The win maintained the Reds’ perfect record at the Amex, and ensured the Seagulls’ wait for a victory over Liverpool, which has run since 1984, continues.
With Jurgen Klopp‘s side already champions, the ability to still pick up wins after the complacency scare at the Etihad is heartening, and suggests the carrot of an all-time points record is working.
Nine points are needed from the remaining four clashes—against Burnley, Arsenal, Chelsea and Newcastle—to ensure the Reds surpass City’s 100-point total from 2017/18 to record the highest tally of any top-flight side in English football history.
They have already beaten United’s best in the 20-team Premier League, however, with the Manchester side accruing 91 points in 1999/00 for their highest total in a 38-game season.
Liverpool are now on 92, still 23 clear of City, which could therefore still see them finish with the biggest points gap ever between first and second—the current record is 19.
Milner breaks into the top five
The 34-year-old is now on 536, behind only David James (572), Frank Lampard (609), Ryan Giggs (632) and Gareth Barry (653), with it still feasible for him to jump into fourth.
250 for the front three
Salah has scored 94 of those, with Mane contributing 79 and Firmino hitting 77, and the manager reflected on their remarkable output in his post-match press conference.
“Two-hundred-and-fifty goals is really exceptional—imagine where I would be if these boys did not play for me!” he joked.
“Wow! The situation minus 250 goals…great!”
Keita’s sign of things to come
It was Keita’s pressing that forced the first goal for Salah, and he set the tone all over the pitch with his relentless work off the ball and his tidy, incisive play on it.
Given he had only previously set up two in the league prior to the visit of Villa, perhaps this is a signal of intent from our No. 8.
Fastest to 30
Not only have Liverpool broken United’s 38-game best with four to spare, and are on course to set a new all-time points record, they are also the fastest to 30 wins in a single season in English history.
That is across the whole of the Football League, from the top flight down, with Klopp’s side only dropping points on four occasions.
They can keep up their incredible season’s form on Saturday, with Burnley the visitors—and though the manager insists otherwise, no doubt records will be on their mind when the Clarets head to Anfield.