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Liverpool on track toward title after wild win

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Monday, 24 February 2020 13:54

Liverpool took another step toward their long awaited Premier League crown with a dramatic 3-2 win over West Ham United on Monday.

- When can Liverpool win the Premier League title?

The win at home put them 22 points clear of second-place Manchester City. Liverpool now need 12 points from 11 games, with the quickest way to clinch the crown is with four victories.

Liverpool's 21st straight victory at Anfield broke the record for most consecutive home league wins in English top-flight history, set by themselves in 1972. The win also equalled City's record for 18th consecutive Premier League victories.

Liverpool and West Ham exchanged early header goals with Georginio Wijnaldum giving the hosts a brief lead off Trent Alexander-Arnold's corner-kick in the 12th minute, only to see Issa Diop equalise three minutes later.

West Ham then gave the Anfield crowd another shock when Pablo Fornals' shot to the far post went just beyond the reach of Alisson for the go-ahead goal in the 54th minute.

Lukasz Fabianski had his own goalkeeper mishap when Mohamed Salah's close-range shot squirmed through his hands and legs for the 68th minute equaliser.

Sadio Mane gave Liverpool the lead for good in the 81st minute when he flicked the ball into an empty net after Alexander-Arnold hooked a cross toward the back post.

The waning moments did provide some heartstopping moments with VAR ruling Mane offside on a would-be goal and Alisson making a game-clinching save on Jarrod Bowen's counter-attack effort.

Liverpool's upcoming schedule include matches vs. Watford (a), Bournemouth (h), Everton (a), Crystal Palace (h). If both Liverpool and Man City win all their upcoming fixtures then the Reds will be champions on March 21 against Palace.

The guard of honour would then come at reigning champions City on April 5.

However, March 21 is reserved for FA Cup quarterfinal ties, so the Palace game may be postponed to a later date. If that is the case, they could win the title with a draw at Man City, then the guard of honour would come at home to Aston Villa.

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