Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League with a comfortable 3-0 win against Bournemouth on Saturday.
The win, registered with goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah, moves Jurgen Klopp's side three points above second-placed Manchester City who face Chelsea on Sunday and would return to the top on goal difference with a victory.
After consecutive draws, the pressure was on Liverpool to halt any chance of them lacking the steel for a tight title run-in and after surviving a scare when keeper Alisson Becker had to parry a Ryan Fraser shot in the second minute, Klopp's side looked close to their best again.
Sadio Mane opened the scoring on the 24th minute after heading in James Milner's pin-point cross, before Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the lead 10 minutes later with a sublime finish over goalkeeper Artur Boruc.
In the second half Bournemouth required a quick start if they were going to have any chance of mounting a comeback, but it was the Reds who made sure of the points in the 48th minute with a flowing move.
Midfielder Naby Keita chipped a ball over the top of the defence for Roberto Firmino to run onto, with the Brazilian then teeing up Mohamed Salah inside the box, to which the Egyptian slotted a low finish into the bottom-left corner.
It could easily have been a more emphatic scoreline - against a Bournemouth team that was missing key attacking players in Callum Wilson and David Brooks.
Liverpool are now on 65 points for the season, a total of points that would have been enough for a nine-point lead in the title race in any of the last five season at the same stage.
After this emphatic win, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said, "We were not happy with the performances from the previous two games and struggled a bit with set-pieces. There were a lot of things we had to improve.
"We have high expectations and today we won in an impressive manner - we had some outstanding performances on the pitch. Goal number three was world class.
"We wanted to show a reaction. It's our job not only to come through but to really perform and convince."
The loss was Bournemouth's eighth consecutive away defeat, their worst run of form on the road for 35 years. Boss Eddie Howe said, "I thought Liverpool were very good but we didn't really deal with their main threats.
"The first goal was offside but we never really recovered. We pride ourselves in never quitting. We lived on the edge a little bit but looked more of a threat in the second half.
"We had some moments early in the match. We looked fine until that first goal went in."
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