Roy Hodgson is predicting a Manchester City-esque upset for Liverpool further down the line in their Premier League title challenge.
The Crystal Palace boss did his former employers a surprise favour on Saturday as his side beat the champions 3-2 at the Etihad.
Having recorded a 2-0 win over Wolves on Friday night, Liverpool will now boast a four point lead at the top of the table on Christmas Day.
Hodgson has, however, quashed any suggestions of Palace’s unlikely win having a significant impact on the outcome of the season.
“I don’t think Pep Guardiola will be too concerned about a four-point gap with 20 games left to play,” he told the Guardian.
“One of those is going to be against Liverpool, but even without that game the chances are that Liverpool will go somewhere and something like this will happen. Someone will beat them against the odds, there is a long way to go yet and there will be an upset somewhere along the line.”
Jurgen Klopp will be under no illusions over his side’s security at the top, despite the Reds’ unbeaten record of 18 wins and three draws.
Liverpool must overcome a battling Newcastle and a dangerous Arsenal side over the next week, before beginning 2019 away to City on January 3.
Whilst there may be a shock defeat waiting along the way, the largely untouchable City of 2017/2018 have proven they, too, can be susceptible to adversity.