When Liverpool host Leicester tomorrow at Anfield, it would have been 11 days since their last competitive match.
The Reds have subsequently been to Dubai and back for a mid-season break, ready for their charge for their first Premier League title, knowing that they need to win their next fourteen games to guarantee it.
However, what is most significant about Liverpool’s break is that in that space of time, their title rivals Man City would have played a staggering four times. They played the following day in the Premier League, faced Burton in the League Cup, hosted Burnley in the FA Cup and travel to Newcastle tonight in the league.
Now, they have brushed three of those opponents aside with consummate ease, and it is likely that they will beat Newcastle tonight. However, had they been given the choice between their schedule and Liverpool’s break, they would surely have chosen the break. The trouble is, it does not get any easier as they are still in both cups.
Of course, Liverpool are still in the Champions League, but it is safe to say that their workload is going to be far less than their rivals this season, and that may give them the edge. Some fans will say that Man City are at an advantage playing a day before Liverpool, meaning they can go within one point ahead of Jürgen Klopp’s men, but Pep Guardiola would also want as much time to give his players a rest, particularly with Arsenal visiting at the weekend.
This title race will go down to the wire, and each team will look for any advantage that they can get. Liverpool may have been handed a major boost.