Before returning to the top of the Premier League, Liverpool got to savor a Manchester United humiliation.

Now, unusually, Liverpool needs a swift recovery by its great rival after United’s despair in being routed 4-0 by Everton on Sunday.

Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-year English title drought could hinge on a big favor from sixth-place United when it hosts Manchester City on Wednesday.

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds after the final whistle in the English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 21, 2019. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauds after the final whistle in the English Premier League soccer match against Everton at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, Sunday April 21, 2019. (Martin Rickett/PA via AP)

After beating Cardiff 2-0 on Sunday, Liverpool is two points ahead of City with three games remaining. But Pep Guardiola’s champions have a game in hand over Liverpool so defending the title is still in their control — unless they fail to beat United.

For Arsenal, the challenge in its remaining four matches is sealing a top-four finish to qualify for the Champions League. That mission was hampered by a 3-2 home loss to Crystal Palace that left Unai Emery’s side only in fourth place, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and a point behind Tottenham.

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Liverpool's Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring against Cardiff City during the English Premier League soccer match at The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Sunday April 21, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum celebrates scoring against Cardiff City during the English Premier League soccer match at The Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff, Wales, Sunday April 21, 2019. (David Davies/PA via AP)
Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on as Crystal Palace players celebrate after Wilfried Zaha scoried his side's second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang looks on as Crystal Palace players celebrate after Wilfried Zaha scoried his side’s second goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Crystal Palace's players celebrate after James McArthur scored his side's third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)
Crystal Palace’s players celebrate after James McArthur scored his side’s third goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Arsenal and Crystal Palace at the Emirates Stadium in London, Sunday, April 21, 2019. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

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