Two points from their next match will see Liverpool being crowned English Premier League champions, after they powered to an emphatic 4-0 drubbing of Crystal Palace at Anfield on Wednesday night.
Returning to Liverpool’s starting 11 was Mohamed Salah and Andrew Robertson, with the Egyptian international having missed out the team’s goalless Merseyside derby draw against Everton this past weekend.
The other inclusions for the Reds were Joe Gomez, replacing Joel Matip, who’s sidelined with a toe problem, and Gini Wijnaldum coming in Naby Keita’s place.
Palace made a wholesome of changes from the side that beat Bournemouth, with Wayne Hennessey replacing Vicente Guaita in goal, while there were three other changes as James McCarthy, Andros Townsend and Mamadou Sakho coming in for Scott Dann, Christian Benteke and Luka Milivojevic.
Jurgen Klopp’s troops had the brightest of starts as early as the eighth minute, with Wijnaldum having a shot from 12 yards but it could only go wide of the far post.
As the game progressed, Liverpool took control of the game, and even though Palace were pressing aggressively when the ball was in their half, the home side really kept their passing tidy and hard hit.
With just 17 minutes on the clock, Palace were dealt a devastating blow when Wilfried Zaha picked up an injury and had to leave the game, before being replaced by Max Meyer.
In the 23rd minute, the Reds were 1-0 to the good from an inch perfect free-kick by English international Trent Alexander-Arnold, curling his effort round and over the wall, into the top corner, giving Hennessey no chance.
Having taken the lead, it was gear up from there for the hosts with a fast counter-press, giving Palace no chance whatsoever of keeping the ball whenever they got a little glimpse of it.
Salah was next, almost doubling his side’s score on the night, with an attempt to lob Hennessey from 40 yards but got his technique wrong and the sliced the ball well wide of the goal.
With just a minute left before the interval, Salah made it count this time around, giving Liverpool a 2-0 lead into the halftime break after receiving the ball over the top from Fabinho. Salah controlled it well before lifting it past an onrushing Hennessy, to give his side a comfortable lead as they headed into the tunnel.
Klopp’s troops started the match on the front foot once again, and made it 3-0 just 10 minutes into the second period. McArthur lost possession in the middle of the park for The Eagles. The Reds charged forward before Brazilian Fabinho lined up a shot from 40 yards, as the ball flew into the corner of the net.
The champions-elect were now in rampant mood and were 4-0 up in the 69th minute, courtesy of Sadio Mane, who beat the offside trap, before calmly slotting low into the corner past the hapless Palace goalkeeper.
In the end, it was some really brilliant football from Liverpool, who won’t be waiting long now until they get that trophy.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Lovren, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi, Jones, Elliott, Williams.
Crystal Palace: Hennessey, Ward, Sakho, Cahill, Van Aanholt, Kouyate, McCarthy, McArthur, Townsend, Zaha, Ayew.
Subs: Henderson, Dann, Mitchell, Tavares, Reidewald, Milivojevic, Meyer, Pierrick.