Liverpool spent part of Sunday afternoon in second place in the Premier League but ended the day as they started it, at the top of the table.
Manchester City had temporarily replaced them after they beat Crystal Palace 3-1 but, with the pressure back on Jurgen Klopp's team, they beat Chelsea 2-0 at Anfield and, having played a game more than City, are two points ahead of them thanks in part to a superb strike from Mohamed Salah.
Liverpool were the first to go close in the game, Sadio Mane crossing for Salah but his volley was saved by Kepa Arrizabalaga in the Chelsea goal.
Chelsea threatened on 20 minutes when Willian fed Eden Hazard but Joel Matip forced the Belgian out and his shot was comfortably saved by Alisson.
Liverpool were dominating possession and looking the more dangerous although Chelsea were threatening on the break.
However, the home side were pressing as the game meandered towards half-time, Roberto Firmino finding Salah whose pass was met by Sane but his smart shot went wide of the left post.
It was possibly a nervy Anfield with the match goalless at the break, but the home crowd erupted five minutes into the second half, Jordan Henderson getting a cross into the box and slack marking allowed Mane to head home.
Two minutes later Liverpool doubled their lead and this time it was a goal to savour, Salah letting fly from 25 yards out, a swerving shot going into the top corner, a goal worthy of winning any game.
Chelsea did respond to the double blow, going desperately close to getting a goal back shortly afterwards when Hazard found himself through on goal but hit the woodwork;, he got another shot in just a minute later but Alisson made a good save to keep the score 2-0.
However, those alarms aside Liverpool saw the remainder of the game out fairly comfortably to return to the top of the Premier League.
Liverpool are back in action in midweek when they hope to make it through to the semi-finals of the Champions League.
They have a 2-0 lead after the first-leg of their quarter-final against FC Porto and are 21/20 to win the match in Portugal with Porto 11/4 and the draw 9/4.
Liverpool are 7/2 to win the Champions League this year with Manchester City 10/3 and Barcelona 5/2.
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