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Liverpool and Man City fixtures before Premier League title clash in April

Liverpool have reduced the gap between them and Man City, holding a valuable game in hand, with a chance to move even closer ahead of their trip to the Etihad in April.

A 3-1 victory over Crystal Palace saw the Reds flex their muscle as title contenders, with the timing of the win, a day after City’s 1-1 draw with Southampton, of vital importance.

With City dropping points for only the fifth time this campaign, Liverpool moved to within nine points of the league leaders, with a game in hand due to the postponed Boxing Day clash with Leeds.

Hopes of a title challenge have been restored, though the odds are still stacked against Jurgen Klopp‘s side with 16 league games left to play.

In theory, winning that game in hand will cut the gap to six points, but victory over City on April 9 would be even more valuable.

There are two months of fixtures between now and then, though, and here is who both Liverpool and City will play.

 

Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 23, 2022: Liverpool's manager Jürgen Klopp celebrates after the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. Liverpool won 3-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Cardiff (H) – February 6

Leicester (H) – February 10

Burnley (A) – February 13

Inter Milan (A) – February 16

Norwich (H) – February 19

Chelsea (N) – February 27

West Ham (H) – March 5

Inter Milan (H) – March 8

Brighton (A) – March 12

Man United (H) – March 19

Watford (H) – April 2

* Leeds (H) and Arsenal (A) still to fit into Premier League schedule

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, January 23, 2022: Liverpool's Fabio Henrique Tavares 'Fabinho' (2nf from L) celebrates after scoring the third goal during the FA Premier League match between Crystal Palace FC and Liverpool FC at Selhurst Park. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On paper, it is a straightforward run for Liverpool in the Premier League, with Leicester, Burnley, Norwich, West Ham, Brighton and Watford all sides they should expect to beat.

The visit of Man United sparks memories of that 5-0 rout at Old Trafford earlier in the campaign, with the challenge being to follow that up with another big win.

It will be a busy run, though, not least due to two Champions League clashes with Inter Milan and the League Cup final against Chelsea.

The Premier League will also be looking to squeeze in the postponed Leeds game, while a new date will need to be found for the trip to Arsenal, too.

 

Man City

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Sunday, October 3, 2021: Manchester City's manager Josep 'Pep' Guardiola during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Manchester City FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Fulham (H) – February 5

Brentford (H) – February 9

Norwich (A) – February 12

Sporting CP (A) – February 15

Tottenham (H) – February 19

Everton (A) – February 26

Man United (H) – March 5

Sporting CP (H) – March 9

Crystal Palace (A) – March 12

Brighton (H) – March 19

Burnley (A) – April 2

LEICESTER, ENGLAND - Saturday, September 11, 2021: Manchester City's Bernardo Silva celebrates after scoring the winning goal during the FA Premier League match between Leicester City FC and Manchester City FC at the King Power Stadium. Manchester City won 1-0. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Such is City’s robotic consistency, it is hard to see Pep Guardiola’s side dropping too many points between now and the visit of Liverpool.

But the draw at Southampton showed it is certainly possible, and City have a tougher run of fixtures than their title rivals, particularly as February turns to March.

Tottenham, Everton and Man United have all struggled at points throughout the campaign, but improvements under Antonio Conte, a new manager at Goodison and the added incentive of a derby win for United does make it a dangerous run.

City’s only defeats in the Premier League so far have come against Spurs and Crystal Palace, too, so there is evidence of their flaws at work.

If Liverpool do manage to catch up to City by reducing the points gap, reviving their title bid, the visit of Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa is set for the final day of the season at the Etihad…

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