Liverpool produced an outstanding afternoon display at Selhurst Park as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool hit Crystal Palace for seven.
Takumi Minamino set them on their way inside three minutes when he swept in a first league goal for the champions.
Sublime strikes from Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino followed before the interval, though Palace created a handful of opportunities which they were unable to capitalise on.
Liverpool showed no let-up after the break as Jordan Henderson rasped in a fourth before Firmino clinically added goal number five.
Mohamed Salah came off the bench to round off the scoring with a close-range header followed by a magnificent curling effort to make it seven.
The win put the Reds six points clear in their bid to win back to back titles.
“I don’t feel satisfaction or whatever. I am happy in the moment, absolutely, because it was just a top game, but it makes no sense to be over the moon about something but the challenges don’t get smaller,” said Klopp.
“For the first time now in what feels like ages we don’t play Tuesday again. I think Crystal Palace felt today a little bit how hard it is to play Wednesday and then Saturday 12.30pm immediately again – it is tough and it was tough for us as well.
“I don’t think really about being top of the table or whatever, we are just happy we won the game and now we have more time to recover than we ever had before in this season.
“We have to use that in a smart way and then West Brom is waiting for us with Sam Allardyce in the next proper challenge.”