Liverpool beats Crystal palace to move within two points of League title

Sadio Mane of Liverpool Celebrates liverpools forth goal during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Crystal Palace at Anfield on June 24, 2020 in Liverpool, England.

Liverpool were back at their lethal best to beat Crystal Palace 4-0 at Anfield on Wednesday, moving within two points of securing the Premier League title.

The victory, with goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mohamed Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mane, ensured Jurgen Klopp's side could be crowned champions on Thursday if second-placed Manchester City fail to win at Chelsea.

Should Pep Guardiola's side win at Stamford Bridge, Liverpool could finish the job with a victory in their next game, against defending champions City, on July 2.

It was such a dominant performance from Klopp's side, who had been held to a 0-0 draw by Everton on Sunday, that Palace did not have a single touch in Liverpool's penalty area – the first time that has occurred in the Premier League since Opta began collating such stats in 2008.

Elsewhere, Anthony Martial scored Manchester United's first Premier League hat-trick for seven years to inspire a 3-0 home win over Sheffield United and maintain their hopes of a top-four finish.

The French forward's maiden career treble was also the first by a United player in the league since former manager Alex Ferguson retired in 2013 after they won their record 20th league title.

United stayed fifth in the standings on 49 points from 31 games, two behind fourth-placed Chelsea whose game in hand is a home clash with champions Manchester City on Thursday.

Martial took his league tally to 12 goals, surpassing his previous record of 11 amassed in the 2015-16 season.

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