I'VE said it before and for fear of repeating myself I'll say it again, the chances of Manchester City retaining their Premier League title are few and far between.
And at this stage it's not even so much about what Man City can do, but more so that Liverpool have hit the level of form that City attained last season and look unbeatable.
Jurgen Klopp's men are actually unbeaten in a year and look nailed on to grab the mantle of champions from Pep Guardiola's men.
The reality is that the Pool have improved since last season, while City have certainly disimproved and injuries have surely played a massive part in City's loss of consistency.
City's centre-half partnership of last season, Aymeric Laporte and former club captain, Vincent Kompany, are no longer back-boning the City defence, while up front, Sergio Aguero has spent his fair share of the season on the injured list.
While Kompany has left the club to go to pastures new in the shape of Anderlecht, Laporte suffered a serious knee injury at the start of the league campaign and has yet to make his return to the defence.
So Pep's trust in his defenders was well and truly tested in the first half of the season and it became abundantly clear that neither John Stones nor Nicholas Otamendi filled him with any degree of confidence.
And while Fernandinho was the protector in chief at the heart of the City midfield last season, City are certainly now lacking his influence in the middle as the Brazilian has been forced to fill the gap at the back. Rodri did arrive to fill the void but has yet to hit the heights in terms of form.
Liverpool's 4-0 away victory over highflying Leicester City was brutal to watch as a City fan, mainly due to their total dominance of the clash and while Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have dominated on the goalscoring charts thus far, it was Roberto Firmino who starred on this occasion.
City's clash against Wolves all came down to Ederson Moraes' sending off. Claudio Bravo was then introduced, while Sergio Aguero was withdrawn.
Sterling did give City the lead from a penalty in the 25th minute before the same player was played through by Kevin De Bruyne early in the second half to add to City's tally.
The speedy Adama Traore then got a goal back for Wolves in the 55th minute to set up a fascinating finish.
Nuno Espirito Santo's men battled all the way to the finish and deservedly equalized through Raul Jimenez with nine minutes remaining after Benjamin Mendy gave away cheap possession to Traore - and that's being kind.
And worse was to follow in the 89th minute when Matt Doherty garnered all three points for Wolves after receiving a deft pass from Jimenez.
Bottom line is that the gap between Liverpool and City is just too great and even if City could win every single game between now and the end of the season, it would still mean that Klopp's men would have to lose a few and given both scenarios, neither outcome appears likely.
City to finish second best,which is no disgrace.