Liverpool hand City and Chelsea the title initiative

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Updated: April 28, 2014

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Liverpool’s title aspirations took a major blow when they slipped to a 2-0 loss to Chelsea at Anfield while on Monday night Arsenal strengthened their grip on fourth with a rout of Newcastle.

Liverpool entered the match in control of their title destiny, needing seven points from their final three matches to win their first league title in 24 years however goals from Demba Ba and Willian seized the initiative away from Liverpool.

Manchester City took advantage of Liverpool’s misfortune after earning a comfortable 2-0 victory over an in-form Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park, Dzeko and Toure providing the goals for Pellegrini’s team.

The win for City means the title is now in their own hands as they pulled to within 3 points of Liverpool with a game in hand.

On Monday, Arsenal consolidated fourth position with a 3-0 win over a hapless Newcastle.

Laurent Koscielny, Mesut Ozil and Olivier Giroud provided the goals for the Gunners keeping them on track for a 17th consecutive year in the Champions League.

Arsenal are now four points clear of nearest rivals Everton.