Manchester City’s Premier League title chances were dealt an enormous blow as they slumped to a shock 2-1 defeat to Newcastle United at St James’ Park.
Sergio Aguero’s customary goal against Newcastle with just 24 seconds on the clock appeared to have set City on their way to a routine victory before a spirited second half showing from the hosts transformed the game.
Salomon Rondon’s smartly taken volley and Matt Ritchie’s penalty earned a crucial three points for relegation-threatened Newcastle and swung the Premier League pendulum firmly in Liverpool’s favour ahead of their game against Leicester this evening.
Guardiola misses out on Premier League record Pep Guardiola has won 73 of his 100 Premier League matches
Had City won, Guardiola would have registered his 74th victory in the competition. As it turned out, defeat means he ended his 100th game in a Premier League dugout on 73 wins, level with Mourinho.
While plenty have cast Liverpool as champions elect off the back of their form this season and their favourable end-of-season run-in, Klopp has attempted to downplay the rising optimism in the red half of Merseyside by insisting, quite correctly, that there is plenty of football still to be played.
Be that as it may, Liverpool will never have a greater chance of ending their 29-year wait for a top-flight title than this season. A win over Leicester in front of the lights at Anfield on Wednesday night would open up a sizeable seven-point lead at the top of the table.
Liverpool do not have a Carabao Cup final occupying their minds in a few weeks time, they do not have the added distraction of the FA Cup either and given how much winning the Premier League would mean to the club and the fans, the Champions League will certainly take a back-seat for now.