This is a crucial time in the Premier League title race, and it could be the week where Liverpool win or lose the league.
For the past weeks, the fight for the title has been depicted as a two-horse race between Man City and Liverpool, which will go down to the wire. But with City dropping three points against Newcastle yesterday, Liverpool can open up a seven-point lead with a victory against Leicester this evening at Anfield. A lead that size is huge, particularly given the fact that The Reds have a very comfortable fixture list for the rest of the season, as almost all their hard games are at home.
However, the most troubling thing for Liverpool for their fixture tonight, as well as their trip to West Ham on Monday, is their injury crisis at the moment. Jürgen Klopp’s defence has been decimated by injury, and while they have survived so far, they will continue to be tested in the coming weeks.
If Liverpool drop any points over the coming games, they offer Man City a reprieve and launch Pep Guardiola’s men straight back into the title picture. However, if Man City are still in the title race, by virtue of that, Tottenham should be in that discussion as well.
Spurs are currently five points behind City; if they win tonight against Watford, they limit it to a two-point gap. A gap like that warrants Tottenham to be in the picture. Of course, they are a large nine points behind Liverpool, but now that they are out of the FA Cup and League Cup, Spurs and Liverpool have much more comfortable fixture lists than City do.
It is unlikely, but if people still say that Man City are in the title race, then they have to accept that Tottenham are too.