Unbelievable, impressive, mentality monsters… Just to mention few adjectives to describe this Liverpool team, who are breaking records and more records in the English Premier League.
This time, the victims were their arch-rivals, Manchester United. Playing at their fortress, Anfield Road, the team led by captain Jordan Henderson beat the Red Devils 2-0 on Sunday and opened impressive 16 points clear of second-placed Man City. And Jurgen Klopp’s team still has one match to be played.
The goals were scored by defender Virgil Van Dijk in the first half and striker Mohamed Salah at 90+3. In the second and decisive goal, the long ball for the Egyptian was made by goalkeeper Alisson, who left his area to celebrate the victory with the striker in front of the Kop. It was the first assist for a Liverpool goalkeeper in 10 years.
Without their best player, the striker Marcus Rashford, Man United entered the pitch to maintain the status of the only English team not to be defeated by Liverpool this season.
The first game of the League between the two sides, at Old Trafford, ended up in a 1-1 draw. Another missing piece of the team is the French midfielder Paul Pogba, who has had surgery and has played little since the start of the tournament.
The home team dominated much of the match and created goal opportunities that were not confirmed mainly because of goalkeeper David de Gea and the crossbar. But despite serious creative problems in the midfield, United managed to threaten. They wasted chances with Andreas Pereira, who was clearly not on his best day, and striker Anthony Martial.
The best in the field for the visitors was the Brazilian Fred. But he, alone, failed to hold Liverpool’s creative sector, far superior. The volume of play, pressure on the ball and speed of Salah, Firmino, and Mane, with the support of Henderson, the best in the field, were too much for the defense of Manchester United.
The victory made the Reds get to 64 points and one step closer to finally get an English League title after 29 years. United, on the other hand, remain in 5th position, with 34 points, and is currently qualifying for next season’s UEFA Europa League.
Both teams go back to the field in the middle of the week. On Tuesday, the Red Devils will face Burnley at the Old Trafford. On Thursday, the Reds will face the Wolves away.