On an emotional afternoon in which tribute was paid to the victims of the Hillsborough disaster—the actual 25th anniversary was on Tuesday—the hosts shrugged off City's comeback en route to a 3-2 victory.
After Sunday's fixtures, Liverpool lead the league on 77 points through 34 matches played, while Chelsea sit second, two points back. City, on the other hand, now lie a full seven points behind Liverpool with 70 points but have only played 32 matches due to various postponements.
Essentially, the fate of the league has been taken out of their hands. Even winning every game left on their docket won't net them the title without a slip from Liverpool. That does beg the question, however: Can City actually win out?
Their adjusted schedule now sees them playing six league matches in four weeks, less than ideal for a team dealing with as many injuries as City are. Compounding this is Yaya Toure's discouraging early exit from Sunday's match, which led manager Manuel Pellegrini to tell Sky Sports that it could end the Ivorian's season.
That is certainly a cruel blow for the title-chasing Citizens, but can they shake it off and win anyway? Read on for a preview of City's remaining Premier League fixtures.