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