Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson insists the Premier League title race is still wide open after his side’s 2-2 thriller against Manchester City.
Both teams entered the game knowing that getting three points would give them the upper hand to go on and win the title in May.
But Liverpool equalized twice with goals from Diogo Jota and Sadio Mane nullifying strikes from Kevin de Bruyne and Gabriel Jesus.
Henderson shrugged off the fact that the Reds are still a point behind their title rivals with seven games remaining. The Reds captain says there is still time before the end of the season.
He said sky sports (via AnfieldWatch):
“It was an intense game – we knew it would be. We knew it would be difficult. City are a fantastic team. We wanted to win but we didn’t lose – it’s not the end of the world. We are still in the running.”
There was an argument to be made that Liverpool were second best for much of the thrilling first half.
Henderson thinks his side didn’t start in the best of ways, with Manchester City capitalizing twice, adding:
“We started well but were a bit restless at times. We knew we were going to be under pressure. They’re a fantastic team, but once we settled in it caused them problems.”
The Reds showed their grit and determination to find two equalisers, with Mane’s crucial strike just after half-time leaving the title chase in an intriguing position.
“We showed a lot of character to come back twice. You have to stay positive and stay in the spotlight.”
What does the break-in look like for Manchester City and Liverpool?
The two teams have now played 31 games and are only one point apart.
They both remain in contention for the UEFA Champions League and look set to progress to the semi-finals, having taken the lead in their respective first legs in the quarter-finals.
The two heavyweights will meet again next Sunday in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
But for the title race, there will certainly be twists and turns until May.
Perhaps the most notable matches for Liverpool are the matches against Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.
United and Spurs are embroiled in a top-four battle against Arsenal and West Ham. Meanwhile, Everton are battling relegation and will want to prove a point in the Merseyside derby.
Manchester City’s run-in seems more favorable. They face Watford, who are battling players like Everton at the bottom of the table.
West Ham, as mentioned, are in the top four. But aside from these encounters, the clashes seem to be ones Manchester City should do well in.
The title race continues with all eyes on how Liverpool fare against fierce rivals Manchester United in two weeks.