Liverpool are now “slight favourites” to Manchester City in the title race, former Chelsea player Jason Cundy said after the Reds’ win over Arsenal on Wednesday night.
Goals from Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino secured Jurgen Klopp’s side a hard-fought 2-0 victory at the Emirates as they overcame a tough test to close the gap with the league leaders to one point.
“Thanks to Liverpool, it’s an outstanding performance,” Cundy told The Sports Bar after the final whistle.
“Against one of the teams in form elsewhere. Arsenal are one of those teams right now who are hitting the suspenders. Big win.
“And Man City – if I was a City fan now, I’d be thinking, ‘They’re not going away.
“They are not leaving. They should, but they are there, and they are still there.
“I think Liverpool at the moment, I think you might slightly have them as favourites.
“Not much, light. Little favorites at the moment.
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“There is a point in that and it could come down to this game in a few weeks at City.
“If City win this, you can very well argue that the title race should really be over.”
Both Liverpool and City have nine games to play in what is proving to be a thrilling title chase.
The two sides are set to meet at the Etihad Stadium on April 10 in what could well be a season-clinching clash.
Liverpool were able to close the gap after City dropped points in a 0-0 draw at Crystal Palace on Monday night.
Asked if he thought Pep Guardiola had over-thought his tactics, Cundy continued: “How he didn’t make any changes in 90 minutes is beyond me.
“The game had a pattern, Palace were really good, very well organised, disciplined, well coached, hard to break. Yet he went on with the same, same, same.
“Change it up, refresh it, give them something different to think about.
“As soon as they scored tonight, Liverpool, they [Klopp] brings out Diogo Jota.
“He brings him out, brings in Mo Salah, brings in Roberto Firmino, then Firmino goes to score.
“I’m not saying that was the difference between the two teams, of course not, but I’m surprised Pep kept it for as long as he did.
“And I’m just wondering now if Liverpool – I would say right now, just, very slight favourites.”
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