Liverpool inched closer to the Premier League title with a 2-0 victory over Manchester United at Anfield. Virgil van Dijk and Mohamed Salah got the goals for Jurgen Klopp's side, who remain unbeaten this season.
United were the only team to have taken points from Liverpool earlier in the season but their task was made harder on Merseyside without talisman Marcus Rashford. The Reds took an early lead via Van Dijk and had two subsequent goals ruled out, but they managed to keep the visitors in check throughout the game.
United started strong after the break but were wasteful in front of the Liverpool goal with Fred and Anthony Martial unable to convert multiple chances. David de Gea put on a solid performance but was unable to stop Salah's injury-time winner.
Here are the three things we learned as Liverpool beat Manchester United 2-0.
3. VAR gets it right. For once.
Liverpool thought they had a stunning second thanks to Roberto Firmino but VAR thought otherwise. Van Dijk challenged De Gea for a high ball into the box as the Spaniard let it squirm out of his grasp, before Firmino eventually found the net. Referee Craig Pawson didn't think anything of it, but VAR intervened and ruled the goal out.
De Gea was involved in a similar incident with Everton's Dominic Calvert-Lewin last month but the decision went against the United goalkeeper. While VAR has certainly has its controversial moments this weekend, it was heartening to see the video assistant referees get something right.
2. Ole's boys showed heart in defeat
This was a United team without most of their key players, Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba, and now, Marcus Rashford. Despite that, they showed life on the field and at times came close to challenging Alisson. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s boys were aggressive in both halves, coming back to exert pressure on Liverpool each time the home side put up a spell of breathtaking football.
Fred stepped up and was extremely impressive, and the sight of Daniel James sprinting the length of the pitch to challenge Salah in the last minute summed up the Red Devils’ approach, showing how they gave it their all, in spite of a lack of quality.
1. Title is Liverpool's to lose now
Barring any calamitous run of results, Liverpool are well on their way to lifting their first Premier League title since 1990. Liverpool came through the match easily to go 16 points clear at the top - and they have a game in hand. There is an element of fear in some parts about tempting fate, giving ammunition for any potential errors, but the truth is this team just doesn’t look capable of losing so much ground.
Liverpool still have to travel to Manchester City and Arsenal, and host Chelsea, but will fancy their chances against anyone at the moment. And while teams might come close to scoring, the reality is that Liverpool are in a different league than all of their rivals right now.