Liverpool made easy work of their latest away fixture against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park.
The Reds were utterly relentless to put the Eagles to the sword in their own backyard during an astonishing 7-0 victory.
Make that nine league wins and counting as Jurgen Klopp and his team continue to flex their muscles at the Premier League summit – they are now six points clear of second-placed Tottenham Hotspur.
What made this particular victory so impressive was the manner in which it was achieved.
In fact, it was Liverpool’s biggest away victory in top-flight history. No Reds team has managed to score seven on the road since they beat a Derby County side that included Peter Shilton back in 1991.
Talk about an early Christmas present – for the third year in a row, Liverpool will be top of the Premier League tree on December 25.
It also put to bed a worrying away record, that prior to the trip to Selhurst Park, saw the Reds with just one league win in six matches on the road.
Confidence and belief
It was only a fortnight ago, that Klopp was without nine first-team players as a result of injury, and questions were being asked of the Reds.
Even a wounded Liverpool can still draw blood and Palace certainly found out this particular notion the hard way.
No Van Dijk, no Thiago, no Salah, no Gomez, no Jota, no problem. Even without key personnel, Klopp was still able to record the biggest league win of his Liverpool tenure.
What is encouraging is the confidence the team now have, and the belief it will inspire during a critical period during the season.
One of the reasons why this particular performance was so necessary was that it reaffirmed to the rest of the league just how ruthless Liverpool can still be.
It was the Reds’ biggest win since in the PL in six months – ironically, that particular victory was also against Palace during a 4-0 victory at Anfield back in June.
While it is great to see that the team dominating from an attacking sense, it was especially encouraging to see Liverpool win the easy way, as opposed to putting fans through the emotional wringer as they did against Spurs in midweek.
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