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Liverpool set European record after outclassing Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool set European record after outclassing Tottenham Hotspur

Liverpool's march to the Premier League title continued unabated Saturday in a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur, but the Reds also made European history Saturday in North London.

With 61 points after 21 matches, Liverpool set a record for points at this stage of a season in one of Europe's top five leagues (Premier League, La Liga, Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue Un). Paris Saint-Germain (2018-19), Juventus (2018-19), Manchester City (2017-18) and Bayern Munich (2013-14) shared the previous record with 59 points in 21 games.

The reigning kings of Europe fittingly set the record against the foes they vanquished in June's UEFA Champions League Final. Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-0 on June 1 in Madrid, and the Reds dominated Spurs from beginning to end Saturday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. 

Liverpool knocked on the door for the entirety of the first half, completely pinning Tottenham in their own half. Roberto Firmino's 37th-minute opener was a long time coming and happened as Spurs' back line -- featuring 20-year-old Japhet Tanganga on his Premier League debut -- finally wilted under the Reds' pressure. 

Spurs struggled to get the ball out of their own half in the first 45 minutes. Squakwa Football noted that Liverpool central defender Virgil van Dijk completed more passes in Tottenham's half than any Spurs player even attempted on the other end. 

Tottenham managed to fight back in the second half, with Son Heung-Min skying a shot over the bar in the 75th minute on a counter-attack sprung by second-half substitute Giovani Lo Celso. Lo Celso missed a volley in the 83rd minute on Spurs' best opportunity to equalize.

Spurs manager José Mourinho wasn't mad. It was just funny to him.

Liverpool laughed last, however, and have more history in their sights en route to the club's first-ever Premier League title. The Reds are 12 matches away from setting the league record for the longest unbeaten streak, and they've now played the equivalent of an entire Premier League season without dropping a match.

A legendary season for Liverpool, indeed.

Burnley-Leicester City live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

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Burnley-Leicester City live stream: How to watch EPL game online, on TV

Leicester City (14-3-5; 45 points) find themselves in a race for second place. 

The Foxes trail Manchester City (15-3-5; 48 points) by three points in the Premier League after the Sky Blues' draw with Crystal Palace on Saturday. With a win Sunday over Burnley (7-3-12; 24 points) at Turf Moor, Leicester can move into a tie for second.

Burnley, meanwhile, are in the worst run of form of just about any Premier League club. They've lost four straight matches and enter Sunday just two points clear of the last relegation spot. 

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Here's how to watch Sunday's Burnley-Leicester City match online and on TV. 

When: Sunday, Jan. 19 at 9:00 a.m. ET/6:00 a.m. ET
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports

Liverpool-Manchester United live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

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Liverpool-Manchester United live stream: Watch EPL game online, on TV

Manchester United (9-7-6; 34 points) have European qualification on the line, but playing spoiler Sunday against rival Liverpool (20-1-0; 61 points) at Anfield might provide bigger motivation. 

The Reds are marching towards history, with their first Premier League title merely a formality at this point. United can end Liverpool's unbeaten run in the league -- and longer on at home -- by springing the upset Sunday, which would provide embattled Red Devils manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a needed boost down the stretch. Winning Sunday would also cut fourth-place Chelsea's lead to just two points, with two sides set to square off in a month.

Liverpool should be up for it Sunday, as Manchester United are the only club to earn points at the Reds' expense this season. Jurgen Klopp's side will be motivated to avoid a repeat at Anfield. 

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Here's how to watch Sunday's Liverpool-Manchester United match online and on TV. 

When: Sunday, Jan. 19 at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. ET
TV: NBCSN
Online: NBC Sports