Sadio Mane believes Liverpool will have to win all of their six remaining games to win the title race. The Reds sit in top spot but Manchester City have a game in hand.
Victory over Tottenham Hotspur put the Reds back above City – at least until the champions host Cardiff City this week.
But Mane doesn’t think Liverpool can afford to drop any more points if they’re to be there to the end.
“To be honest I think we need to win all of the games, even if it will not be easy,” he said, report Sky Sports.
“But we still can win every game because we are a good team and we play very well.”
But is Mane right about the title race? Will City put up such a fight that the Reds need maximum points? A look at the fixture list suggests they may not.
Three of City’s games really stand out: a home game against Spurs and away games against Crystal Palace and Manchester United.
The Spurs and United games are obvious in their difficulty but Palace, we should remember, are one of only two sides to beat City in the Premier League this year.
Palace were also the side to end City’s winning run last season and were a missed last-minute penalty away from beating them.
On top of all that, those three games come after Champions League outings. And City haven’t impressed in the new year after European trips.
Their 0-0 in the League Cup final followed the first-leg against Schalke 04. The second leg came before a very fortunate 3-2 win over Swansea City.
Last season their FA Cup exit to Wigan Athletic came after a Champions League game. Similarly, their 3-2 defeat to United was after their first-leg defeat to Liverpool.
This time around, their first leg against Spurs will be followed by their trip to Palace. Their League game against Spurs comes three days after the second leg, too, with the trip to United just four days after that.
City will put up a hell of a fight – there’s no doubt about that. But it may not be quite the fight that some are expecting.