Manchester City were left celebrating as they watched both Chelsea and Liverpool slip at Stamford Bridge, with the two taking points from one another in a 2-2 draw on Sunday.
The game was lively and filled with mistakes, leaving both sides somewhat frustrated but the Blues would have been the happier of the two sides, taking a point from an excellent Liverpool.
Jurgen Klopp was absent due to a positive COVID-19 test result, and the Reds also had to do without Alisson Becker, Joel Matip, Roberto Firmino, Thiago Alcantara, and Andy Robertson. Chelsea, meanwhile, were without a Romelu Lukaku left on the naughty step, as well as Timo Werner, Reece James, and Ben Chilwell.
Sadio Mane gave Liverpool an early lead after Trevoh Chalobah gifted him a chance, allowing the Senegal forward to end a nine-game wait for a goal.
Ex-Chelsea forward Mohamed Salah exploited some space to double Liverpool’s lead, and Liverpool looked comfortable then with a two-goal advantage.
But the Blues bounced back and Mateo Kovacic pulled a goal back before half time, volleying home to halve the deficit. Christian Pulisic then scored to send the sides in level at the break.
Remarkably there were no more goals in the second half, with Chelsea struggling to find their feet. Both goalkeepers – Edouard Mendy and Caoimhin Kelleher – had impressive games at either end.
When the final whistle blew, though, it was Pep Guardiola and Manchester City who were left celebrating, now sitting 10 points clear at the top of the Premier League table.