Premier League leaders Liverpool have moved 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table. Indeed, the Reds are now five wins away from a first title in 30 years. However, Jurgen Klopp’s were forced to be patient in their 1-0 win at bottom-placed Norwich on Saturday. Nevertheless, substitute Sadio Mane rescued the in-form league leaders with a late winner
Liverpool dominated possession and racked up a total of 17 shots. On the other hand, Norwich only managed one effort on target. Yet, it was obvious that Klopp’s charges lacked a crucial, clinical edge.
Norwich goalkeeper Tim Krul also pulled off an astonishing double save around the hour mark; first denying Mohamed Salah before smothering Naby Keita’s close-range rebound. It was not until the 78th minute that the European champions were finally able to breach the Norwich defence; finding the net through Mane.
Equally important, the strike was Mane’s 100th goal in all competitions since arriving in England.
The win gave Liverpool a 25-point lead over defending Premier League champions Manchester City; who this week were banned from the Champions League for two seasons.
Also, the result is Liverpool’s 34th in their last 35 league games and their 17th in succession. Further, it secures their qualification for next season’s Champions League after just 26 matches; if City’s aforementioned ban is upheld.
Indeed, 15 more points will guarantee them a first English top-flight title in 30 years.
“It was a difficult game for different reasons,” Klopp said. “The wind, the organisation of the opponent and the way we played in the first half made it tricky for us.”
A first title since the 1989/1990 season beckons for the seemingly unstoppable Liverpool side.