Liverpool moved to within touching distance of league leaders Manchester City following a comfortable 6-0 win over Leeds United on Wednesday night.
The Reds went into the match knowing a win could take them to within three points of Pep Guardiola’s side, and they got the job done as they took a 3-0 half-time lead.
Mohamed Salah scored twice from the penalty spot on either side of a Joel Matip strike, before Sadio Mane’s two late strikes and a Van Dijk goal sealed the win.
The hosts got off the blocks first but had to wait until the 15th minute to get the opener, which came from the spot after Stuart Dallas was adjudged to have handled the ball inside the penalty area.
Salah then stepped up to score his 17th Premier League goal of the season to set Liverpool on the path to victory.
Raphinha, who was recalled to the starting lineup thought he had pulled his side level just before the half-hour mark, but his goal was ruled out for offside.
Andrew Robertson then tested the goalkeeper with a fine strike from distance, but Illan Meslier pulled off a reflexive save to block his effort.
On the half-hour mark, Liverpool scored their second when Salah turned provider, feeding Matip who easily found the back of the net.
In another match, Ben Mee scored a crucial goal as Burnley beat Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 to breath some life into their survival battle.
The Clarets went toe-to-toe with Antonio Conte’s European chasing Spurs, and took their only chance with 20 minutes to go when Mee managed to win himself just enough space inside the box to meet a free-kick and powered a perfectly placed header inside the right post.
At the Vicarage Road, Crystal Palace beat hosts Watford 4-1 thanks to a Wilfried Zaha brace and stikes from Jean-Philippe Mateta and Conor Gallagher.
Moussa Sissokho scored Watford’s consolation, with the loss leaving them deep in the relegation zone.