Manchester United and Liverpool were dealt major blows in their bid to offer up any credible threat to Manchester City’s title charge.
The Red Devils face going 10 points behind their neighbours if City beat Everton in midweek Premier League action.
The gulf in points is due to City battering Spurs 3-0 and United slipping up once again; this time coming from behind to draw 1-1 at relegation threatened West Bromwich Albion.
“The attitude is right,” said Ole Gunnar Solsjkaer in defence of his team.
“I have seen the focus, the work the coaches have done and the focus and their attitude is right. I cannot fault it at all. It’s about the quality in games. It doesn’t matter in the Premier League, if you play the fifth team, the 18th team or the 10th team. You’ve got to produce quality in the big moments.
“We just lacked that little bit of ruthlessness and clinical finishing. Definitely.”
Leicester City moved level on points with United after dispatching Liverpool 3-1.
Liverpool are now six points behind United and Leicester in fourth and face a big week as they prepare for RB Leipzig in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie on Tuesday night.
“It’s been a tough period for many reasons,” said Salah, who opened the scoring, in a post on his social media channels.
“We are champions and we will fight like champions, until the very end. We will not allow this season to be defined by the recent results we’ve had.
“That is my promise to all of you.”