Manchester City have taken a big step towards retaining the Premier League title with a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford to send them back to the top.
City have 89 points, one more than Liverpool, with both teams having three games to play - none of them against top six opponents.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's United remain in sixth place with 64 points, outside the Champions League qualification slots.
Second-half goals from Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane ensured a comfortable away win for dominant City, who have now won 11 straight league games.
The form book suggests they should win the title, much to the frustration of Liverpool who have lost just once this season.
However, City captain Vincent Kompany was not getting carried away.
"Nothing is played out yet," the Belgian defender said.
"Burnley is a difficult away game next and there is plenty to play for, both for us and Liverpool.
"We need three wins. We cannot expect the opponent to drop points."
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United, smarting from their 4-0 hammering at Everton on Monday (NZ time), at least played with aggression and energy in the scoreless first half but created little beyond an optimistic long-range effort from Marcus Rashford.
"It was quite clear tonight who the better team was," Rashford told Sky Sports.
"We have to get to the bottom of it and start performing like Man United.
"Forget the top four, forget the Champions League, we have to play like Man United for ourselves."
City were slow to find top gear although Silva tested David De Gea with a thundering drive and Raheem Sterling shot straight at the Spanish keeper after dribbling his way to space inside the box.
Guardiola was forced to replace injured Brazilian holding midfielder Fernandinho on 51 minutes, with Sane introduced.
But it was Portuguese winger Silva that broke through when he picked the ball up on the right flank, cut inside to his left foot and surprised De Gea with a low drive that snuck in the bottom corner in the 54th minute.
United's night was summed up when Jesse Lingard mis-kicked completely when he had a chance to equalise from a Rashford cross.
City sealed the result on 66 minutes when Sterling broke forward before he fed Sane on the left with the German's powerful drive flying in off the outstretched leg of De Gea.