Liverpool returned to the top of the table with a fierce 2-0 victory over relegated Cardiff City thanks to goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and a James Milner penalty.
Jurgen Klopp's men were better off opening 45 minutes, but were unable to break the deadline.
Roberto Firmino was particularly guilty of flaming over when he left with a one-on-one Cardiff goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.
Cardiff, whose mid-season victory away from relegation rivals Brighton had given them a genuine hope of survival, so determined to upset the odds and claim a valuable point when they created a few half-chance at the beginning.
However, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was rarely threatened and the visitors came out much stronger in the second half ̵
Cardiff defender Sean Morrison should have pulled a goal back to the hosts as he somehow completely missed a header when he was presented with an open goal when the ball hit his back.
Morrison's day went from bad to worse when he admitted a penalty of 10 minutes back after hitting Salah, and Milner made no mistake from the spot.
"It was ready to be a proper banana skin, and we knew the boys were incredible," Klopp said. "It was clear, hard for us all."
"The boys really try everything they have, we're just talking about the things we need to do. Their attitude is great and it's a tough season, but also a very positive one."
Liverpool returns to Premier League Summit with Manchester City, there are two points behind traveling to rivals United Wednesday to play their games by hand.
Cardiff remains in the drop zone, three points behind Brighton, who has a game in hand.