However as soon as Mo Salah’s late strike secured a 2-Zero win over Manchester United, you bought the sensation the social gathering to finish a three-decade look forward to the title had simply begun.
Even essentially the most pessimistic of Liverpool followers and optimistic of Manchester Metropolis followers will in all probability now admit this season’s Premier League title race is over.
After Pep Guardiola’s aspect may solely muster a disappointing draw in opposition to Crystal Palace on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp’s Reds have now prolonged their lead on the high of the desk to 16 factors.
Whereas the scoreline alone makes this sport look like a considerably tight affair, it was something however.
Underneath an excellent purple sky at Anfield, the gulf in high quality between these two groups was plain for everybody to see and victory for Liverpool means the membership is now 30 factors higher off than Manchester United this season.
After at present’s match, you have been left questioning the way it was solely 30.
Apart from a quick spell on stress early within the second half, Manchester United had no reply to the relentless purple wave that descended again and again on its purpose.
When Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring for Liverpool after simply 14 minutes — towering above everyone within the field to go dwelling Trent Alexander-Arnold’s nook — the one shock was that it had taken that lengthy.
Curiously, Manchester United is the one staff this season to have taken factors off Liverpool within the Premier League, holding the champion-elect to a 1-1 draw again in October.
As the primary half wore on, the visiting aspect’s protection continued to wilt below stress and Liverpool discovered VAR to be a much more cussed opponent than United’s backline.
Not as soon as, however twice was the house aspect denied by the video assistant referee; the primary for Van Dijk’s foul on David de Gea and the second for a fractional offside resolution.
Liverpool was cruising at half time, although if any significantly jittery followers did want some additional comforting, the Reds hadn’t misplaced a house Premier League sport when main on the interval for 10 years, a run stretching again 102 matches.
Two minutes into the second half, Salah had one of many best possibilities he’ll ever have to attain however someway fluffed his shot from three yards out large of the publish.
It was a let off for Manchester United — whose gamers appeared to have began the second interval half asleep — and simply seconds later some sloppy play on the again gifted the ball to Jordan Henderson, who crashed an effort off the skin of the publish.
These missed alternatives appeared to spark life into United and Anthony Martial squandered his aspect’s solely actual probability of the match, blazing his shot wildly over the bar when it appeared simpler to attain.
With the visiting aspect throwing all its males ahead in the hunt for a later equalizer, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson hit a surprising move upfield to search out Salah fully unmarked.
United winger Daniel James did nicely to get again however the Egyptian held off his problem and coolly slotted the ball below De Gea to ship Anfield into rapture.
“And now you are gonna consider us,” the followers continued. “We will win the league.”