LIVERPOOL: Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League after Mohamed Salah´s stunning strike clinched a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp´s side had surrendered pole position a few hours earlier when Manchester City won 3-1 at Crystal Palace, piling pressure on the Reds to respond as the title race heats up.
Liverpool rose to the challenge as Sadio Mane´s opener five minutes after the break and a blistering long-range drive from Salah two minutes later moved them two points clear of second-placed City on a raucous afternoon at Anfield.
City have five games left compared to just four for Liverpool, leaving the destiny of the title in the hands of the champions.
But there is a growing feeling at Anfield that this will be the season Liverpool finally end their 29-year wait to be crowned kings of English football.
Chelsea posed the last major threat to Liverpool´s title bid, yet the leaders dealt with the challenge impressively to mark Klopp´s 200th game as Reds manager in style.
With City having difficult league fixtures looming against Tottenham and Manchester United, Klopp´s men are convinced they can hold onto pole position.
Their run-in is undoubtedly less daunting than City´s, with Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle on the schedule before a potential title party against Wolves at Anfield.
For fourth-placed Chelsea, the loss was a blow to their bid for Champions League football next season and they will drop to fifth if Arsenal win at Watford on Monday.