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Back on top but they can’t bank on any title favours from woeful United
Liverpool again hold the advantage in a titanic Premier League title race after a 2-0 victory at Cardiff gave Jurgen Klopp's side a two-point lead over rivals Manchester City, who have a game in hand.
But neither Klopp, his players and Liverpool's legion of fans will hold out much hope of a City slip in Wednesday's Manchester derby at Old Trafford after United's 4-0 capitulation to Everton on the other half of Merseyside yesterday.
A rare Georginio Wijnaldum strike in the 57th minute eased Liverpool nerves before substitute James Milner slotted home a penalty nine minutes from time as Klopp's men despatched the relegation-threatened Bluebirds.
Afterwards Klopp urged his players to remain focused on their own destiny and to disregard the outcome of the Manchester derby, with City favourites against a United side in freefall.
"We will see what comes out of that game on Wednesday but we still have games after that," Klopp said.
"If United get a point and we go to Newcastle next weekend thinking we have it, then we could get knocked there.
"We just have to stay focused on our things. That is what has worked so well so far and there is no reason we should change that."