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Liverpool’s rout of Leicester makes it just a matter of time until they clinch first Premier League title

Liverpool’s rout of Leicester makes it just a matter of time until they clinch first Premier League title

Liverpool are 13 points clear at the top of the Premier League, and their supporters still refuse to sing that their team are “gonna win the league” this season. There have been too many near misses at Anfield since the club were most recently crowned champions of England in 1990 for the fans to tempt fate by going too early with that particular chant, but Jurgen Klopp’s players made it 17 wins out of 18 in the league this term with Thursday’s 4-0 victory against closest challengers Leicester City.

It would seem that the only people who don’t yet believe that the Premier League trophy is on its way to Liverpool are the very supporters who are so desperate to witness it.youth nfl jerseys cheap

Their Boxing Day win at second-place Leicester showed it’s no longer a case of if Liverpool win the Premier League this season, but when. It’s also become slightly irrelevant as to when they will win it, too. The only real questions that remain unanswered are about how big Liverpool’s winning margin will be and how many records they will smash along the way.

Remember the rush to declare Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City as the best team of the Premier League era two years ago, when they became the first side to break the 100-point barrier in the top flight? On current form, Liverpool are on course to make 100 points look like little more than a stopping-off point toward a much greater final total. By doing so, they will put Guardiola’s team firmly in the shade.3

City might have gone one further last season by winning a domestic treble, even pipping Klopp’s side to the title by one point in the process, but Liverpool ended that campaign as Champions League winners. The gap between the two was already wafer thin, but this season, Liverpool have planted their foot so firmly on the pedal that they have left City, and everyone else, in their slipstream.china nike nfl jerseys cheap

It took seven minutes for the Reds to finish off Leicester in the second half, but they were dominant from start to finish at King Power Stadium. A flurry of early chances culminated in a pinpoint cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold to Roberto Firmino for an easy headed finish, and while it remained 1-0 until midway through the second half, the result rarely felt threatened.

In the 71st minute, the rout began: Caglar Soyuncu inexplicably handled in the box to give James Milner, one of the most reliable penalty-takers, an easy finish. Further goals followed from Firmino, who calmly curled a Alexander-Arnold cross into the top corner, and from the Liverpool full-back himself, whose thumping first-time finish left Kasper Schmeichel helpless.

As if to cement their controlling performance against the league’s second-place team, Klopp’s side restricted the Premier League’s leading scorer, Jamie Vardy, to one off-target shot in his worst performance of the season.