Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah celebrates after scoring a screamer against Chelsea. Getty Images

Liverpool powered back to the top of the Premier League after Mohamed Salah’s stunning strike clinched a 2-0 win over Chelsea on Sunday.

Jurgen Klopp’s side had surrendered pole position a few hours earlier when Manchester City won 3-1 at Crystal Palace, piling pressure on the Reds to respond as the title race heats up.

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Liverpool rose to the challenge as Sadio Mane’s opener five minutes after the break and a blistering long-range drive from Salah two minutes later moved them two points clear of second-placed City on a raucous afternoon at Anfield.

City have five games left compared to just four for Liverpool, leaving the destiny of the title in the hands of the champions.

But there is a growing feeling at Anfield that this will be the season Liverpool finally end their 29-year wait to be crowned kings of English football.

Chelsea posed the last major threat to Liverpool’s title bid, yet the leaders dealt with the challenge impressively to mark Klopp’s 200th game as Reds manager in style.

With City having difficult league fixtures looming against Tottenham and Manchester United, Klopp’s men are convinced they can hold onto pole position.

Their run-in is undoubtedly less daunting than City’s, with Cardiff, Huddersfield and Newcastle on the schedule before a potential title party against Wolves at Anfield.

For fourth-placed Chelsea, the loss was a blow to their bid for Champions League football next season and they will drop to fifth if Arsenal win at Watford on Monday.

Premier League Table

Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
1 Liverpool 33 26 7 1 57 85
2 Manchester City 33 27 2 4 64 83
3  Tottenham Hotspur 33 22 1 10 30 67
4  Chelsea 33 20 6 8 23 66
5  Manchester United 33 19 7 7 19 64
6  Arsenal 32 19 6 7 25 63
7  Leicester City 34 14 5 15 1 47
8  Wolverhampton Wanderers 33 13 8 12 -1 47
9  Everton 34 13 7 14 2 46
10  Watford 32 13 7 12 0 46
11  West Ham United 34 12 6 16 -10 42
12  AFC Bournemouth 34 12 5 17 -12 41
13  Crystal Palace 34 11 6 17 -6 39
14  Burnley 34 11 6 17 -18 39
15  Newcastle 34 10 8 16 -11 38
16  Southampton 33 9 9 15 -15 36
17  Brighton & Hove Albion 32 9 6 17 -19 33
18  Cardiff City 33 8 4 21 -35 28
19  Fulham 34 5 5 24 -44 20
20  Huddersfield Town 34 3 5 26 -48 14