Liverpool will not win title

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool may currently sit seven points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League, but I still believe they will fail to secure their first league title for 29 years.

Provided City win their game in hand on the Reds, the gap will be cut to four points with 16 matches left to play. Despite a favourable run-in, which sees Liverpool host Huddersfield and Wolves and travel to Cardiff and Newcastle in their last four games, they do host Chelsea in April.

Five years ago, Brendan Rodgers’ team let a seven-point lead slip with just four games to go. The main catalyst for this being Steven Gerrard’s slip in a defeat to Chelsea just two weeks after Philippe Coutinho had powered them to a win over City.

This season, Liverpool face Chelsea at Anfield on April 13th, which is matchday 34, the same matchday as in 2014. Coincidence or not, this will no doubt be picked up on by the media in the build-up especially if the title race is still in the balance.

Liverpool’s fixture list shows the testing period in February and March

However, Liverpool’s biggest threat of a slip-up comes between the two legs of their Champions League round of 16 tie with German champions Bayern Munich. In the space of a week, the Reds travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United and host Watford in midweek before a Merseyside derby with Everton.

In contrast, Pep Guardiola’s Sky Blues face Everton away, West Ham at home and Bournemouth away in the same seven-day period. Whilst they do host Tottenham on the final day, the difficulty of City’s run-in is arguably on par with that of their title rivals.

Manchester City possess a formidable squad and will provide a stern test for Liverpool’s aspirations

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