A draw or defeat for City against Burnley would have meant victory at Anfield on Wednesday would have secured the title.
But Pep Guardiola’s side raced into a 3-0 lead by half-time and ran out very comfortable 5-0 winners in their second game back after the restart.
Such a scenario would then mean City giving the new champions a guard of honour when the two teams meet a week on Thursday.
Should City beat Chelsea, Liverpool would then have the opportunity to win the title by either drawing or beating Guardiola’s side.
So provided Liverpool can beat Palace on Wednesday, all eyes will then be on the clash at Stamford Bridge on Thursday evening.
Guardiola rotated his side for the thrashing of Burnley, resting Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundoagan and Aymeric Laporte.
Liverpool need to win the title in their fixture at City in order to set a new record for the earliest title win, which would be with six games remaining. The current record is five games remaining, set by Man United in 2001 and Man City in 2018.
City remain 20 points behind Liverpool, with both having played 30 games.
Burnley issued a statement condemning the incident, saying: “This, in no way, represents what Burnley Football Club stands for and we will work fully with the authorities to identify those responsible and issue lifetime bans.