Liverpool’s top four chances are well and truly alive following their comprehensive win at Arsenal.
Second-half strikes from Diogo Jota and Mohamed Salah sealed a comfortable win at the Emirates after a dominant opening 45.
Jurgen Klopp’s side looked back to their best early on as they bossed proceedings and will have felt aggrieved to go in level at half-time.
But the introduction of Jota proved telling as he broke the deadlock and then notched his side’s third.
Salah’s persistence saw him get in on the act and the Reds now sit just two points off the coveted fourth spot.
We take a look at five talking points from Liverpool’s success.
1. Jota furthers his case
There will come a point where Klopp really can’t leave Jota on the bench.
Many will argue we are well past that point. He has been the club’s most consistent forward all year and, had injuries not occurred, may well have more goals than Salah.
Jota replaced Andy Robertson in the second-half and took just minutes to break the deadlock.
His header powering past Bernd Leno to give the Reds the lead before he grabbed a second to seal the game.
A blunt Reds attack has been a problem this term – you wonder if they already have the solution in their ranks.
2. Signs of recovery
It is certainly too early to suggest that Liverpool’s struggles are behind them, but they do look more like themselves.
Successive wins over RB Leipzig and then Wolves will have rebuilt confidence following a baron spell.
It wasn’t too be and Liverpool must still arrest their home form.
But against Arsenal, Klopp’s side – who are still without a proper central defensive partnership – were good on the ball, won it back quickly and controlled the tempo.
Their attack remains someway off its scintillating best but the signs are positive for the outgoing champions.
3. Penned in
Arsenal’s first-half left a lot to be desired as Liverpool bossed proceedings from minute one.
The Gunners had just one attempt in the opening 45 – a weak Nicolas Pepe header.
But it was their lack of intent and ambition that will have angered Mikel Arteta more than anything.
Liverpool press from the front, but that is nothing new and the Gunners were unable to combat it.
They continued to seek route one passes that were never going to favour Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang or Alexandre Lacazette.
Martin Odegaard was rendered redundant due to his side’s reluctance to pass through the Reds.
It all led to a very one-sided first-half that the hosts were somewhat lucky to survive.
4. A Tierney blow
Arteta won’t have enjoyed watching Kieran Tierney trudge down the tunnel just before the interval.
The Scot has been one of Arsenal’s most consistent performers and his absence will be a huge miss.
Tierney clashed with James Milner and was soon replaced by Cedric.
The north Londoners will hope it is nothing more than some bruising because anything worse could serious hamper their domestic and European hopes.
5. Rare capital gains
The Reds had won just two of their last 20 visits to Arsenal – drawing nine and losing the other nine prior to Saturday’s game.
A victory on the opening day of the 2016/17 season and a 2-0 win back in 2011 were their only successes.
So three points on the red half of north London was most certainly welcome – if unexpected.
It was their defeat at Arsenal last season that ended their hopes of equalling Manchester City’s 100 points total.
The year prior a draw at the Emirates proved costly as they missed out on the title by a point.
This season though the Reds will remember their trip to Arsenal as one of dominance.