Liverpool could be crowned title winners tonight; Sonia O’Sullivan on last days of lockdown

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Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scores the fourth goal during the Premier League win over Crystal Palace. Photo: Phil Noble/NMC/Pool

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane scores the fourth goal during the Premier League win over Crystal Palace. Photo: Phil Noble/NMC/Pool

And so, after 30 years without a league title, Liverpool’s drought may finally end in the strange surroundings of an empty Stamford Bridge tonight. After a ruthless dismantling of Crystal Palace last night thanks to goals from Trent Alexander-Arnold, Mo Salah, Fabinho and Sadio Mané, Jürgen Klopp’s side will be crowned Premier League champions tonight if Manchester City fail to beat Chelsea. If City are to win and make Liverpool wait a little bit longer, they will have to do so without Sergio Agüero who may miss the rest of the domestic season with a knee injury suffered against Burnley on Monday night. Moving on to our Italia 90 Revisited series and this morning Emmet Malone speaks to Niall Quinn about his transformative goal against Holland and how, in his own words, it was the making of him. And in our dip back into the archives, Peter Byrne reflects on that performance against Holland and ponders the question whether the players being allowed to see their wives and girlfriends beforehand made any difference.

In golf, the PGA Tour will continue with the Travelers Championship this week despite a number of withdrawals – including the likes of Brooks Koepka, Graeme McDowell and last week’s winner Webb Simpson – because of Covid-19 concerns. Commissioner Jay Monahan spoke last night about how the Tour plans to tighten its safety protocols while reiterating that the number of positive tests is still quite low in the scheme of things.

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