Liverpool crushed Merseyside rivals Everton 5-2 on Wednesday night, as they took another sizeable step towards their first Premier League title.
This performance was as good as we have seen the Reds this season, as the victory pushed them on to 32 games unbeaten in the Premier League. According to stats gurus Opta, this is now Liverpool's longest run without a defeat in English top flight history.
18 - Since the start of last season, Trent Alexander-Arnold has provided more Premier League assists than any other player (18), with 15 of those coming in 2019. Baller. pic.twitter.com/0RXfMNZqCW— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) December 4, 2019
Speaking of unbeaten runs, the Reds have now gone 18 games without suffering a loss against the Toffees - winning eight and drawing 10. This is their longest unbeaten streak against any specific opposition in the competition's history.
However, this proved to be a masterstroke. Divock Origi came in from the fringes to play a starring role for the Reds, bagging a first-half brace. The Belgian has now racked up five goals for Liverpool against Everton, with only Robbie Fowler (6) and Steven Gerrard (9) scoring more.
He just loves a big game doesn’t he pic.twitter.com/ZDwnodZqFE— Andy Robertson (@andrewrobertso5) December 4, 2019
Sadio Mané also stepped up to the plate in the absence of Salah and Firmino, scoring once and providing two assists. This was the first time that the Senegalese international had assisted twice in a game since March 2018, which was also the last time Mané has even registered an assist at Anfield for Liverpool.
Klopp's brave decision to make these changes also paid off on a personal note. The win proved to be the German's 100th win in the Premier League, coming in just 159 games. Only José Mourinho reached the milestone quicker - 142 games.
Georginio Wijnaldum's late goal was one for the football statisticians. The Dutchman making it 5-2 meant it was the first time since November 1982 that Liverpool had put five goals past Everton in the league.
The Reds are looking formidable in their quest for a first Premier League title. They now sit eight points clear at the top of the table, and will head to Bournemouth this weekend to try and stretch their lead even further. Can anyone stop them?