Man City beat Everton in the Premier League to leapfrog Liverpool
And it also means that the Reds now face a fight to win this league title.
Liverpool have not been firing on all cylinders of late.
Newcastle beating Manchester City last week gave them the perfect chance to extend their lead. Had the Reds beaten Leicester, they would have gone seven points clear.
But football is a funny old game.
And, just a week after Jurgen Klopp’s side dropped points, City are now back on top.
The win over Everton was not vintage City. Certainly not the swashbuckling side that you expect from Pep Guardiola’s side.
But make no mistake about it. This was the mark of champions.
At this stage of the season, you don’t have to win pretty. Goals galore are not the order of the day.
Man City beat Everton in the Premier League courtesy of Aymeric Laporte’s goal
Instead, merely picking up the points is the priority. And City, in the last seven days, have responded emphatically.
Before the Leicester game, Liverpool fans felt the ball was in their court.
But after a dire 1-1 draw at Anfield, and another stalemate against West Ham at the London Stadium on Monday, City are in the ascendancy.
The way they breezed past Arsenal on Sunday was significant.
City were not at their blockbuster best then, either, but picked up a key three points.
History suggests it is matches like these that will decide the Premier League table come May.
And City beating Everton on a gloomy night at Goodison Park may yet be the biggest result yet.
Guardiola’s side have tough tests to come.
But so too do Liverpool, who face daunting games against United and Tottenham before the season’s end.
United will do everything in their power to stop the Reds winning the title.
And you can forgive them for wanting to throw the game against City to ensure their fiercest rivals, the ones around long before the Abu Dhabi money, do not take the prize they covet most.