Although Manchester City defeated Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday, they suffered a devastating injury blow.
In the first half, midfielder Kevin De Bruyne went down with a hamstring injury and was forced off the pitch. After the match, Pep Guardiola confirmed that the Belgian would miss the pivotal midweek match against Manchester United.
The winner from this situation is undoubtedly Liverpool. The Reds are desperate for their rivals to slip up during the run-in, and City’s match against their Manchester rivals was always going to be the toughest game of the lot.
Now without De Bruyne — one of the club’s brightest creative talents — Manchester City’s job will be all the more difficult against the Red Devils in midweek.
While City face off against United, Liverpool’s final four matches are against Cardiff City, Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Wolves.
The run-in for the Reds could hardly be more favourable, leaving Liverpool supporters dreaming of a perfect end to the Premier League campaign.
And with Manchester City missing one of their star players for the formidable matchup in the Manchester derby, Liverpool must be hoping for Guardiola’s men to slip up at Old Trafford.
A razor-thin margin currently separates the two sides atop the Premier League table, and losing De Bruyne could just tip the scales in Liverpool’s favour.