Liverpool dispatches Manchester United, goes 16 points clear

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Liverpool players celebrating Mohammed Salah's injury time goal against Manchester United at Anfield

Mohamed Salah ripped off his Liverpool jersey at a freezing Anfield after completing a 2-0 victory over Manchester United in stoppage time on Sunday, making fans on the Kop end of the stadium to sing: “We’re gonna win the league.”

It’s been a 30-year wait but there is no longer any fear from the Liverpool supporters, as their team has moved 16 points in front at the Premier League summit.

“Now you’re gonna believe us,” they chanted.

Although Liverpool only held a slender lead heading into stoppage time — after Virgil van Dijk’s 14th minute header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner — the ineffective United attack meant this victory never appeared in doubt.

Virgil van Dijk rises high to score opening goal against Manchester United at Anfield

Even with Liverpool unbeaten through 22 games and with a game in hand, the players aren’t as bullish as their fans in declaring the title a done deal.

“I think everyone wants us to say something about it but we won’t,” Van Dijk said. “In the squad we cannot, and we won’t. It is one game at a time.”

Liverpool could even afford to have two goals ruled out, including Roberto Firmino’s curling strike due to Van Dijk’s foul on United goalkeeper David de Gea in the buildup. Salah also scuffed a shot and captain Jordan Henderson hit the post.

It took Mohamed Salah getting on the end of goalkeeper Alisson’s inspired long ball with the final whistle about to blow for the Liverpool title party to begin, with four months of the season remaining.

Mohamed Salah celebrates goal

“You have to find a way and we did,” Van Dijk said. “We had to put everything on the line and we kept a clean sheet again so I’m happy with that.”

Liverpool is closing in on a 19th English title, one behind the record haul United built with 13 Premier League successes under Alex Ferguson.

But it is United’s neighbor Manchester City that is the nearest but still distant challenger to Liverpool, 16 points behind in second place in its ailing title defense.

United are 30 points behind Liverpool in fifth place.

“They had moments when they played football,” Liverpool Manager Jürgen Klopp said of United. “But it’s not too often.”

In the other Premier League game on Sunday, Burnley defeated Leicester City 2-1 at Turf Moor with goals from Chris Wood and Ashley Westwood.

The win over Leicester took Burnley to 14th on the table, while the Foxes remain 3rd on the table behind defending champions Manchester City.

 

Chidi Nwoke.