Siao Mates Jun 25

Time to believe, Liverpool fans - you're now just one draw away from becoming EPL champions


 

Are you finally ready to believe, Liverpool fans?

 

Because no matter how superstitious you are – and there are many of such Reds out there – surely, it’s now time for you to bring out the proverbial champagne and prepare to celebrate Liverpool’s coronation as English Premier League (EPL) champions.

 

WATCH: Liverpool’s 1989-1990 First Division title celebrations

 

After all, following the Anfield outfit’s 4-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace this morning (SGT), Jurgen Klopp’s men are now just one draw away from lifting that coveted EPL trophy.

 

Yes, just one Manchester City draw is enough. And the Citizens’ next match? Against Frank Lampard’s high-flying Chelsea, no less.

 

Of course, the poetic justice of having Chelsea – who, thanks to Demba Ba and that infamous Steven Gerrard slip, helped to prolong Liverpool’s wait for an EPL title during the 2013/2014 campaign – be the team to cement the Reds’ status as champions this season will surely not be lost on the Liverpool fans who have lived with the emotional scars from that night till this day.

 

But, even if Pep Guardiola somehow manages to will his expensively assembled team to a victory over the Blues on Friday morning (SGT) - a match that will probably be watched by more Liverpool fans than Man City and Chelsea fans combined - it’s only a matter of time before the Merseysiders will be crowned champions.

 

No one in their right mind would bet against that happening. If even a global viral pandemic cannot stop Liverpool from finishing the season as champions, then what can?

 

Certainly not Crystal Palace, who were blown away by Liverpool in empathic fashion at Anfield this morning.

 

Full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold opened the scoring for the Reds in the 23rd minute with this peach of a free-kick.

 

Mo Salah then doubled his team’s lead just before half-time, after latching onto Fabinho’s lofted pass.

 

It was game, set, and match by the 55th minute, with Fabinho adding a third with this long-range strike.

 

But Sadio Mane was not done just yet, and added the icing on the very delicious Liverpool cake in our favourite minute, as he finished unerringly after Salah had set him free.

 

For the Manchester United fans reading this (if you’ve even managed to get this far), fret not, because we’re going to give you some love too.

 

Because while Liverpool took a step closer to the title, the Red Devils, too, took a huge step towards their goal of securing Champions League football next season, as they recorded a convincing 3-0 win over fellow top-four hopefuls Sheffield United.

 

Anthony Martial scored a hat-trick – becoming the first United player to do so in the EPL since Robin van traitor Persie in 2013 – while Marcus Rashford recorded two assists, thus proving that he not only can put food on the plates of hungry children, but also put goals on the plates of goal-hungry strikers.

 

WATCH: Solskjaer praises Rashford and Martial’s partnership

 

Martial’s first goal came early in the seventh minute of the game, as he connected with a fierce cross from Rashford to tap home from close range.

 

A minute before half-time, the Frenchman found himself in the right place at the right time again to guide Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s low cross into the back of the net.

 

Martial then completed his hat-trick in the 74th minute with a cute little dink over the goalkeeper after playing a neat one-two with Rashford.

 

All in all, a very good day to be wearing red today.

 

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