The Premier League title race took an interesting turn last night after Liverpool were held to a 1-1 draw by West Ham at the London Stadium.
This latest setback comes after the Reds picked up the same result against Leicester City last week and has now given Manchester City the chance to go top of the table when they take on Everton tomorrow at Goodison Park.
Should Pep Guardiola’s side manage to pick up all three points as expected, it is still probably too early for the Anfield faithful to start panicking. But looking at the bigger picture, there are two huge factors that are now starting to look massive in this title race — and not in Liverpool’s favour.
As if Sergio Aguero’s goals were not already proving to be a thorn in Liverpool’s side, the Argentine striker’s hat-trick against Arsenal over the weekend was a reminder of the sort of firepower Jurgen Klopp’s men are up against.
Aguero, who took his goal tally for the Premier League season up to 14 in Manchester City’s 3-1 win, was on another level that day in terms of what a coach expects from his No.9 and has been in top form of late.
If the Argentina international can maintain the level he is playing at, a level which sees him continuously find the back of the net, then it is hard to see where Manchester City are going to drop points.
With things really starting to heat up in the title race, the last thing Liverpool will want is to have to face a team of Bayern Munich’s calibre over two legs with one of them coming before a tricky trip to Old Trafford to face rivals Manchester United.
Meanwhile, Manchester City will likely have the opportunity to rest some key players in their Champions League last 16 tie after being drawn against significantly weaker opponents in Schalke.
In recent seasons, both at Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, Klopp has struggled to cope with dealing on multiple fronts, especially at this time of the season where his teams can burnout.
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