Two headed efforts from Sadio Mane and Liverpool’s fastest ever Premier League goal were the highlights of another evening which suggested that the question of which of the title combatants will blink first may not be settled until the final day of the season.
Even then, the form book suggests, neither Jurgen Klopp’s side or Manchester City will lose again between now and that Sunday afternoon in May.
And, with Mo Salah also among the goals with two on Friday night, Huddersfield were never going to be anywhere near capable of producing an upset as Liverpool returned to the top of the table with a two-point edge.
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Alisson, bizarrely, was actually forced into action, diving to parry a good effort from Juninho Bacuna but, as Liverpool headed towards completing the 29th lead change of the Premier League title race, it became a question of how many more they could score.
The fourth came on 65 minutes when Jordan Henderson floated in yet another brilliant delivery and Mane scored an impressive off-balance header from six yards for his 20th league goal of the season.
Return of the Ox
And a successful evening for Klopp and his team’s supporters continued as he was able to bring on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, out for 12 months with knee ligament injury, as a 73rd minute substitute. He was met with warm applause, a moving moment during an otherwise routine win.
The England international almost scored within minutes, taking a through ball from fellow sub Xherdan Shaqiri and showing clever footwork before shooting straight at Lossl, and Shaqiri almost set up a hat-trick for Mane whose header hit the post.
Shaqiri also started the move for the 83rd minute fifth goal, finding Robertson whose deadly cross was turned in from point-blank range by Salah. Oxlade-Chamberlain’s return was arguably the highlight of the night, however, and Liverpool fans will be glad to see him back to his old self.