Title Race Not Over Yet As Reds Beat Hammers

Hemant Dua@hemant_duaCorrespondent IIMay 10, 2009

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 09:  Matthew Upson of West Ham tackles Steven Gerrard of Liverpool during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool at Upton Park on May 9, 2009 in London, England.  (Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images)

Ever since Manchester United's 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough last weekend, everyone has concluded that the Premier League trophy will be heading to Old Trafford. I realise that that is what is most probably going to happen. However, even now, the title race isn't quite over.

Last evening, Liverpool thumped West Ham 3-0 at Upton Park, riding on Steven Gerrard's brace and Ryan Babel's late strike. And that means they are at the top of the league table on 80 points, ahead of United on goal difference.

United may have two games in hand, but are to face Arsenal in the league, with the Gunners waiting to take revenge. They also still have to play testing opposition like Manchester City and Wigan Athletic.

More importantly, they have to keep in mind the UEFA Champions League final. In contrast, all Liverpool have to focus on are their last two Premier League matches.

Liverpool's remaining fixtures aren't too easy either. They will face West Brom, who are fighting desperately for survival, and Tottenham, who have put up a good show lately.

United fans will feel the league is in the bag, and so will many neutral fans. But, to come to think of it, two slip-ups could change things so much. I am sure both Rafa Benitez and Sir Alex are very well aware of that.

I see the title race going down to the final day. I feel Liverpool deserve to win (no bias, as I am a Chelsea fan). Their "never-say-die" spirit is admirable and that is why, in my opinion, they have been the best team in the league this season.

But, at present, all of us must turn our heads to Old Trafford for the Manchester derby and see what happens there.