Salla, Mane earn braces to send Liverpool top of EPL again

Salla, Mane earn braces to send Liverpool top of EPL again

Friday, April 26, 2019 11:08 pm

Liverpool’s Virgil van Dijk with team mates REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both struck twice as Liverpool kept the pressure up on English Premier League (EPL) title rivals Manchester City with a 5-0 win on Friday.

Liverpool beat already relegated Huddersfield Town to move to the EPL summit on 91 points, two more than Manchester City.

But Pep Guardiola’s side can regain top spot with a win at Burnley on Sunday.

It took just 14 seconds for Liverpool to go in front, with Huddersfield defender Jon Gorenc Stankovic giving the ball away to Salah just outside the box.

The Egyptian fed Naby Keita who slotted home off the inside of the post.

Mane headed in the second in the 23rd minute.

The Senegalese met a trademark Andy Robertson cross from the left after Virgil Van Dijk had started the move with a surge out from the back.

On the stroke of half-time, Salah put the game beyond Huddersfield.

He latched on to a long pass forward from Trent Alexander-Arnold and knocked the ball past the advancing Jonas Lossl.

Mane scored his second and Liverpool’s fourth in the 66th minute, heading in a deep cross from Jordan Henderson.

He also went close to a hat-trick in the 78th minute when he headed a Xherdan Shaqiri cross against the post.

Salah made it 5-0 with a simple close-range tap-in from a low Robertson cross.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to action as a substitute, his first appearance since suffering a knee injury a year ago.


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