Pep Guardiola has ruled Sergio Aguero out of Manchester City's trip to Tottenham Hotspur tonight and cast doubt over whether the Argentine will feature again this season as he struggles to return to full fitness.
All that happened when Manchester United remarkably lost to West Brom eight days on from their party-pooping exploits was the team with more resources than anyone else won the league. Now, when City overwhelm opponents befuddled by relentless and vibrant attacking patterns, they are pulling every string.
They will carry on the experiment next season with more VAR games in cup competitions and the possibility of it being run in the background only of selected Premier League games.
"What a number. Wow!" exclaimed manager Jurgen Klopp on hearing Salah is the first Liverpool player since Ian Rush 31 years ago to score 40 in a season. "That has happened. We have to try to focus on our games".
Silva has also chipped in with his share of important goals - opening the scoring in the first Manchester derby of the season at Old Trafford.
"These guys are fantastic, awesome - they are incredible".
Television cameras captured the moment the Belgian discovered he was a three-time champion but, after an initial burst of excitement, he was focusing on the potential for even more success.
"It's incredible the way we played and I am so glad to be here and be part of this club", he said on the club's website. The primary in my membership Barcelona was a dream come true, coming right here at Wembley and profitable the Champions League in opposition to United was so, so good, particularly the best way we performed that day.
'When I saw the pundits and the people in November, they say it's already done, it's impossible that City - if they don't lose in six months, three or four months - it's impossible for them to drop points.
Guardiola doesn't expect United to slip up though and will play golf with his son, rather than being glued glued to the television screen.
"Yeah tomorrow I have golf game".
"Mo knows what this means and the way we play suits him", added Klopp.
After being beaten by archrival Manchester United a week earlier from two goals up when victory would have clinched the championship, then being knocked out of Europe by Liverpool, some suggested that City were beginning to flag. We have to win it at home. "After 10 or 15 minutes I said, "we will be champions".