After the dust had settled following Liverpool's postponed trip to Old Trafford and Manchester United's heated fan protests, one thing becomes clear.

Dare we say it, not playing this weekend has actually done Jurgen Klopp's men a favour.

Had the Reds beaten Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side to keep their faint hopes of finishing in the top four alive, Man City would have been crowned champions and been left free to concentrate on their Champions League exploits as a result.

Having booked their place in the final after beating Paris Saint-Germain on Tuesday night, it won't be long before Pep Guardiola's men officially steal Liverpool's title crown and can focus on Europe for the remaining weeks of the season.

But by the Reds not playing this weekend, City have the opportunity to win the title themselves when they return to league action on Saturday.

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Their next opponents? Fourth-placed Chelsea at home in Saturday's 5.30pm kick-off prior to Liverpool's night clash with Southampton.

This season City have been undisputed champions and conquered virtually all that lay before them.

But if ever a team had a chance to topple City it would be in a dead-rubber off the back of a Champions League semi-final second leg with the title already won.

Of course, Chelsea have their own Champions League semi-final second leg against Real Madrid to prepare for before they travel to the Etihad, and have already booked their place in the FA Cup final.

But the Londoners face a torrid couple of weeks with home meetings against Arsenal and Leicester City sandwiching a cup final clash with the Foxes prior to a final day trip to Aston Villa.

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Boasting a seven-point advantage over Liverpool, who now hold a game in hand, for that final Champions League place, Thomas Tuchel's side are in the driving seat to qualify for Europe's elite competition next year.

But with further distractions to come, that status is by no means certain.

And with Liverpool's postponed game against Manchester United ensuring Chelsea's trip to the Etihad is not a dead-rubber for Man City, the pressure remains firmly on the Blues as Klopp's men look to pounce on any potential slip-up in the race for fourth.