Liverpool's win over Manchester City - the key to how the league will look in May?

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Liverpool's win over Manchester City may have been felt wider than at Anfield, with Manchester United, Chelsea, Arsenal, Tottenham and Southampton all taking great interest in what happened.

There will have been a lot of eyes on Anfield on Sunday lunchtime. From the North West of England, to London and to the South coast, there will have been people looking at Liverpool's clash with Manchester City closely.

Chelsea will have earmarked it as a game of difficulty for City. Their wretched record at Anfield there for all to see, Jose Mourinho's side were hoping tighten their grip in the title race while away winning a different competition. Tottenham were hoping for similar circumstances, but in the top four and different results to their final opponents.

Then there's Arsenal, who seem to be going about their business of threatening not to qualify for the Champions League before their customary run of form takes them into a position where they can play in Europe's premier competition for the following season, while Southampton were at home hoping for some sort of reprieve after their defeat to West Bromwich Albion. 

Manchester United, a side that has been struggling in terms of performance but seemingly doing enough to keep themselves in the mix and in the Champions League places, perhaps could have done with their near neighbours doing them a favour and grabbing victory at Anfield.

Watching Liverpool's win was probably a blow to Manchester United more than the other contenders for the top four. Liverpool moved to within two points of them courtesy of their victory over the champions but they're a side that is playing very well and are on top of the form table - and this month United head to Anfield in what looks to be a huge game in the context of their respective seasons.

If you're in the final position in that race, and you see a side that is coming into some good form like Liverpool are while not playing yourself, it could feel like a blow. 

Given the amount of players at United who have been part of successful teams, you'd think they'd have enough belief in themselves to hold on to that position, even if they have to travel to Anfield towards the end of the month.

It's one big hurdle out of the way for Liverpool, on a weekend when they were perhaps expected to drop points - even former Manchester United captain Gary Neville said Liverpool will take some stopping when commentating on the game. If Liverpool keep the momentum and achieve their objective in the league this season, it'll probably be this result that will be looked on as the catalyst.

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