Premier League title race already over for everyone bar Liverpool and Man City

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A couple of hours after the champions routed Brighton 4-0 at the Etihad, the Reds cruised to a 3-0 victory at Turf Moor to regain top spot

If you can’t be good, be lucky.Their 3-0 win over Burnley owed a little to fortune, but it takes them back to the top of the Premier League table and maintains their perfect start to the new season. They have now won their last 13 league games, a club record.

Four games in, and the story is set; Liverpool versus Manchester City, who can last the course best? Like last season, nobody else will come close. Their standards are too high.

If City’s win over Brighton earlier in the afternoon was to be expected, plenty would have looked at this fixture as a potential banana skin for Jurgen Klopp’s side. Burnley, roared on by one of the league’s more boisterous home crowds, were dying to sink their teeth into the title hopefuls. They were ready to get amongst them, ready to ask questions, ready to see if the Reds still had the stomach for a fight.

They had a go. They always do. But Liverpool found a way to rise above it. They always do.

Klopp had asked his team to be “hard” and they were. They stood up to Burnley’s physicality, took the bumps and the knocks and administered a few of their own too.

And then? Then it became a football match, a football contest.

No contest, it turned out.

It really is remarkable what both Liverpool and City are doing right now. They are, for want of a better word, decimating what is supposed to be the world’s most competitive league.

Between them, they haven’t lost a league game since the end of January. They are relentless, ruthless. Winning machines.

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