The Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ got underway on Wednesday, with Liverpool knowing an Arsenal victory at Manchester City would mean a chance to win the title would present itself in Sunday’s Merseyside Derby.
Things never unfolded that way, however, with Manchester City comfortably sweeping aside the Gunners 3-0.
The result still leaves Liverpool requiring 6 points to secure their first top flight crown in 30 years.
Winning the league at Goodison Park would have been idyllic for the Reds – perhaps only topped had the crowning glory come at Old Trafford.
Sunday’s derby clash with Everton will still be as fiercely contested as ever, despite the tantalising title carrot disappearing for now.
The Toffees haven’t beaten their bitterest rivals for close to 10 years, and would love to end that spell by becoming a thorn in the side of Liverpool’s inevitable charge to the crown.
However, any designs on a third consecutive derby win for Liverpool could have to be envisioned without Mohamed Salah – reports suggesting the Egyptian may have picked up a knock.
Pictures from the Reds latest training session at Melwood showed no sign of the 28-year-old, who missed Liverpool’s friendly with Blackburn Rovers earlier this week.
It’s unknown whether Jurgen Klopp is simply resting the forward, or whether he’s suffering with an injury.