Joe Cole awards Premier League title to Liverpool after Man City draw at Newcastle

Jonjo Shelvey’s late equaliser denied Man City a much needed win over Newcastle (Picture: EMPICS)

Joe Cole believes Manchester City’s defence of the Premier League title is over following their 2-2 draw against Newcastle.

Raheem Sterling fired the champions into an early lead at St James’ Park but Jetro Willems ensured the sides went in level at the break with a near instant response.

Kevin De Bruyne appeared to have stolen the points for Pep Guardiola’s side with a thunderous volley from outside the penalty area in the 87th minute, but former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey scored with an equally impressive effort moments later to ensure a share of the spoils.

Liverpool will move 11 points clear of City if they beat Brighton at home later this afternoon and that will represent an insurmountable gap, according to Cole.

He said:  ‘What a game. It got illuminated by two bits of quality the first one from Kevin De Bruyne is absolutely unbelievable. You never get tired of seeing that.

‘Then Jonjo with an absolute peach from a free kick that’s been cut back.

‘I think Steve Brice deserves a lot of credit for the way he sets his teams up against the big teams. They get into a nice shape and buys into the attributes of his team

‘For Man City I think it’s a different story, I think they’ve handed Liverpool the title here today.

‘You have to come here and win. I think it’s too big [a gap]. Liverpool win today and it’s 11 points and that will be too much for them to get back.’

Fellow pundit Jermaine Jenas, meanwhile, agreed that Newcastle were well worthy of a point, despite their defensive tactics.

He added: ‘It worked very well it was very well organised. Even if you break down the two goals they conceded they came out of nothing.

‘The first one was a lot of ricochets in the box that fell to Sterling, although it was a great back heel from David Silva.

‘The second is just brilliance from Kevin De Bruyne you can’t defend that.

‘But overall the team was organised and put in an absolute shift and warranted a point.’

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