Liver­pool re­claim lead from City

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - SPORT - —AFP

Liver­pool: Liver­pool re­gained top spot in the Premier League by get­ting back to win­ning ways as goals from Sa­dio Mane, Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum and Mo­hamed Salah se­cured a com­fort­able 3-0 win over Bournemouth on Satur­day.

Back-to-back draws against Le­ices­ter and West Ham had seen Jur­gen Klopp’s men usurped by Manch­ester City on goal dif­fer­ence in mid­week. But Liver­pool took full ad­van­tage of their game in hand over the cham­pi­ons to open up a three-point lead and put the pres­sure back on City when they host Chelsea on Sun­day.

Klopp had called on his side to en­joy the “ex­cite­ment” of what prom­ises to be a thrilling ti­tle race rather than be­ing bogged down by the nerves of re­cent dis­plays as they seek to end a 29-year wait to win the ti­tle.

And af­ter Mane broke the dead­lock mid­way through the first half to re­lieve any last­ing ten­sion around An­field, Liver­pool set­tled back into the stride that saw them win nine Premier League

games in a row through Novem­ber and De­cem­ber.

James Mil­ner again deputised at right-back with Trent Alexan­der-Arnold only fit enough to re­turn from in­jury on the bench and his cross was pow­er­fully headed home

by Mane for his fourth goal in as many games.

Wi­j­nal­dum’s re­turn was Klopp’s only change from the 1-1 draw at West Ham on Mon­day and the Dutch mid­fielder’s pres­ence made a huge dif­fer­ence through­out.

Stop­watch: Liver­pool 3 (Mane 24, Wi­j­nal­dum 34, Salah 48) bt Bournemouth 0, Ful­ham 0 lost to Manch­ester United 3 (Pogba 14, 65-pen, Mar­tial 23), Crys­tal Palace 1 (Zaha 76) drew with West Ham 1 (No­ble 27-pen), Hud­der­s­field 1 (Ko­lasinac (90+3-og) lost to Arse­nal 2 (Iwobi 16, La­cazette 44), Southamp­ton 1 (Stephens 90+1) lost to Cardiff 2 (Bamba 69, Zo­hore 90+3), Wat­ford 1 (Gray 65) bt Ever­ton 0

Play­ing to­day (Live on Star Sports Se­lect 1): Tot­ten­ham vs Le­ices­ter City (7pm), Manch­ester City vs Chelsea (9.30pm)

—AFP

Mo­hamed Salah (C) turns to cel­e­brate af­ter scor­ing Liver­pool’s third goal against Bournemouth at An­field on Satur­day

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