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EPL: Manchester City versus Liverpool: A closer look at thrilling title race

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Liverpool’s 2-0 win at Arsenal on Wednesday night has moved Jurgen Klopp’s side to within a point of 2021/2022 English Premier League (EPL) leaders Manchester City.

But it has also set up what should be a thrilling finish to a title race which at one point seemed over.

The Reds have clawed their way back from a 13-point deficit since January, aided by games in hand.

However, they are also riding a nine-game winning streak as the showdown between the two sides in Manchester on April 10 looms.

But while that fixture understandably catches the eye, neither Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola nor Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp will call it decisive.

This is because both sides still have nine games to play between now and the trophy being lifted.

Below is a look at the run-in for both sides:

Manchester City

Home games: Liverpool (Apr. 10), Brighton (Apr. 20), Watford (Apr. 23), Newcastle United (May 7), Aston Villa (May 22)

Away games: Burnley (Apr. 2), Wolves (Apr. 17), Leeds United (Apr. 30), West Ham (May 15)

On paper, Manchester City have slightly the easier of the two run-ins —- but only just.

They have games remaining against three relegation battlers with a trip to Burnley up next.

They have won nine and drawn one of their 10 Premier League meetings with the Clarets since 2016.

Both Watford and Leeds United are still to come.

What looks like the most difficult part of Manchester City’s agenda comes at the end.

The last three fixtures will see Newcastle United and Aston Villa visit Manchester either side of a trip to West Ham.

They are all sides with points to prove and, in West Ham’s case, the potential carrot of European football to chase.

There is also a tricky trip to Wolves, themselves on the fringes of the European places, to negotiate on April 17.

But of course the main focus is on that visit of Liverpool themselves on April 10.

Manchester City will take confidence from the fact they have lost only one of their last seven Premier League meetings with Klopp’s side, although three of those have finished as draws.

Liverpool

Home games: Watford (Apr. 2), Manchester United (Apr. 19), Everton (Apr. 24), Tottenham (May 7), Wolves (May 22)

Away games: Manchester City (Apr. 10), Aston Villa (Apr. 16), Newcastle United (Apr. 30), Southampton (May 15)

With Manchester United, Tottenham, and Wolves all to come after the visit to the Etihad Stadium, Liverpool must face four sides currently in the top eight in their last nine games.

After playing against Manchester City, Liverpool will next travel to face old boy Steven Gerrard and his improving Aston Villa side.

They then return to Merseyside for back-to-back home games against old rivals Manchester United and Everton in the space of a few days.

Tricky away trips to Newcastle United and Southampton come either side of a visit from Tottenham, who continue to chase a top-four finish.

But although the average league position of Liverpool’s remaining slate is slightly higher than Manchester City’s, there are some advantages baked into the schedule.

Liverpool can go top by beating Watford next time out, at least for a couple of hours, as they kick off before Manchester City.

That is one of four times between now and the end of the season when Klopp’s side play before Manchester City, giving them the chance to put the pressure on.

In contrast, Manchester City play before Liverpool only once, facing Watford at home a day before the Merseyside derby.

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