Liverpool & Man City: The psychology of a Premier League title race


Five years since Gerrard’s slip: What else happened when Liverpool’s title hopes slipped

On 27 April 2014 Liverpool lost at home to Chelsea and Manchester City won at Crystal Palace on a day which turned the Premier League title race in dramatic fashion.

Liverpool, with Steven Gerrard’s slip proving so crucial, were beaten 2-0 at Anfield, while City came out on top at Selhurst Park by the same scoreline before going on to win the league and deny the Reds a first title since 1990.

Had Liverpool won and City lost that day, the Reds would have been nine points clear of their rivals, who had only three games to play.

Five years on, the same two protagonists are again challenging to become champions and face the same opponents at the same venues this Sunday – only with quadruple-chasing City playing first this time around – on what could be another title-defining day.

In 2014, Liverpool’s set-up included renowned sports psychiatrist Dr Steve Peters,