It may not be a thrilling 4-0 demolition of the old enemy, but a goalless draw against an in-form Man Utd on Sunday was not to be sniffed at.
Ignore the hordes of glory hunters on social media, baying for blood because of Jurgen Klopp’s team selection, Jordan Henderson’s midfield efforts or James Milner’s presence in the team.
A clean sheet is an impressive feat at Old Trafford at a time when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has got United firing on all cylinders since replacing Jose Mourinho after their embarrassing 3-1 defeat at Anfield. Since then they’re unbeaten in their last nine Premier League games, won eight of them and scored 23 goals.
While United may have had the worst of the injuries that blighted the flow of the match, losing Roberto Firmino was a blow, especially as he would have been the player to take advantage of that weakened side. But it was not to be.
Leagues are not won or lost based upon an away result against another top club. Not slipping up against mid-table teams and those fighting relegation is the key to the consistency needed to remain top. That is why Liverpool are still there, having only been beaten once to Man City so far this term.
City, in contrast, have lost four – to Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Leicester and Newcastle – and showed must more inconsistency than Liverpool. They still have to Old Trafford in April and it will be interesting to see how they fare. That could well be the result that gifts the title to the Reds!