Liverpool have been chasing down Manchester City records in the final weeks of the season but with three games to go the Blues are suddenly within sight of one of their own.
On the day that Jurgen Klopp’s side were pegged back in their chase of 100 points, the dethroned championed smashed in another five goals to move onto 91 for the season.
Defeats to Chelsea and Southampton since the restart have shown up the inconsistency that has plagued Pep Guardiola over the past year, but they have now scored a handful in successive matches as they look to get in the best shape possible for the FA Cup and Champions League.
City’s three remaining league games are against three of the bottom four teams. Up first at the Etihad on Wednesday are Bournemouth, winless since February 1 and with the third-worst defensive record in the division.
A week later the Blues travel to Watford, who could have confirmed their Premier League survival by that point but are almost certain to finish in the bottom six. The campaign concludes with a home game against Norwich, whose relegation was sealed on Saturday with a dismal 4-0 home defeat to West Ham.
City need nine goals from those three games to become the third team to score 100 goals in a single campaign, after Chelsea in 2010/11 (103 goals) and themselves in 2017/18 (106 goals).
That means a whopping 16 goals would be needed to break their own record, but on the evidence of the past few matches more goalfests cannot be ruled out.
Raheem Sterling bagged his third hat-trick of the season against Brighton and has come into contention for the Golden Boot. He is two behind Danny Ings and Mo Salah, three behind Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and five behind Leicester’s Jamie Vardy.
City are on course to beat their goal tally in the league from last season (95) and have scored 15 more than any other team in the division this time.