Liverpool moved within one game of the Premier League title after returning to their irrepressible best to beat Crystal Palace 4-0.
A goalless draw against Everton on Sunday had raised questions about Jurgen Klopp’s side following the return of the Premier League earlier this month.
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But the Liverpool manager made four changes to the side that struggled in the Merseyside derby, restoring Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson and Georginio Wijnaldum to the starting line-up in the process and he wasn’t made to wait long for any doubts to be dismissed.
Trent Alexander-Arnold’s stunning 23rd minute free kick beat the visitors’ defensive wall and goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey before nestling in the top corner to give Liverpool a deserved lead.
Salah doubled the hosts’ advantage in the 44th minute, latching onto Fabinho’s lofted through-ball before beating Palace full-back Patrick van Aanholt to score past Hennessey from close range.
Fabinho added a third on 55 minutes with a long-range rocket of a strike from around 30 yards out that left Hennessey no chance.
Salah turned provider from Liverpool’s defensive half for the fourth goal after 69 minutes, an incisive first-time through-ball playing in Sadio Mane to bend a shot into the corner of the net.
Second-placed Manchester City play on Thursday against Chelsea and should they fail to win Liverpool will be crowned champions of the Premier League.