Manchester City and Arsenal have handed Liverpool the advantage in the Premier League title race; following a bitterly disappointing goalless stalemate at Etihad Stadium.

Liverpool is now top of the table, two points clear of Arsenal and three ahead of City, after they came from behind to beat Brighton at Anfield earlier on Saturday.

The City versus Arsenal game failed to live up to its billing as a potential classic, as Arsenal’s containing tactics snuffed out City while the Gunners had only limited chances of their own in a desperately poor affair.

Nathan Ake had an early close-range header saved by Arsenal keeper David Raya before going off injured while former City striker Gabriel Jesus posed an occasional threat, just failing to connect with Bukayo Saka‘s cross inches from goal after the break.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta will be happier than his City counterpart Pep Guardiola with the outcome – but the real winners this weekend were Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool.