Manchester City’s last defeat on the final day of a Premier League season can give Liverpool hope of the title.
Victory for City away at Brighton guarantees them the title. Anything less, however, and a Liverpool win over Wolves takes the title to Anfield.
Now, few expect City to lose against the team in 17th. They’ve won 13 Premier League games in a row and have conceded just twice in their last 10.
It doesn’t look good for Liverpool, even if they tear Wolves to shreds. They could win 8-0 but if City scrape another 1-0, the title is theirs.
City haven’t lost on the final day since 2013, either. That day they lost 3-2 at home against Norwich City, a brilliant Jonny Howson goal winning it.
But Liverpool can take hope from that game. Norwich’s manager that day was Chris Hughton and it’s the now-Brighton manager that Liverpool are relying upon on Sunday.
No, it’s not the strongest reason for hope in the world. You could argue that it holds little relevance – it certainly would have been nice if their last final-day defeat was last season away at Brighton.
But City’s last final day loss does give a little hope nonetheless. And as Liverpool found out once again this week, even just a little hope is sometimes enough.