Steve Nicol sees Liverpool poised to trump City in the run-in - should they prevail head to head.
The Reds are quite literally in a better place than their title rivals at the Etihad. First place, courtesy of Sunday’s 4-0 thrashing of faltering Tottenham.
City sit back in third position, four points adrift of Brendan Rodgers’ men. Their ace in the hole, however, remains two games in hand on the leaders.
For now, Liverpool can only beat what is in front of them, regardless of the Citizens’ fewer games played.
And they have been, in stunning fashion, too. The Merseysiders have notched eight straight victories, outscoring opponents 30-10 in the process with real attacking prowess.
City have got on well enough themselves in the same stretch, claiming 17 of 24 points on offer. Certainly nothing to scoff at, even if the haul pales in comparison to the Reds’.
But Nicol believes Liverpool’s superb consistency of late could prove decisive in the title race - if Rodgers’ charges can get the better of their rivals on April 13 at Anfield.
“This Liverpool side has been as good a side to watch as I can remember.
“I think the key [to winning the title] is Manchester City at home.
“If they beat Manchester City at home, then they will win it. That game is huge. It is going to be the deciding game.”
Nicol isn’t nearly the first to point to the fixture as the one that potentially settles the title.
But his absolute certainty Liverpool will be crowned champions if they beat City is telling of the confidence surrounding the club right now.
Rodgers has worked hard all season to manage expectations. As the title edges closer to Anfield, however, it will be increasingly difficult to alleviate pressure.
Yet the Reds have overcome nearly all obstacles thus far, and City - along with Chelsea in late April - present the greatest challenge to their newfound ambitions.
And, as Nicol has said, what’s to stop Liverpool from seizing the title if they can see off City?
Chelsea, for one. But with confidence and momentum on the Reds’ side, Rodgers and company will like their chances come May.