Liverpool picked up the pace to move within two points of a first league title in 30 years after tearing apart Crystal Palace in a 4-0 Premier League win at Anfield.

The returning Mo Salah provided the inspiration as he scored one and laid on a brilliant assist for Sadio Mane.

A superb Trent Alexander-Arnold free-kick and a fierce Fabinho drive contributed to a comfortable victory which could easily have been greater, such was their dominance.

Early in 2020 many fans had singled out this fixture, originally scheduled for March 21, for a title-winning party with tickets selling on the black market for thousands of pounds.

Those thoughts are merely a long-forgotten dream – or financial nightmare for those who gambled on buying a now non-existent seat – but the champagne will not be on ice for much longer.

If Manchester City do not beat Chelsea on Thursday then the title will be Liverpool’s without kicking a ball.

Even victory for Pep Guardiola’s side means the Reds could secure the title at the Etihad a week later.

Final score: Liverpool 4-0 Crystal Palace

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