Roy Keane and Jose Mourinho have both predicted that the Premier League title race is now over after Liverpool beat Manchester City 3-1 on Sunday.
The victory at Anfield put Jurgen Klopp’s side nine points clear of the defending champions, in fourth, and eight ahead of Leicester and Chelsea.
Liverpool have taken 34 points from a possible 36 since the start of the season and the only other two clubs to have been in a similar position – Manchester United in 1993 and City in 2017 – both went on to win the title.
“It’s not supposed to be easy. If it was easy everyone would win league titles. But it’s not, it’s meant to be tough and demanding, and that’s why when you get there it’s absolutely fantastic.
“If you’re in the Liverpool dressing room you’ll be thinking bring it on.
“We’re talking about them ripping teams to shreds.
“They’ve been doing it for the last two/three years. The way they’re playing is fantastic.
“And on top of everything they’ve got, they look like a fit team. Energy on top of quality gives you a great chance.”
And Mourinho agreed with Keane, he added: “From my position I think it’s done.
“Unless something dramatic happens in terms of an injury that breaks the team, but I think the team is a complete puzzle. It’s adapted to the quality of the players.
“What they did tactically to leave Mane and Salah in those positions, the work that Firmino does for them, the puzzle is really, really good.
“City are capable of winning seven, eight, nine matches in a row, but I don’t see how Liverpool can lose their advantage over them.”