Liverpool leapfrog Man City to go top of table after thrashing relegated Huddersfield

IT is their TIME.

Mo Salah, named by the American mag as one of the planet’s most influential people, turned it on after returning from New York.

Mohamed Salah, Naby Keita and Sadio Mane scored in the first half
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Mohamed Salah equalled Liverpool’s record for most goals in first 100 appearances

Like the Big Apple, he is the forward who never sleeps.

Liverpool took chunks out of Huddersfield, 3-0 up at half-time after a Salah assist for the opener and a casual lob off his left boot just before the break.

There was still time for another, tapping in a cross from Andy Robertson seven minutes from time.

The Liverpool forward, bafflingly overlooked by fellow pros for the PFA team of the year, was irresistible.

So were Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s players were at their majestic best to bamboozle and befuddle these hopeless Huddersfield players.

Nobody is showing signs of nerves.

They are back for more, nibbling away at Manchester City again after this rampant Anfield win.

All they can do is keep this run going – 10 in a row in all competitions now – and pray to god City slip up.


Huddersfield were out of their depth here, outclassed by this composed and calculating Liverpool side.

This was embarrassingly easy, gifted a generous opener after just 15 seconds.

It is the quickest goal in Liverpool’s Premier League history, another stat that will be lobbed around liberally in their record-breaking season.

It arrived when Huddersfield defender Jon Gorenc Stanovic could not handle keeper Jonas Lossl’s bungled pass.

Naby Keita swapped passes with Salah and Liverpool’s dominating midfielder rolled in the first.

It brought up 100 goals for the season in all competitions for Jurgen Klopp’s relentless players.

Four days before their Champions League semi-final in the Nou Camp against Barcelona, they are in fine fettle.

They have to believe it is all possible.

There were more goals here, with another arriving after 22 minutes.

Sadio Mane, directing a downward header beyond Lossl, now has 19 goals in the Premier League.

Virgil van Dijk’s cushioned touch started it all, making room for himself to slice through Huddersfield’s ghostly midfield.

Nobody in a Terriers shirt came out of the shadows to stop him.


When he found a gleeful Andy Robertson in spave down the left, the full-back took a touch and then swung in a cross for Mane to score. Easy.

His 20th came a little bit later on.

This was another commanding performance from Liverpool.

Whatever happens from here in the Premier League, to reach 91 points after 36 games is a formidable achievement.

If they lose out to City, if Pep’s men become the first team since Manchester United in 2009 to keep hold of the trophy, the consolation is that they took it all the way to May.

They made a dent in the goal difference while they were at it, adding a third just a few seconds before half-time.

Trent Alexander-Arnold played the ball into Salah, but it was all about the cavalier, contemptuous nature of his finish.

He has 69 goals in 100 appearances for Liverpool and yet the most influential player in a red shirt feels vastly under-appreciated by this league.

Trophies and titles are won at this stage of the season by the very best players.

Salah is doing his bit out there.

Sadio Mane has scored nine goals in his last ten games at Anfield
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He plays the game at a different level, spotting openings and opportunities long before others.

Daniel Sturridge, making a rare start after Roberto Firmino pulled out with a muscular injury, thought he had the fourth before the hour.

He put Alexander-Arnold’s inviting cross beyond Lossl, but he was a fraction offside when the right-back crossed.

The only surprise about the fourth goal is that it took Liverpool 65 minutes to get it.

It was another Mane header, better than the first as he used his neck muscles to power Jordan Henderson’s teaser beyond Lossl.

There is so much going for Liverpool, with the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to the subs’ bench giving them another lift.

Ox, who ruptured knee ligaments in the Champions League semi-final against Roma last season, came on with 18 minutes left.

He nearly scored in the 76th minute when he wriggled through the Terriers defence.

Lossl finally made a save.

There was nothing he could do about Salah’s second, tapped beyond the Terriers keeper when Robertson sent in another guided cross from the left.

It was the easiest of the lot, but this was Salah playing the game on his terms.

His club finish the week on top, two games away from ending the 29 year wait to lift the league title.

After this, they believe there is still time.

Naby Keita opened the scoring after just 15 seconds
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Mohamed Salah slotted the ball into the net to make it 5-0
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