10 important questions like the title race in the Premier League between Liverpool and Man City reaches the boiling point

The Premier League title match reaches the boiling point with the Liverpool-Manchester City battle to go to the wire.

They have been busy with a sip and a fold for most of the season, with leadership joining hands several times.

On Sunday, Liverpool held the courage to beat Chelsea 2-0 and took first place after City won 3-1 a few hours earlier at Crystal Palace.

City still has a game in its hands, but that's a tricky proposition, a visit to Old Trafford to beat rivals Manchester United.

We take a look at 10 important questions as the season reaches its exciting climax.

Jurgen Klopp, manager of Liverpool, celebrates their crucial victory over Chelsea on Sunday

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola pictured during Sunday's victory at Crystal Palace

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola pictured during Sunday's victory at Crystal Palace

The exciting Premier League title race takes the lead with Jurgen Klopp & # 39; s (left) Liverpool neck and neck with Pep Guardiola & # 39; s (right) Manchester City

Liverpool leads two points, but Man City keeps a match in the hands of their title rivals

Liverpool leads two points, but Man City keeps a match in the hands of their title rivals

Liverpool leads two points, but Man City keeps a match in the hands of their title rivals

WHO HAS THE EASY SERIES OF LUMINAIRES?

Liverpool has undoubtedly overcome the biggest challenge by beating Chelsea on Sunday.

They were the last top six opponents they had to beat this season and their remaining matches proved to be the winners par excellence.

Jurgen Klopp & # 39; s team trip to Cardiff City on Sunday for a home game against Huddersfield Town the following Friday night.

They then travel to Newcastle United on Sunday, May 5 before closing their Premier League campaign at home for Wolves on May 12.

Liverpool celebrates the beautiful goal of Mohamed Salah against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool celebrates the beautiful goal of Mohamed Salah against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon

Liverpool celebrates the beautiful goal of Mohamed Salah against Chelsea on Sunday afternoon

Manchester City celebrates the second of the goal of Raheem Sterling against Crystal Palace

Manchester City celebrates the second of the goal of Raheem Sterling against Crystal Palace

Manchester City celebrates the second of the goal of Raheem Sterling against Crystal Palace

Liverpool run-in

April 21 Cardiff City (A)

April 26 Huddersfield Town (H)

May 5, Newcastle United (A)

12 May Wolves (H)

Man City run-in

April 20 Tottenham (H)

April 24 Manchester United (A)

April 28 Burnley (A)

May 4 Leicester City (H)

12 May Brighton (A)

In contrast, the remaining games from City are still more difficult – on paper – but of course they have five out of four from Liverpool.

They organize Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon for that important visit to Old Trafford on April 24.

From there it's a trip to Burnley on Sunday, April 28, a home game against Leicester City on May 4, and a trip to Brighton on the last afternoon.

So although Liverpool has a two-point lead, the Pep Guardiola team still has their destiny in their own hands.

WILL THE LAYERS OF THE CHAMPION DISPLAY A DISTANCE?

It's hard to see how that won't happen. After their victory on Sunday, both teams must immediately focus on the impending Champions League quarter-final, second-leg in this midweek.

Both play on Wednesday-evening, with Liverpool leading a two-legged first leg to Porto and City and trying to reach a home game with one goal at home against Tottenham.

If they progress, Liverpool will face Barcelona or Manchester United, while City will play the winner of Juventus against Ajax.

The city suffered a rare slip-up in the Champions League last week when it lost to Tottenham

The city suffered a rare slip-up in the Champions League last week when it lost to Tottenham

The city suffered a rare slip-up in the Champions League last week when it lost to Tottenham

Roberto Firmino and his Liverpool teammates are celebrating their 2-0 victory over Porto last week

Roberto Firmino and his Liverpool teammates are celebrating their 2-0 victory over Porto last week

Roberto Firmino and his Liverpool teammates are celebrating their 2-0 victory over Porto last week

The first legs of the semi-final are scheduled for April 30 or May 1 – so for Liverpool this would take place between their matches with Huddersfield and Newcastle. For City, it's between the trip to Burnley and the home game from Leicester.

The return legs would be a week later.

Given the caliber of their potential semi-final opposition, such titanic duels sandwiched between must-win league games will certainly take its toll.

And imagine that City and Liverpool both passed the Madrid final on 1 June. What an extraordinary finale of the season that would be.

WILL CITY BUCKLE UNDER WEIGHT OF THE QUADRUPLE?

Another factor that adds spice to the situation is the fact that City is currently performing a soccer string string exercise while they are hunting a historic Quadruple of trophies this season.

No English club has ever reached the clean reach of Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and Champions League in a single season, but Guardiola & # 39; s side is now temptingly close.

The EFL Cup is already in the bag (and the Community Shield) and there are still three cups to win to outdo the triple triumph of Man United in 1999.

Despite the enviable depth in the squadron of City, however, they will be stretched to the limit by the intense schedule between now and June 1.

City is aiming to win the Quadruple of Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and Champions League this season and to obscure Man United's famous Treble in 1999

City is aiming to win the Quadruple of Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and Champions League this season and to obscure Man United's famous Treble in 1999

City is aiming to win the Quadruple of Premier League, FA Cup, EFL Cup and Champions League this season and to obscure Man United's famous Treble in 1999

City already has a trophy in the bag after beating Chelsea in the February EFL Cup final

City already has a trophy in the bag after beating Chelsea in the February EFL Cup final

City already has a trophy in the bag after beating Chelsea in the February EFL Cup final

Maximum number of games that City can play

38 x Premier League

6 x FA Cup

6 x EFL Cup

13 x Champions League

1 x community shield

TOTAL: 64

Like the Premier League and Champions League matches, they have the FA Cup final against Watford in Wembley on May 18 to think about.

If they reach all the finals, City has played 64 competitive matches during the campaign.

And with a squadron full of internationals, some have more than 70 games for club and country in their legs in the summer.

The physical and psychological pressure has not proved too often, although City did not see himself last week as Spurs and Guardiola repeatedly told his players that they could rest when they retire.

But there is every chance that the cracks will begin to show at some point and Liverpool is ready to take advantage.

How motivated will people be to win against the city?

It is really a terrible thing for Man United when they entertain City on April 24.

If they win, they get bragging, but they can easily hand over the title to their bitterest rivals Liverpool, for the first time in nearly 30 years.

If they lose, this probably means City retains the title – becoming the first team since United won in 2009.

Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring in City & # 39; s 3-1 win over United at Etihad in November

Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring in City & # 39; s 3-1 win over United at Etihad in November

Sergio Aguero celebrates scoring in City & # 39; s 3-1 win over United at Etihad in November

And it would also push them a bit closer to a possible Quadruple, which would obscure United's amazing Treble performance 20 years ago.

Maybe Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the United fans could wish for an honorable draw with Liverpool points elsewhere to give City the title.

WHO GETS PLAYER OF THE YEAR BETWEEN VAN DIJK AND STERLING?

It is the time of year when Premier League players place a cross in a box and determine which of their peer deserves the PFA Player of the Year.

The two front runners of this season are Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk and Stadswinger Raheem Sterling and it is probably a close thing.

The evidence of recent years is that more attacking players are winning the prize, probably because their statistics and moments of magic are more eye-catching and memorable.

Indeed, you have to go back to the 2004-05 campaign to find the last defender to win the PFA prize – Chelsea & John Terry.

Virgil van Dijk has been in dominant form throughout the season in the Liverpool line

Virgil van Dijk has been in dominant form throughout the season in the Liverpool line

Virgil van Dijk has been in dominant form throughout the season in the Liverpool line

Raheem Sterling is another strong candidate to win the various player prizes this season

Raheem Sterling is another strong candidate to win the various player prizes this season

Raheem Sterling is another strong candidate to win the various player prizes this season

So even though Van Dijk has had a pretty leaky, fixated Liverpool ever leaky defense since he arrived from Southampton for £ 75 million in January 2018, he may not get the recognition he deserves.

The Dutchman has shown remarkable consistency throughout the season, barely putting a wrong foot and showing incredible leadership to bring Liverpool to the brink of history.

Sterling, with its 21 goals and 16 assists for City in all competitions, has the kind of remarkable statistics that can influence the opinion in such votes.

But he has also become a real world-class game for both City and England and is clearly a deserved winner.

HAS MOHAMED SALAH RENDERED ON THE SPOT AT THE PERFECT MOMENT?

It seems absurd to speak in such terms about a player who scored 22 times this season, but Salah's target drought in February and March caused Liverpool fans to worry.

However, the Egyptian returned to scoring form in the win in Southampton and judging by his absolute lightning bolt against Chelsea, he could be back at his best.

Mohamed Salah scored a lightning bolt on Sunday to seal Liverpool & # 39; s victory over Chelsea

Mohamed Salah scored a lightning bolt on Sunday to seal Liverpool & # 39; s victory over Chelsea

Mohamed Salah scored a lightning bolt on Sunday to seal Liverpool & # 39; s victory over Chelsea

The top players deliver under the most intense pressure and Salah certainly did that on Sunday. It is a good omen for all the important games that are coming.

Last season, Salah scored in crucial games against Man City (both legs) and Roma to bring Liverpool to the Champions League final.

When he shows up and delivers the big Premier League matches between now and May 12, they get a statue from him outside of Anfield.

DOES KLOPP HAVE THE NOUS TO GET LIVERPOOL OVER THE LINE?

Klopp made his name by beating the dominance of Bayern Munich in the German Bundesliga by winning back-to-back titles in 2011 and 2012 with Borussia Dortmund.

But in the current context, those successes seem very bad long ago. The German has not won a large piece of silverware since 2012, but has come within reach several times.

Jurgen Klopp with the shield of the Bundesliga winners while Borussia Dortmund manager in 2011

Jurgen Klopp with the shield of the Bundesliga winners while Borussia Dortmund manager in 2011

Jurgen Klopp with the shield of the Bundesliga winners while Borussia Dortmund manager in 2011

His Dortmund team lost agonisingly in the Champions League final to Bayern in 2013, while Liverpool came second in both the League Cup and Europa League final in the 2015-16 season – Klopp & # 39; s first with the club.

Of course, they also lost the Champions League final of last season to Real Madrid.

In the back of his mind, Klopp remembers some of the things he said and did to persuade Dortmund in those title races. But whether one of that stored knowledge is relevant today is another question.

Guardiola has meanwhile been a series winner and is an expert in sealing league games – he won three with Barcelona, ​​three with Bayern Munich and last season's Premier League with City.

It is very fresh in his memory and the City dressing room will feel the benefit.

Guardiola lifts the Premier League trophy after City's record-breaking victory last year

Guardiola lifts the Premier League trophy after City's record-breaking victory last year

Guardiola lifts the Premier League trophy after City's record-breaking victory last year

WHAT IS THE INJURY SITUATION?

With so many games ahead, it is really the worst time for our two protagonists to record injuries.

Liverpool suffered a shock on Sunday when Captain Jordan Henderson was forced out with a single. But Klopp said: & # 39; It's a little pain, not a problem, he didn't twist it. & # 39;

So Henderson may have doubts on Wednesday for the Porto game before returning for the Premier League in the weekend.

They are also ready to welcome Adam Lallana back as another run-in option after a muscle injury.

The Jordan Henderson in Liverpool left after taking an injury knock in Sunday's game

Jordan Henderson in Liverpool left after taking an injury knock in Sunday's game

The Jordan Henderson in Liverpool left after taking an injury knock in Sunday's game

The city is without key midfielder Fernandinho after last week's game with Tottenham, but the Brazilian is not expected to be sidelined for too long.

They were able to welcome Oleksandr Zinchenko, back left, who appeared in many competitions this week this season.

Otherwise it is a clean health statement for the run-in. For now.

WHO GETS THE GOLDEN BOAT?

The race to finish as the premier scorer of the Premier League is almost as exciting as the title race.

At the current stage, City & # 39; s Sergio Aguero and Liverpool & # 39; s Salah lead the standings with 19 goals, closely followed by Sadio Mane at 18 and Sterling at 17.

Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang also has 17, just like Harry Kane, but the Spurs man is injured for the rest of the season.

Salah lost Kane last season and could repeat the battle if he has indeed restored his form. But to be honest, it's a mystery.

Sadio Mane increased his goal by being the first against Chelsea on Sunday at Liverpool

Sadio Mane increased his goal by being the first against Chelsea on Sunday at Liverpool

Sadio Mane increased his goal by being the first against Chelsea on Sunday at Liverpool

SO WHAT IS THE PRIORITY?

For Liverpool it is clear: winning the competition for the first time since 1990 is the priority.

It has been such a long and painful watch, with a few near misses, and the fact that their rivals dominated Man United at that time.

The competition is definitely the priority over the Champions League, but that would be a very nice bonus.

For City it is a tricky one. They have discovered so far that the Premier League is considerably more difficult to keep than to win.

Winning it for a second year in a row would mean a major breakthrough, which means that we might face a dynasty of the dominance of the city.

But the Champions League remains their holy grail. It has escaped them so far despite a decade of astronomical investment from their property in Abu Dhabi.

Conquering Europe remains the only border The city has not yet crossed and they will be obsessed with it until they reach it.