Key games as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool marched towards the Premier League title

Liverpool secured their first top-flight title since 1990 in record time with seven matches remaining, beating the previous best of five by Manchester United in 2000-01 and Manchester City (2017-18).
Virgil Van Dijk celebrates his goal against Manchester United. Pic by Getty.Virgil Van Dijk celebrates his goal against Manchester United. Pic by Getty.
Virgil Van Dijk celebrates his goal against Manchester United. Pic by Getty.

Here PA looks at some of the key moments of their remarkable season.

Liverpool, in a strangely impotent performance considering their form, were staring at a first league defeat in nine months courtesy of Marcus Rashford’s strike in the first half.

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However, substitute Adam Lallana’s first goal in almost two and a half years rescued their unbeaten record five minutes from time.

November 2: Aston Villa 1 Liverpool 2

This match produced possibly the most significant five minutes of the whole campaign.

Trailing to Trezeguet’s first-half goal Andy Robertson popped up with a rare goal to equalise with an 87th-minute header before Sadio Mane glanced in Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner in added time.

Defeat would have reduced Liverpool’s lead to just three points with main rivals Manchester City their next opponents.

November 10: Liverpool 3 Manchester City 1

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Liverpool never looked like allowing the visitors to close the gap as despite Pep Guardiola’s side dominating the opening exchanges they went behind to a brilliant Fabinho goal.

Mohamed Salah and Mane extended the advantage which meant Bernardo Silva’s late effort was little consolation as Klopp’s side opened up a nine-point gap to City.

December 26: Leicester 0 Liverpool 4

Billed as genuine test for Klopp’s side on their return from Qatar as Club World Cup champions second-placed Leicester were blown away.

Two for Roberto Firmino and one apiece for James Milner and Trent Alexander-Arnold extended Liverpool’s lead to 13 points.

January 19 2020: Liverpool 2 Manchester United 0

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The day Liverpool fans dared to believe their long wait for a title was coming to an end.

An early Virgil Van Dijk header was followed by Salah’s breakaway goal in stoppage time, but the lateness of the second strike did not do justice to the dominance they had in the game.

Victory stretched the gap to City to 16 points and, for the first time in a long time, the Kop sang ‘We’re going to win the league’.


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