Llorente brace as Juve restore eight-point lead
A brace from Spanish striker Fernando Llorente gave Juventus a 2-0 win over Livorno to restore their eight-point lead over Roma and edge the champions closer to a third consecutive scudetto on Monday.
Roma's faint hopes of a first Serie A title since 2001 were given a boost by Juve's shock 2-0 loss to Napoli last week.
But a day after a Mattia Destro hat-trick inspired a 3-1 win away to Cagliari and helped close Roma's deficit to five points, Antonio Conte's men underlined their title credentials with a solid display in Turin which did little to boost Livorno's survival hopes.
Juve have now amassed 84 points and, with six games remaining, remain on target to become the first team in Serie A to win the title with 100 points.
Livorno, meanwhile, remain third from bottom, two points adrift of the safety zone.
Following Roma's win in Sardinia, Llorente had posted a defiant Twitter message which read: "We either have to win or win."
But despite a high-octane start the Bianconeri had to wait 32 minutes before finally breaching the Livorno defence.
Innocent Emeghara tested Gianluigi Buffon with a long-range drive after just two minutes while at the other end Carlos Tevez forced Francesco Bardi to block from close range before sending a header from the rebound astray.
Stephan Lichsteiner then glanced an effort wide with the outside of his boot after Kwadwo Asamoah's delivery from the left after being set up by Andrea Pirlo.
Juve were building momentum and Llorente finally broke the deadlock in clinical fashion when he spun on Tevez's short pass from the left of the area to plant the ball in the roof of Bardi's net.
Three minutes later Llorente met Pirlo's corner from the right with a firm header which squirmed inside Bardi's near post.
Moments before the interval a Pogba drive spun off Lichsteiner, while at the other end Emeghara skipped past Martin Caceres and into the box before Leonardo Bonucci came to the rescue.
Juve countered after the resulting corner and Tevez was given time to send a 25-metre drive curl just wide of Bardi's far post.
Llorente almost had his third 10 minutes after the restart but pushed Pogba's through ball out of reach while to the right of goal.
Livorno were given a glimmer of hope by Ghanaian Alfred Duncan's drive, which brought a spectacular diving save from Buffon.
But Domenico Di Carlo's side were showing little threat of scoring, never mind causing an upset.
Di Carlo replaced Emeghara with Ishak Belfodil just after the hour while Sebastian Giovinco and Mirko Vucinic came on for Tevez and Llorente respectively shortly after.
Conte is likely to be counting on both his starting strikers for Thursday's Europa League quarter-final second leg clash at home to Lyon, who lost the first leg 1-0 in France last week.