Liverpool slip-up has as good as handed title to Manchester City, say bookies

Reds out to 7/1 to win the Premier League following 1-0 defeat at Leicester, with Chelsea 10s.

It may have only been Liverpool's second defeat of the season but it was a monumental one as far as the outcome of the title race is concerned.

Mohamed Salah saw a penalty saved by Leicester keeper Kasper Schmeichel, while Sadio Mane wasted a gilt-edged chance as Jurgen Klopp's side were blanked for the first time in 35 games.

The visitors were made to pay for their profligacy when the Foxes' Ademola Lookman scored the only goal of the game minutes after coming on as a second-half substitute.

Jurgen Klopp Liverpool Leicester Dec21

The 1-0 defeat left the Reds six points behind Premier League leaders Manchester City, a gap that is a chasm according to the bookmakers, who have eased Liverpool out to 7/1 to regain the title.

Man City can extend that advantage to nine points with victory at Brentford on Wednesday evening and are priced at just 1/7 with Planet Sport Bet to clinch all three points in west London. Pep Guardiola's side are now 1/6 to retain their title having touched odds against earlier in the campaign.

Jorginho Chelsea celebration at Villa Dec21

Chelsea's impressive victory over Aston Villa on Boxing Day has seen their odds shorten slightly, with Thomas Tuchel's side now 10/1 to win the league.

Despite his penalty miss, Salah remains a firm 1/3 favourite to finish the season as the Premier League's leading goalscorer.

Salah is five clear of his nearest challenger, Liverpool team-mate Diogo Jota, who is 10/1.

But while the outcome of the title and Golden Boot are seen as foregone conclusions, the battle for the fourth and final Champions League spot is really hotting up.

West Ham's win over Watford on Tuesday lifted them back above Tottenham who could only draw with the ten-man Southampton. It saw the Hammers' odds for a top-four finish cut to 15/2, with Spurs 11/4.

Arsenal remain fourth, four points clear of West Ham, but it is Manchester United who are still favourites with Planet Sport Bet to end the season as the best of the rest. Ralf Rangnick's side are 11/10 to end the season in fourth, with the Gunners 2/1.

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