The scenes witnessed at Old Trafford last Sunday have divided opinion, but for Liverpool fans – there may be one positive shrouded amid all the controversy.
Though the reasons for the lack of game are serious, the fixture was the first in Premier League history to be postponed due to fan behaviour, not playing on Sunday may have actually helped Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The game presented somewhat of a double-edged sword for the Reds, who, if they had won, would have officially handed the title to Manchester City – their most fierce competitors in recent seasons.
Pep Guardiola’s City side sealed their place in this year’s Champions League final after making light work of Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, meaning their next priority is to confirm their third league title in four seasons.
After Liverpool were forced out of action last weekend, it presents City with the opportunity to actually secure the league title themselves when they welcome Chelsea to the Etihad on Saturday evening.
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Chelsea are one of Liverpool’s main rivals for the coveted fourth spot, the fact that the title is not yet wrapped up will provide City with the motivation they need, whereas if Liverpool had triumphed at Old Trafford – Chelsea may have fancied their chances in what would have been a dead rubber.
Chelsea will also travel to Manchester after the mammoth task of welcoming Real Madrid to Stamford Bridge for the second leg of their own Champions League semi-final, boss Thomas Tuchel will be hoping the tie can be wrapped up without going to extra time, given the City clash on the horizon.
Chelsea’s fixture list for the remainder of the season is, on paper at least, tougher than Liverpool’s, who host Southampton shortly after the Blues’ game at City. Tuchel’s men then face a run-in that includes home meetings against Arsenal and Leicester City either side of a cup final clash with the Foxes before a final day trip to Aston Villa.
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