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A match Mane in heaven as Liverpool striker scores 100th goal


SADIO Mane reached 100 career goals for Liverpool in a 3-0 win against Crystal Palace that sent the Reds top of the English Premier League, while Arsenal eased the pressure on manager Mikel Arteta with a battling 1-0 victory at Burnley on Sunday.

Defending champions Manchester City dropped two points at home to Southampto­n after a 0-all stalemate, while struggling Wolves lost their fourth match in five against 10man Brentford.

Mane continued his mastery of Palace, netting in his ninth league match in a row against the Eagles.

Mohamed Salah’s glancing header from Kostas Tsimikas’ corner was kept out by goalkeeper Vicente Guaita, but Mane pounced to lash home, giving him a century of goals for Liverpool in all competitio­ns.

Salah doubled the Reds’ lead in the 78th minute, before Naby Keita sealed the win with a volley.

Liverpool has made an impressive start to the season, scoring 12 goals in its opening five games and conceding just once.

“I told the boys that is one of the most hard-fought 3-0 wins I ever saw. We gave everything,” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said.

“Sadio’s 100th goal for Liverpool, a massive mark. It was a really good game for Sadio. He worked incredibly hard again.”

Arsenal was bottom of the table before last week’s fixtures, but wins against Norwich and now Burnley has lifted it mid-table.

Odegaard, who signed from Real Madrid last month after part of last season at the Emirates on loan, broke the deadlock in the 30th minute, curling home a free-kick to give the visitors a 1-0 lead at Turf Moor.

Arsenal breathed a sigh of relief when VAR overturned a penalty awarded to Burnley in the second half, after Matej Vydra tumbled to the turf following a challenge by goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale.

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Sadio Mane (right) and Crystal Palace’s Joel Ward.

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