Luis Diaz saved Liverpool from an unusual defeat at Anfield, but a 1-1 draw with Tottenham on Saturday represents a huge blow to the Reds’ ambitions.
Son Heung-min left the famous old stadium shaken early in the second half when he came close to giving Antonio Conte’s visitors a shocking lead.
That was his 20th league goal this season, and Liverpool knew nothing but the win that would put City ahead of the Premier League trophy.
Liverpool have an unprecedented quadruple in their eyes, and Diaz’s misguided strike in the 74th minute almost kept the dream alive, but hopes may fade. They climbed to the top, level on points with City with a game in hand, and Newcastle United on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane were blocked prematurely before Virgil van Dijk shook his head after reaching the end of Andy Robertson’s left corner.
Ryan Sessegnon’s defensive header almost gave Salah taps, but Hugo Lloris was aware of the danger.
Van Dijk blasted Tottenham’s crossbar from the corner of Trent Alexander-Arnold before Luis Diaz fired Lloris on a low-key strike. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg provided a reminder of the visitors’ threat when his swing game hit the outside of the left post.
Liverpool were full of purpose, moving and investigating early in the second half to find a great opportunity that could bring success.
However, they were surprised by Son in the 56th minute, when he pushed Alisson in after Kane passed to Ryan Sessegnon on the left followed by a sharp center in the unknown South Korean.
Jurgen Klopp threw Diogo Jota, looking for a spark, and Salah quickly had a good chance as he crossed in with his left foot, only Ben Davies to produce a brilliant block.
Diaz scored the equalizer when his 22-yard strike diverted Lloris, found the bottom left corner, and tried as they did, Liverpool could not find a second.