Gary Neville has warned that Manchester City could drop points against Wolves or West Ham and give Liverpool a Premier League title boost.
City have had a slim, one-point advantage over the Reds in the race for the top-flight crown for some time. Either side could have provided a massive twist with victory in April’s meeting, but a draw kept the situation the same.
That is – until Saturday, when Liverpool could only draw 1-1 with Tottenham at Anfield.
City consequently responded by thrashing Newcastle 5-0. Not only are Pep Guardiola’s side now three points clear, they also have +4 goal difference swing on Jurgen Klopp’s men.
However, Guardiola confirmed that key defensive trio Ruben Dias, John Stones and Kyle Walker will all miss the rest of the season through injury.
And according to former Manchester United full-back Neville, City could be in real trouble against Wolves and West Ham.
“I do believe Wolves or West Ham could shock Manchester City,” the pundit told his podcast.
“With Ruben Dias injured, they are going to teams who have got systems of play that can hurt City. Both teams have had good seasons. They are awkward. City will need to be at their best. The centre back partnership has been obliterated.
“The injury is a boost for Liverpool’s chances. I do think there is something left in this title race. It won’t go plain sailing to the end.
“If City get through the next two, they’ll win it. Wolves or West Ham have to pull points off City but it’s not over.”
Neville warns of Man City slip
Indeed, Neville added that, behind Arsenal and Tottenham, Liverpool would have picked Wolves and West Ham as the next hardest away games for City.
“Manchester United have gone and Chelsea have dropped their levels,” the pundit added.
“There is a lot to play for. It’s good for the league that Liverpool are playing first and can get level. I don’t think Liverpool will drop points. They will do their job.”
On Tuesday, Liverpool travel to Aston Villa – who have to go to City on the final day.
Liverpool also have to face Wolves on the final day at Anfield after City go to Molineux on Wednesday.
Liverpool, Man City clear of the rest
While either Liverpool or Man City will lose out on the title, both sides have once again showed their incredible standards this season.
In 2018/19, the Reds finished with 97 points – a total that would have won the Premier League in countless other seasons.
However, City had the edge with 98 points. And after City reached 100 points in 2017/18, Liverpool added 99 points to the list of tallies recorded by the sides in 2019/20.
This term, City can finish on 95 and Liverpool on 92 if both sides win all their remaining games.
But while the points totals have dropped, neither side has lowered their standards this term in the quest for perfection.