Liverpool beat Newcastle United 1-0 away in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon.
Naby Keita’s fine finish in the 19th minute was enough to give the Reds a crucial set with all three points in the title race.
Here are five talking points from the St James’ Park contest…
History is made
These Liverpool players continue to raise heights not seen before at the club.
This win in the northeast was the team’s 44th in the 2021-22 campaign – a new club record in a single season.
It continued their astonishing form in the Premier League. The Reds have amassed 40 points from the last 42 available, only drawing at Manchester City in this run of 14 games.
You can expect another club record to be broken in the coming days or weeks.
Jürgen Klopp’s men are just two away from equaling Liverpool’s highest number of goals scored in a single season – 138 netted in 1985-86.
The Reds started the Premier League weekend by putting pressure on leaders Man City.
This is their fifth kick-off at 12:30 this season as they maintain their unbeaten streak in that slot.
Burnley, Watford (twice), Brighton & Hove Albion and now Newcastle were beaten 12-0 on aggregate.
Naby is the winner
There are still plenty of games left to play after Keita’s opener, but recent history shows that the result is never in doubt.
The No.8 scored his fourth goal of the season – all coming in separate games which Liverpool went on to win.
Keita’s first of the campaign came at Anfield in a 3-0 win over Crystal Palace, as he then bagged on the road at Atletico Madrid and Manchester United.
His quiet run and finish at Newcastle was the highlight of yet another great display from the Guineans in midfield.
The intensity of the run-in season was the reason Klopp made five changes at St James’ Park.
The three players who entered the line-up played a central role in the winning goal.
James Milner won the ball first through a tough tackle with Fabian Schar, Keita then played a neat one-two with Diogo Jota before he danced into the box and kept his cool in front of goal.
Two other changes, Joel Matip and Joe Gomez, were also important in the win.
They helped keep Liverpool’s 21st clean sheet in the Premier League season, while Gomez carried the threat going forward operating from right-back.
More ‘finals’ are coming
From one great 90-minute action to another, this season has the potential to be one for ages. Another big week lies ahead.
Liverpool will soon be cleaning up before flying to Spain to resume their Champions League semi-finals.
They head to Villarreal on Tuesday night with a 2-0 lead, looking to seal their place in the Paris final.
However, there will be no time to stand still, with Tottenham Hotspur arriving at Anfield for Saturday night’s clash.
That’s what we’re all involved with.