Liverpool dropped two more valuable points at Anfield by Mark Hughes' Manchester City.
Without injured captain Steve Gerrard and suspended linchpin, Xabi Alonso, this was always going to be a difficult match to win.
So it proved with Dirk Kuyt coming to the rescue after Liverpool fell behind to an Arbeloa own goal.
So the gap to Utd is now seven points.
It is now vital that we beat them at Old Trafford on March 15th to have any chance of winning the League.