Liverpool narrowed the gap on Manchester City to three points at the top of the Premier League table with a resounding 6-0 victory over Leeds United on Wednesday night.
Two first-half penalties from Mohamed Salah came either side of a sublime Joel Matip effort to give the Reds a commanding advantage at the interval at Anfield.
Sadio Mane added a fourth with 10 minutes remaining, crashing the ball home first time from Jordan Henderson’s low delivery, before tapping in another after Divock Origi’s effort had been saved.
There was still time for Virgil van Dijk to head in a sixth in stoppage-time – and the result stretched Liverpool’s winning sequence in the league to six matches and closed the gap on the leaders ahead of Sunday’s Carabao Cup final with Chelsea at Wembley.
Liverpool made five changes, with Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Curtis Jones returning in midfield. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson returned in the full-back roles.
It was Thiago’s 50th appearance for the club following his transfer from Bayern Munich in September 2020.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago (Henderson 68), Jones (Milner 76), Diaz (Origi 84), Salah, Mane.
Unused subs: Kelleher, Konate, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas.