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Manchester City on brink of title as epic race reaches climax

LONDON – Manchester City will retain their crown if they claim victory at Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.

If there was ever a case to share the trophy it is this season, such has been the excellence of both clubs.

Juergen Klopp’s Liverpool finished 25 points behind City last year, but rose to the challenge and have bridged that gap playing football that at times has surpassed even the dazzling standards of Guardiola’s side.

Liverpool have lost just once to City’s four defeats and were briefly seven points in front in January, but in the run-in they have found that as well as the style that is Guardiola’s blueprint, his team also have core of steel.

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson admitted his side need a “miracle” to win the title now, but in a week in which they performed one to beat Barcelona 4-0, overhauling a three-goal deficit to reach the Champions League final, luck might just be on their side.

It is only the eighth time in the Premier League era that the title has been decided on the final day.

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