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Liverpool and Chelsea Premier League title decider discovered as Virgil Van Dijk reaches Reds landmark

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Why Liverpool being knocked off top spot by Chelsea would change with Premier League title on the line Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday put them ahead of Liverpool at the top of the Premier League table in the most arbitrary way.

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Liverpool’s 3-0 win over Crystal Palace turned out to be a landmark game for Virgil van Dijk as he made his 100th league appearance in a Reds shirt - although his manager admitted he was unaware of his achievement.

Despite being rested for the midweek Champions League tie against AC Milan, as the 30-year-old manages his return to fitness, was entrusted to lead a defence that included debutant Ibrahima Konate and emergency right-back James Milner.

However, that wouldn’t be enough to declare champions if the standings were similarly deadlocked on the final day of the season - with the having an interesting rule to decide the league title, in that scenario.

The two sides are level on points, goal scored, and goals against, with even the pair’s meeting at Anfield in August ending all square.

His influence as part of the backline is demonstrated by the numbers behind his century for the Reds, having only lost eight league games since joining the club in January 2018.
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