Fan Zone: “The Premier League should be quite grateful for Liverpool.”

Harry Kane’s stoppage-time goal on Saturday night gave Tottenham a stunning victory over Premier League leaders Manchester City that not only secured three vital points for the visitors, but also handed Liverpool a lifeline in the Premier League title race.

The Spurs striker, whom City had tried to sign in the summer, rose highest to nod home Dejan Kulusevski’s cross in the 95th minute to spark wild celebrations from the travelling fans.

But it wasn’t just those in North London hailing that last-minute winner.

Liverpool fans now have a newfound sense of belief that they still have a chance of claiming a title that so many had already conceded was heading to the Blue side of Manchester for the fourth time in five seasons.

Harry Kane Tottenham 2022

“You’d be foolish to say the title race isn’t back on,” Dee from Back of the Nest claimed on this week’s episode of Fan Zone where he was joined by Callum from Kopish and Joe from Turf Cast.

“When you look at the points, Liverpool are only six behind Manchester City with a game in hand.

“But let’s put everything back into context, when it comes down to it, you look at City so far this season; their last loss before the Spurs game was against Palace in October 2021.

“So one loss in four months doesn’t really change much for me and when it comes down to it, I think it’s going to be exciting, but my favourites are still Manchester City.

“I think Liverpool will be asking some questions and it’s what the Premier League wants, because we haven’t really talked about the title race until this weekend just gone.”

Tottenham 2022

Saturday’s defeat was City’s first in 16 since going down 2-0 to Crystal Palace on October 30th and just their third loss all season.

The result means Pep Guardiola’s men are six points clear of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, but the Merseysiders have played one game less.

And to make matters more interesting, the two sides are scheduled to meet each other at the Etihad on the weekend of April 9th – seemingly with all to play for.

“I don’t think the title race was ever off,” said Joe from Turf Cast on this week’s show.

“City were only really one random defeat away from the race being back on because Liverpool have that game in hand and they’ve got to play City as well.

“Liverpool only needed City to slip up once and it’s happened, and Liverpool will be thinking they can do this.

Luis Diaz Liverpool 2022

“I think City, in the end, will probably have too much but for neutral fans, it’s good that we can actually watch the title race.

“Everyone was concentrating on the race for fourth and the relegation battle, but now we can all concentrate on the top of the Premier League again.

“When City play Liverpool, that’s going to be a massive game in terms of the title race.”

Just 24-hours before Manchester City’s surprise home defeat to Spurs, Liverpool had recovered from an early scare themselves, coming from a goal behind at Anfield to beat struggling Norwich City 3-1.

The win was Liverpool’s fifth win on the bounce after a 2-1 defeat to Leicester City in December and a 2-2 draw with Chelsea on January 2.

As a result, City’s lead, which had been 11 points over Liverpool as recently as mid-January, has now slimmed down dramatically.

And Callum from Kopish believes the Reds deserve credit for keeping the league alive even if they’re not to go on and ultimately clinch their second title under Jurgen Klopp.

“From the very moment the season started I said City would win the league,” he explained on FanZone.

Jurgen Klopp

“I always said Liverpool will finish second behind City, and I still think that may be the case as City are one of those teams that could conceivably go on a run where they win every game.

“That being said though, Liverpool are always better when they are hunting as opposed to being chased.

“I think City slipping up at the weekend and us getting close to them and us still having to play them makes the title race.

“I’ll be honest, without Liverpool the last few years, this would be something of a farmer’s league because City would have totally dominated.

“As a whole, I think the Premier League should be quite grateful for Liverpool at the moment as without us it could be a one-horse race every season.”

On this week’s show, the trio discussed; whether Brendan Rodgers’ job is under threat at Leicester, the biggest underperformers of the season so far, as well as the greatest Premier League striker of all time.

You can watch the full episode here…

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Author: Paula Bryant