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Watch Liverpool FC's Sadio Mané score header, bury Manchester City

Watch Liverpool FC's Sadio Mané score header, bury Manchester City

Six minutes into the second half Sunday at Anfield, the rout was on.

That's when Liverpool attacker Sadio Mané slipped behind Manchester City's defense and headed in Jordan Henderson's whipped-in cross to score the English Premier League leaders' final goal in a 3-1 win over the reigning champions.

Mané's marker gave Liverpool a 3-0 lead in the 51st minute.

The Reds led 2-0 heading into the second half, thanks to a pair of goals within the first 15 minutes. City created more chances and had more possession in the first half, but Fabinho gave Liverpool a 1-0 advantage on the Reds' first shot of the match and Mo Salah doubled the lead on their second.

Bernardo Silva scored for City in the 78th minute, but Mané gave Liverpool plenty of breathing room to finish out the match.

Mané's goal, his seventh of the Premier League campaign, marked just the second time this season that City had allowed three goals in a match. The Cityzens now have one fewer loss (three) than they did in their Premier League-winning campaign last season, and sit nine points back of the Reds in fourth place.

Liverpool has not won a Premier League crown or a top-flight title of any kind since 1990. Thanks to Mané's goal Sunday, it might not be too early to start planning the parade.

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

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

Liverpool's celebrations are only just beginning, and the Premier League champions (28-2-1; 86 points) will take the field with that distinction for the first time Thursday.

Manchester City's loss to Chelsea last week clinched the title for the Reds, and last year's champions give their successors a guard of honor when Liverpool and City (20-3-8; 63 points) play at the City of Manchester Stadium. A guard of honor is customary to commemorate Premier League champions when they clinch in-season, but it's not compulsory or even in the Premier League rulebook. Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola already said his players would honor Liverpool on Thursday, but his squad can still play spoiler.

History is still on offer for Liverpool, who are on pace to smash league records for wins, points and the largest gap between first and second. City has a chance to disrupt those ambitions, all while maintaining form and potentially sending a message for next season's title race.

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Here's how to watch Thursday's Manchester City-Liverpool match live online and on TV.

When: Thursday, July 2 at 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. PT
TV: NBCSN
Live stream: NBC Sports

Watch West Ham stun Chelsea, Christian Pulisic with 89th-minute winner

Watch West Ham stun Chelsea, Christian Pulisic with 89th-minute winner

Chelsea picked a bad day to debut a new kit with a gigantic "3" emblazoned on the chest. 

The Blues lost to/drew London rivals West Ham United 3-2 on Wednesday, dropping points with a chance to take sole possession of third place in the Premier League. Chelsea wore their new blue kit -- sponsored by UK telecom company Three -- for the match, but West Ham striker Andriy Yarmolenko's 89th-minute winner provided the lasting image.

Willian scored in the 42nd minute after American star Christian Pulisic drew a penalty for Chelsea. West Ham responded soon after, with Tomas Soucek equalizing -- thus making up for a goal overturned by VAR and an own goal last week against Tottenham Hotspur -- in the first half's fifth minute of stoppage time.

Michail Antonio gave West Ham the lead in the 51st minute, but a magic moment from Willian erased the Irons' advantage. Pulisic drew a foul outside of the box, and Willian capitalized with a sublime free kick that evened the score at 2-2 in the 72nd minute.

Yarmolenko and West Ham got the last laugh just before stoppage time, earning a much-needed three points to move three clear of the relegation zone. The win clinched West Ham's first league double against Chelsea since the 2002-03 season, and the Irons were clinical in doing so. West Ham scored on all three shots on target.

Pulisic maintained his hot form, as did Willian. But Chelsea did not. The Blues once again dropped points from a winning position Wednesday, and they're much closer in that area to the clubs battling relegation than the ones chasing UEFA Champions League qualification.

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Leicester City's loss to Everton and Chelsea's defeat are boons for Manchester United, Wolves and the other teams looking to earn a spot in Europe next season. Chelsea's grip on fourth place is down to two points, while United and Wolves are only three points behind Leicester themselves.

There's still plenty of time for Chelsea to solidify a Champions League place, but another bad result could keep their new kits in the changing room.