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Sky Sports commentator Martin Tyler claimed that Liverpool fans ‘would have needed an F1 race director’ on the ultimate day of the Premier League season had they drawn to Southampton at St. Mary’s – alluding to FIA chief Michael Masi’s controversial decision within the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix last 12 months.

The Reds ran out eventual 2-1 winners against Ralph Hasenhuttl’s men despite going 1-0 down early on. A loss would have given Manchester City the title prior to the last game of the season, whilst a draw would have put them three points behind the Mancunians but with a seven-worse goal difference.

They feared for the worst when Nathan Redmond’s deflected strike put the house side 1-0 up, although goals from former Saints loanee Takumi Minamino and central defender Joel Matip turned the sport on its head. But with the sport at 1-1, commentator Tyler understood the damage a draw would do to Liverpool’s title hopes. And in a jibe at former FIA director Masi, the Sky legend claimed they would wish a ‘race director’, poking fun at the choice to permit Max Verstappen to win the 2021 World Drivers’ Championship.

“If Liverpool draw, next week you’d should be a F1 race director to get them a title,” Tyler quipped on air. Verstappen would go onto win his first title in extremely dubious circumstances in Abu Dhabi in December after being level on points with Lewis Hamilton before the race.

With Hamilton 10 seconds ahead, it seemed he was going to win a record-eighth Drivers’ Championship within the United Arab Emirates. But a deployed safety automotive allowed Verstappen to pit, close the gap on the Mercedes star and provides himself a tiny lifeline to lift the trophy.

Nonetheless, he was allowed to unlap the cars in the course of himself and Hamilton, and with fresh tyres the championship was a formality. Liverpool’s win puts them only one point behind City with one game to go, although they are going to concede one more title to Pep Guardiola’s men if the league leaders beat Aston Villa on Sunday.

There have been surprised fans worldwide when Jurgen Klopp named a weakened team ahead of just two remaining games this season – but Sky pundit Jamie Carragher detailed why he had done so with the Champions League on the horizon. “I wouldn’t say that his head just isn’t on the Premier League, but Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp each Know they’ve more likelihood of winning the Champions League final than they do the Premier League,” Carragher said.

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