Mohammed Salah inspired a blistering performance by Liverpool in the first half as they helped themselves to a commanding 3-0 win over Manchester City.
As predicted, there were plenty of goals in the all-English encounter but few would have expected Liverpool to keep Man City at bay for 90 odd minutes.
Liverpool took the lead in the 12th minute as Salah registered the first goal of the game and his 38th of a prolific season after Roberto Firmino made the most of Kyle Walker's failure to clear the danger.
Alex Oxlade Chamberlain doubled Liverpool's advantage in the 21st minute after firing a blistering shot past Ederson to send Anfield reeling in excitement.
10 minutes later Sadio Mane scored Liverpool's third of the night after heading home a Mohammed Salah cross from the right flank.
Liverpool retreated in the second interval as Manchester City took control of the game but still failed to register a shot. Liverpool's cause was not helped by Salah's departure after apparently sustaining a groin injury.
The return of Liverpool's top scorer of the season to match fitness before the second league on Tuesday will be a concern for Liverpool fans-- as will the suspension of captain Jordan Henderson however a sixth win over Pep Gaurdiola puts Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool in pole position to qualify for the semi finals.