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How Liverpool and Man City could be forced into a Premier League title play-off clash – results required and when the match could be played


The 2021/22 Premier League title run has been one of the best in recent years, and there’s a chance it could be even better.

There is always the possibility of a Premier League play-off between Liverpool and Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola could face each other again
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Top-flight rules state that if the two teams at the top of the table finish level on points, goal difference, goals scored and head-to-head results, a play-off will decide the winner.

So talkSPORT.com decided to take a closer look at how the most important game in Premier League history could unfold.

How Liverpool and Man City could be forced into a Premier League title play-off clash – results required and when the match could be played
What the top of the Premier League currently looks like

What are the results required for a play-off?

After both matches between the teams ended in 2-2 draws, the same head-to-head record was secured.

Thus, Liverpool need to collect three points more than City in the last three games, which means the Citizens have to lose a game.

The Reds also need to score two more and concede two fewer than the reigning Premier League champions for the play-off to have any chance of happening.

However, if City were to lose 2-1 to Wolves or West Ham, Liverpool could return the title chase to goalscoring on the final day if they managed four unconcerned goals against Aston Villa and Southampton.

If that happened, the team that scored the most goals on the final day would be crowned champions, but a play-off would be required if they both got the same results.

Results needed for Premier League title play-off

Aston Villa 0 Liverpool 2

Wolves 2 Man City 1

West Ham 0Man City 1

Southampton 0Liverpool 2

Liverpool 3 Wolves 0

Manchester City 3 Aston Villa 0


When could we play a Premier League play-off?

Both teams would need at least 48 hours between the last game of the season and the proposed play-off.

This means that the earliest possible date would be Wednesday May 25 and Old Trafford would be a potential venue for the game.

However, it would certainly disrupt Liverpool’s preparations for the Champions League final on May 28.

But with a full slate of international fixtures scheduled for early June, it’s hard to see where they could fit in other than May 25, which you can’t imagine would go too well with Klopp.

However, we could see this incredible scenario play out, and what a fitting way it would be to decide this title race between two fantastic teams.

Premier League title race: what has been said?

Joe Cole told talkSPORT: “Any game between Liverpool and Man City, at the moment, just sit back and watch it. It’s just football at the top.

“It’s a pleasure to watch.

“It’s certainly a pleasure to be able to watch these types of games live as an expert up close.

“It’s spectacular football.”

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