Liverpool’s relentless march towards a 19th league title continued with a 2-0 win over Manchester United, though the league leaders are still not daring to believe it quite yet.
Virgil van Dijk opened the scoring with a first-half bullet header, the £75 million man capitalising on some poor Manchester United defending from a corner.
The goal saw Liverpool up the tempo, and Jurgen Klopp’s side created a whole host of chances in a pulsating first-half, though were foiled by VAR and the linesman’s flag after Roberto Firmino and Gini Wijnaldum both found the net.
Manchester United did make it an intriguing contest, and piled on the pressure towards the end of both halves as they looked to take points off their bitter rivals for a second time this season, but were undone on the counter with the last kick of the game by Mohamed Salah who made it 2-0.
With Man City and Leicester both dropping points this weekend, Liverpool’s win stretches their enormous lead at the top of the Premier League to 16 points, and they still have a game in hand over the chasing pack.
While the Anfield faithful broke into ‘We’re going to win the league’ at the full-time whistle, captain Jordan Henderson will be waiting until its mathematically impossible to make such declarations.
“Why should we change now? Why think about the end of the season? There’s still a lot of games left,” Henderson told Sky Sports.
“We’ve taken it by each game for a long time now and it’s put us in good stead, so there’s no need to change. The crowd were unbelievable again today, but for us as players it’s the next game, the next challenge.
“The Premier League is tough, there’s some tough teams, United played well at times today, but overall I felt as though we deserved the three points.”
Reds boss Klopp also refused to get too carried away with his side’s imperious, and seemingly unassailable lead, despite seeing his side take another massive step towards securing their first title since 1990.
“They can sing that, they have sung that a couple of times in the past I think,” Klopp also told Sky when asked about the Kop’s jubilant chant.
“I have no problem with that. Everyone should celebrate the situation, apart from us. Nothing has changed, we have the same situation plus three points. I will tell you immediately the moment if it feels different, at the moment it doesn’t.
“I have no idea whether we will be caught or not, I don’t care. First and foremost it’s the Premier League. We play Wolves on Thursday, it’s our next exceptional challenge. I don’t have enough space in my brain to contemplate anything else.”