On Thursday afternoon, Jurgen Klopp’s side got off to a good start to their Premier League restart preparations, sending six goals past Blackburn Rovers at Anfield.
The Reds need just two more wins to be crowned champions, but if Manchester City loses to Arsenal next week, the victory party could start sooner. In this case, in order to secure top spot, Liverpool would only need to beat Merseyside rivals Everton on 21 June.
The match against Blackburn may have been just a behind-closed-doors, friendly bout but the relentless play by Liverpool indicates that fans won’t have to wait long to celebrate the club’s maiden Premier League title.
Sadio Mané netted the first goal of the game within 10 minutes, slotting home the rebound after saving the shot from Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.
Naby Keita then doubled the advantage of the home side, latching onto the clever pass of Takumi Minamino and converting from close range.
Minamino got himself on the scoresheet soon after with Mané providing the help to ensure that Klopp’s side enjoyed a 3-0 lead going into the break.
For the second half, Liverpool made seven changes- with academy stars Neco Williams, Jake Cain, and Caoimhin Kelleher all having a run out. But it had no impact on their dominance.
Another starlet, Leighton Clarkson, completed the 6-0 thrashing, which put the cherry on top of clinical performance with an excellent finish in the closing stages.
Much has changed since the COVID-19 ground football outbreak hit a halt in March. One thing seems to have remained quite the same though- Liverpool is devastatingly good at football.