Soccer-Liverpool go 16 points clear with 2-0 win over United

By Simon Evans

By Simon Evans

LIVERPOOL, England, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Liverpool moved 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League after a 14th-minute Virgil van Dijk header and a stoppage-time strike from Mohamed Salah gave them a 2-0 win over Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday.

Juergen Klopp's side, chasing their first league title in 30 years, also have a game in hand on second-placed Manchester City with the title race appearing more of a procession than a contest.

After a promising start from the visitors, Van Dijk was poorly marked by United as he rose to head in a Trent Alexander-Arnold corner.

Salah missed a glorious chance from close range just after the interval during an intense period of pressure from the home side, in which Jordan Henderson also hit the post.

United survived that blitz and clawed their way back into the game and could even have snatched an equaliser but Anthony Martial blasted high and wide in the 59th minute.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side applied some late pressure but were caught on the counter-attack in the final moments with Salah racing clear before slotting home.

(Reporting by Simon Evans Editing by Toby Davis)