Jurgen Klopp has surprised everyone with his selection, with a rare start for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain as Liverpool host Chelsea at Anfield.
Klopp, whose team are fifth and 11 points behind City, said there was no reason for his side to even be thinking about Pep Guardiola's men.
The Liverpool boss let rip at the officials for refusing to let him bring on substitute Adam Lallana.
Watching the Egyptian continually threaten the Chelsea defence, it was tempting to wonder just how good this Liverpool team could be if Klopp could correct obvious problems at the other end of the field.
Klopp's courageous tactical decision looked to have nearly paid off up until the closing minutes of the match when Willian's cross-come-shot looped over the head of Simon Mignolet.
The Senegal worldwide was surprisingly benched for the match at Anfield and was only brought on with one minute remaining.
Liverpool were leading through Mo Salah's goal against his former club, his 15th this season.
"He was not happy and he said to me Mo wanted to come into the position, but Mo had already 90 minutes in his legs so it would have made more sense that Sadio is closer to the right wing and can start the game from this position". What I really thought was that we should have won the game.
"There will be a moment tonight when I think the result is OK - but not now".
BT Sport pundit Rio Ferdinand knew exactly why Mane had lost the plot.
Klopp had to placate Mane afterwards and tried to give the Senegal star a hug.