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Six key moments that have defined the title race between Man City & Liverpool

What a season it has been for fans of Liverpool and Manchester City.

Luckily for those who enjoy the drama of the Premier League, we’ve seen a much more enthralling title race this term than we did in the previous campaign, where City steamrolled almost everyone who they came across on their way to becoming centurions.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have mounted an inspirational title challenge, and find themselves just a single point behind the Citizens with a game to go.

Pep Guardiola’s men just have to ensure they beat Brighton to become the first back-to-back winners of the Premier League since Manchester United defended their title in 2009; however, any dropped points would mean a Liverpool win over Wolves will secure a maiden Premier League success for the Reds.

Those are the black-and-white details of it all. But what have been the finer aspects of this encapsulating title race?

Let’s take a look at some defining moments…

Daniel Sturridge’s late equaliser vs Chelsea

In just the seventh league game of the campaign, Liverpool were seconds away from suffering a detrimental 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, who at the time were also looking like title challengers.

Luckily for them, Daniel Sturridge popped up with a 30-yard wonder strike to nick a point for the Reds against his old side, and it was a result that gave the Merseysiders belief and allowed them to continue their momentum.

They may well have been left spluttering in City’s dust right now had that effort not found the top corner.

Kevin De Bruyne’s injury problems

It is extremely safe to say that, if City had an elite player such as Kevin De Bruyne fit all season, then the title would probably be out of sight right now.

Instead, the Belgian has managed to make just 11 league starts. De Bruyne has suffered two serious knee injuries, and then upon his return, damaged his hamstring to set him back even further.

He recently looked back to his normal self, but yet another injury against Tottenham has left him battling to be fit for the FA Cup final, and has also seen City limp to wins over Burnley and Leicester without his talents.

Riyad Mahrez’s penalty miss

Again, the Premier League title would probably already be in City’s trophy cabinet were it not for Riyad Mahrez’s late penalty at Anfield in October almost ending up across the city in Goodison Park.

The Algerian had the chance to give City a huge edge in the title race with just five minutes left on the clock, but skied his effort way over Alisson’s crossbar to hand the Reds a lifeline.

Had it nestled into the back of the net the title would surely be in Manchester by now.

Nathaniel Clyne’s departure & Trent Alexander-Arnold’s injury

The decision to loan Nathaniel Clyne out to Bournemouth seemed like a strange one at the time, seeing as Liverpool had just him and Trent Alexander-Arnold at right-back.

Klopp and Michael Edwards’ decision was made to look even more foolish as Alexander-Arnold picked up an injury just days after Clyne left, ruling him out for a month.

In that time, Liverpool limped to disappointing 1-1 draws against Leicester and West Ham, games in which they looked flat without the 20-year-old’s attacking ability – James Milner had to stand in and looked lost, and four vital points slipped away.

John Stones’ goal-line clearance

If City do win the title, which looks likely, the moment that will make almost every Liverpool fans feel empty inside would definitely be John Stones’ goal-line clearance at the Etihad in January, a game City won 2-1.

After Stones’ attempted clearance hit Ederson and seemed to be heading in, the Englishman managed to clear it at the last possible moment – it was later revealed that only 11 millimetres of the ball didn’t cross the line!

Had that gone in and Liverpool went on to win, they would probably be set for a first Premier League title and an invincible season. Ouch.

Vincent Kompany’s unbelievable strike

With every Liverpool fan watching on eagerly, hoping, praying that their former manager Brendan Rodgers could get a result against City, it looked like the unthinkable could be on with the score at 0-0 heading into the latter stages of the game.

With 70 minutes on the clock, captain Vincent Kompany strode forward, and no-one in a Leicester shirt decided to close him down.

The man who has come up trumps so often for the Citizens decided to just put his head down and thump it from 30-yards out, a decision which usually causes angst and frustration from teammates and supporters when squeaky bum time arrives.

But not this time. Unbelievably, the Belgian’s effort found the top-right corner via the crossbar to send the Etihad into raptures and hand City a truly vital three points.

Article title: Six key moments that have defined the title race between Man City & Liverpool

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