Liverpool could be crowned champions of England for the first time in 30 years without kicking another ball, after a superb weekend of results for the leaders.
The Reds narrowly beat Bournemouth 2-1 on Saturday to end their mini-slump in form of three defeats in four games.
Meanwhile, their title rivals Manchester City suffered another slip up as they were beaten 2-0 by Manchester United on Sunday’s derby at Old Trafford.
It means Jurgen Klopp’s side have a 25-point lead at the top with nine games remaining.
But they could be crowned champions as soon as NEXT WEEK, and without even kicking a ball, if City’s slide continues.
Pep Guardiola’s side play twice before Liverpool’s next match against Merseyside derby rivals Everton on Monday.
And if City lose against Arsenal on Wednesday as well as against Burnley on Saturday, Liverpool will be confirmed league winners before kick-off at Goodison Park – where they would receive a guard of honour from the Toffees.
Even if City win both of those games, Liverpool need only six points from their last nine matches to put their hands on the Premier League trophy for the first time in the club’s history.
Two more victories would put Klopp’s men on 88 points – the maximum City can now achieve after their Manchester derby defeat.
If the title rivals keep winning, Liverpool will have their first shot at sealing the title in the game after Sunday’s clash at Everton, which is at home to Crystal Palace.
But, if the Reds drop points against Everton or Palace, and City record back-to-back wins this week, then Liverpool will have a chance to be crowned at the Etihad Stadium on April 5.
A shred of doubt has crept into the dialogue about what had seemed to be an inevitable Liverpool title win in recent weeks.
A few weeks ago, the runaway leaders had lost just twice in 41 matches in all competitions.
But after three defeats in four games, against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League, Watford in the Premier League and Chelsea in the FA Cup, there were fears from some fans that they could blow their huge lead at the top.
Liverpool proved their resilience against the Cherries, though, and Klopp has insisted he was ‘never worried’ about the mental strength of his players.
“It’s very important that you keep your nerve, but I was never worried about that,” he said.
“It’s not just about keeping your nerves, it’s about fighting all the stuff that works against you at the moment.
“True, for one-and-a-half years, not a lot of these things worked against us but in the last two weeks they did. So we have to fight them.
“We can’t ignore them and think they won’t happen again. We aren’t that kind of team, or that kind of club.
“We’ve always had to work really hard for all the things we have got. I saw this on Saturday, and am more than happy.”