Liverpool pair Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah both scored twice as they hit seven past Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park to go six points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

Firmino, Salah, Takumi Minamino, Sadio Mane and Jordan Henderson were all on the scoresheet as the champions overwhelmed Roy Hodgson’s side with a stunning away performance.

Liverpool raced into the lead in the third minute as Mane set up Minamino, who coolly found the bottom corner.

And the Senegal international then doubled the advantage in the 35th minute after a superb turn, before Firmino tapped home to round off a brilliant counter-attack on the stroke of half-time.

Captain Henderson curled in a fourth just after the restart before Firmino added his second after good work from Salah.

Salah headed home a sixth with nine minutes remaining, before doubling his personal tally with a brilliant individual effort moments later.

Liverpool captain Henderson said: “I thought we were ruthless today and took our chances which is always important. We dominated the game for large periods but I still thought we were sloppy at times. Overall, we’re delighted with the performance. To finish this week off with the win after midweek is important and we managed to do that.

“It was coming I felt as over the last few games we have had chances and not taken them which has cost us at times.”

Asked if it was Liverpool’s best performance this season, the midfielder also said: “In some ways but we don’t just look at the scoreline. I thought we were very good midweek and again today so we just need to keep the momemtum going and work hard.

“In the first half they had one or two half chances – a little on the counter-attack. They are always going to create something but we limited that today. We managed the game well in the second half.

“Overall, the performance level, we have to be happy. Now we have a week leading to the next game. Then another tough test again.”