By Ray Hamill …
Rarely has the race for second in something ever looked this exciting.
But that’s a part of what makes the EPL special. There’s a lot more at stake than just who wins the title. There’s the race for the Champions League and Europa League spots at one end, and the race to avoid relegation at the other.
On Sunday, Liverpool pulled out a 4-3 thriller at Anfield to end Manchester City’s 30-match unbeaten run in league play, a run that included 20 wins in 22 games this season.
This game, however, was more about the Reds winning than City losing.
Any talk of City going undefeated this season was way too premature in a league as tough as any from top to bottom and a league where everyone poses a viable threat in any given week.
In the same vein, however, any talk that Sunday’s loss might put a dent in their title ambitions is just as ludicrous.
So for the Sky Blues, the loss means little really, and if anything it will take away any pressure that may have been building for them to complete the unbeaten campaign.
On the other hand, however, it’s a huge result in the race for the top four and the coveted Champions League places.
With Chelsea dropping points on Saturday and Manchester United yet to play this weekend, the battle for second through fourth is now about as tight as it gets.
Liverpool is now tied on points (47) with United and Chelsea, sandwiched between the two of them only on goal difference.
Second-placed United still have a game in hand and can move three points clear with a victory over Stoke City on Monday.
But that’s still a minimal gap at this stage of the season, and with Tottenham just three points back and on a hot streak, there’s a fantastic battle shaping up over the final few months of the campaign.
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