Is it really Liverpool's title to lose?

Premier League

Strong bookies favourites and clear at the top, seven more points will guarantee Liverpool their first title in 24 years.

The sentence 'it’s Liverpool’s to lose' has been bandied about since the weekend when the topic of the title race has come up.

They currently sit five points clear at the top of the Premier League with three games remaining, and have the opportunity to end Chelsea’s hopes this season by beating Jose Mourinho’s side at Anfield.

Manchester City are a point further back having played a game less. If they were to win all their games and Liverpool would to lose one of their remaining three games then, incredibly, City could be lifting the title on goal difference for the second time within three years.

So, just the one slip up and the dream could be taken away from Liverpool, but bookies heavily fancy them with their best price at 1/5, after being priced as long as 33/1 at one point since August.

Both Manchester City and Chelsea are capable of winning their remaining games – but it seems as if people have looked at the absolute figure of points and thought Liverpool shouldn’t be stopped from where they are.

City have arguably the harder run in as they have to face Everton at Goodison Park at the start of May whilst Chelsea face relegation candidates in form of Norwich City and Cardiff City. For Liverpool, other than their encounter with Chelsea face an in form, but safe, Crystal Palace side and welcome a Newcastle United side in disarray.

Jose Mourinho has already ended one good run of form this season which has been pivotal for the chase for the title. Manchester City had won 11 games from 12 before Chelsea travelled to the Etihad Stadium, and a Branislav Ivanovic strike gave the Blues all three points.

He will be relishing the task of trying to end another good run and trying to scupper the dream of a club who he does have history with – Mourinho even mentioned as lately as this week over the controversial Luis Garcia goal that knocked Chelsea out of the Champions League in 2005.

The momentum is certainly with Liverpool and they have notched up several big wins during that time and could be harder to stop at this stage of the season with the finishing line so close.

Liverpool are in pole position, some would say they even have one hand on the title. But one would be sceptical to say it’s theirs to lose, as it could only take one result to scupper it all.

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