In brushing aside Southampton, Liverpool moved to within three points of third place and stretched their unbeaten run to 18 matches across all competitions.
Victory at St Mary’s was their fourth in succession and was the tenth consecutive game against a divisional rival in which they avoided defeat.
Universally written out of the race for Champions League qualification following a 3-1 reverse at Crystal Palace back in November, the Reds – who are two points adrift of fourth – can be backed as short as 19/10 to achieve the much-coveted feat this term.
For a team in such scintillating form, this ranks as an exceptional price, but there’s even more money to be made backing the white-hot Merseysiders to win the league with Manchester City and Chelsea removed from the equation.
It’s 9/1 that Brendan Rodgers’ men are crowned best of the rest, with a third-place finish almost certain to see them land the bet with the pacesetting pair seemingly immovable from their positions of prominence.
Given that the Anfield club are just one win away from equalling the points tally of current bronze medallists Arsenal, this must be considered a fantastic price.
Their defence hasn’t conceded in five away matches, while their attacking threat is only going to improve as Daniel Sturridge creeps closer to optimum match fitness.
Even Mario Balotelli has started scoring goals in recent outings.
The Reds’ reliability is what gives them the biggest advantage in this particular tussle, with every one of their rivals still proving susceptible to surprise point-spills.
Last weekend’s action saw Manchester United and Tottenham succumb to inconsistency, while the Gunners’ recent defeat at White Hart Lane suggests they’re a long way from being over their big-game buckling habit.
Impressive home form has enabled them to stockpile wins of late, but with Chelsea and Liverpool still to visit the Emirates, it’s unlikely they’ll snare the spoils in every base camp battle between now and the campaign’s closure.
Southampton appear to be running out of gas, or so their goalscoring difficulties would indicate and although their top-four finish hopes are anything but dead, they lack the quality to finish higher than all of those currently in contention.
Unhindered by any of these issues, Liverpool look poised to steamroller a path into the top-four and backing them to win the title without the two frontrunners now could well prove farsighted in the coming months.