Liverpool is running out of games. They have just four left.
Against Fulham they had a number of chances and enjoyed a huge edge in possession but were unable to score. Like Wayne Rooney for Man Utd, Liverpool were without El Nino when needed the most. And in more disturbing news, he might have a longer injury layoff than previously thought.
City currently occupying fourth spot are ahead by six points with a game in hand. Spurs ahead of Liverpool by four points lie in fifth with a two game advantage. An uphill climb just got even steeper.
There remains a very slim chance when you consider the strength of the opposition in the remaining matches distinctly favours Liverpool. West Ham at home, away to Burnley, home against Chelsea, before finishing off at home against Hull. Three home games where they been very good including that huge game against Chelsea.
City on the other hand have the Man Utd derby coming up at home, travel to Arsenal, face Aston Villa and Tottenham at home the next two weeks, and finish off at West Ham.
Spurs face an equally tougher schedule including the top three clubs on the trot. Arsenal this week at home and then Chelsea before traveling to take on Man Utd. They come back to face Bolton and then take on City before finishing away at Burnley.
Liverpool can hope for a maximum of 12 points to bump their total points to 68. For City to surpass that total it needs only 2 wins and a draw. In their present form that appears very doable barring a major implosion. However losses against Utd and Arsenal could put them under tremendous pressure making the Chelsea match at Anfield a pivotal match. The same could be said for Spurs.