There was an air of celebration on social media in Manchester on Thursday night when Burnley held on for a memorable win over Liverpool.

Burnley became the first team to beat Liverpool at Anfield in 69 Premier League games, extending the champions' run to four games without a goal.

The midweek wins for Manchester City and Manchester United saw them both extend their lead over Jurgen Klopp's men, with United six clear of Liverpool, and City able to move seven clear if they win their game in hand.

It's a completely different Premier League table to the one before Christmas, where draws with Liverpool and West Brom had City in ninth, eight points behind leaders Liverpool - who moved three points clear at the top themselves.

City deserve immense credit for the 12 point swing over Liverpool in just six games, although Klopp's men have hit something of a rut, without a win in their last five.

There will be plenty of soul searching at Anfield after that run was extended this week, and they face two tough trips next to United in the cup and Tottenham in the league. Any notion that Liverpool are out of the title race, though, should not enter the minds of anyone at City.

Firstly, because if Liverpool of all sides can go five without a win, then so can any side. The momentum at the top has swung countless times already this season, and it will swing again. If Liverpool were to address their slump, beat City in February, and go on a lengthy unbeaten run, there would be no surprises from anyone who has followed the Premier League in the last three seasons.

When Liverpool welcome back their injured players like Virgil Van Dijk, Diogo Jota and Joe Gomez, they will be strengthened and be a harder side to beat. It's only a matter of time before Sadio Mane and Mo Salah start firing again, and Thiago Alcantara's form looks to be central to their ability to turn their fortunes around.

In 2018/19, Liverpool were seven points clear at the New Year stage after 20 games. If City were to win their game in hand this season, they would move seven clear, yet their comeback that season to pip Liverpool to the title in the final week shows how that gap is not enough to rule them out of any race.

Look at last season, too, where City started slowly but were never given a chance to catch the unstoppable Liverpool machine, who won and won and won until any dropped points were insignificant. They know how to get a winning run together, and shouldn't be ruled out of doing so in the second half of this season.

Given the choice of being four ahead with a game in hand, or down in fourth, City would obviously choose the former option. As Pep Guardiola says, though, league position is not important at this stage of the season, performances are. When Liverpool rediscover their form, they will be looking to make sure anyone celebrating from last night are made to regret it.

You can be certain there were no celebrations at the Etihad. They know better than that.