Firmino, Mane score brace each to keep Liverpool in EPL title race

Firmino, Mane score brace each to keep Liverpool in EPL title race

Sunday, March 10, 2019 5:36 pm


Two goals each for Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane helped Liverpool to keep in touch with English Premier League (EPL) leaders Manchester City on Sunday.

Juergen Klopp’s side secured a 4-2 win over lowly Burnley at Anfield on Sunday to move to 73 points, one point behind Manchester City, who beat Watford 3-1 on Saturday.

Both teams have eight games remaining.

The visitors took a surprise lead in the sixth minute, with Ashley Westwood scoring direct from a corner kick, although Burnley’s James Tarkowski looked to have impeded Liverpool
goalkeeper Alisson Becker.

Liverpool drew level when Tarkowski and Clarets goalkeeper Tom Heaton made a mess of a low cross from Mohamed Salah, and Firmino was left with the simplest of tap-ins.

Sadio Mane then put Liverpool ahead with a fine, curling finish after a poor clearance from Jeff Hendrick was blocked by Adam Lallana.

Burnley started the second half well, but the outcome was put beyond doubt in the 67th minute when Heaton poorly kicked straight to Salah.

The Egyptian burst into the area, and Charlie Taylor’s sliding tackle fell kindly to Firmino who made no mistake.

Substitute Johann Gudmundsson pulled back a goal in stoppage time for 17th-placed Burnley who remain two points above the relegation zone.

But then, Mane added a fourth to make sure of the three points.(Reuters/NAN)

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