Liverpool need to win just four more league matches to wrap up their first ever Premier League crown with a 3-2 victory against West Ham, who made them sweat at Anfield.
Goals from Issa Diop and Pablo Fornals appeared to have put West Ham on course for an unlikely win after Georginio Wijnaldum had put the hosts ahead.
But second-half strikes from Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane saw the Reds get the three points and equal Manchester City’s 2017/18 record of 18 league victories on the bounce.
Pre-match, Liverpool were expected to wipe the floor with their struggling opponents and the expectant Anfield crowd didn’t have to wait long for to get out of their seats with Wijnaldum putting them in front on nine minutes.
The Dutchman headed home Trent Alexander-Arnold’s brilliantly dug out cross from the right, although Hammers keeper Lukasz Fabianski will feel he could have kept it out having got a hand to it.
West Ham fans would have been fearing the worst at that point but there was no time for that fear to set in as they were level three minutes later.
Defender Diop headed in a corner from the right at the near post – Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker getting a hand to it but not enough to keep it out.
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Diop’s equaliser silenced the Kop
Jurgen Klopp’s men were unable to get a proper rhythm and had few clear-cut chances, Salah coming closest in the first half with his shot being tipped over the bar.
And just short of ten minutes after the break, a huge shock, as West Ham took the lead through substitute Fornals.
The Spaniard did brilliantly to sweep home a hopeful Declan Rice cross from the right and silence the usually raucous Liverpool home.
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A win would have taken West Ham out of the relegation zone
There was a sense that Liverpool needed some luck to get back into it and they ended up getting a huge one with Salah finding the equaliser on 68 minutes, the Egyptian’s tame effort squirming under Fabianski.
The home fans found their voice once again and the game was turned on its head with the Reds getting another slice of luck as Joe Gomez’s shot fell straight into Alexander-Arnold’s path, who hooked the ball past the onrushing Fabianski and Mane was on hand to tap in the winner.
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