While it was not as emphatic as initially hoped, the result that unfolded at the London Stadium on Sunday still serves as a big boost to Liverpool.
It was a favourite of Jurgen Klopp‘s, Bowen, that put the Hammers 2-0 up in the first half, only to be pegged back by Jack Grealish and a Vladimir Coufal own goal.
Then, with Craig Dawson bringing down Gabriel Jesus in the area, Riyad Mahrez had the chance to all but wrap up the title from the spot.
Only for Lukasz Fabianski to make the save.
City were left to settle for a draw, then, extending their lead at the top of the table to four points but with only one game remaining against Villa.
Where does it leave Liverpool?
Well, firstly, they still have a job to do at Southampton on Tuesday night, with a heavily rotated side expected for the trip to St Mary’s.
But City’s slip-up certainly opens the door for the title race to realistically go down to the final day, perhaps even without the need to overtake on goal difference.
Were City to lose at the Etihad on the final day, but the Reds draw one of their final two games, it would take a big swing in terms of goal difference to bring the title back to Anfield.