Jurgen Klopp has said he doesn’t expect Manchester City to slip up this weekend against Aston Villa, meaning Pep Guardiola’s men would claim another Premier League title at the expense of Liverpool.
A 2-2 draw with West Ham United on Sunday moved City four points clear of second-placed Liverpool heading into the final week of the domestic season, with the Reds facing a game in hand against Southampton on Tuesday night.
Should the Merseyside club lose on the south coast, that will end any possibility of them finishing top and therefore hand City the title ahead of the final round of fixtures.
However, a win or draw against Southampton would ensure the title will be decided on Sunday, with City hosting Villa and Liverpool facing Wolverhampton Wanderers at the same time.
Regardless of how Liverpool perform in their remaining matches, Klopp has said it is unlikely City will drop points for a second consecutive game and feels they will probably get the better of Villa on Sunday.
"I am looking forward to the [Southampton] game tomorrow,” the German said in Monday’s pre-match press conference. "I don’t know the last time City dropped points two games in a row.
“Villa have to play midweek [against Burnley on Thursday]. They are not used to that. I don’t expect City to drop points there.”
A win for City against Steven Gerrard’s men would see them claim a sixth Premier League title, and a fourth under Guardiola. It would also end any talk of Liverpool winning the quadruple, a feat which became even more of a possibility at the weekend when they beat Chelsea on penalties in the FA Cup final.
Meanwhile, a sub-plot of Sunday’s final day could see Jack Grealish win the title against his boyhood club, with the winger leaving Villa to join City for £100m last summer.
Speaking after the 2-2 draw with West Ham, where the Sky Blues came from two goals down to claim a valuable point, Grealish claimed it ‘just had to be’ against Villa.