Liverpool back on top after 3-0 win over Bournemouth

Hindustan Times (Chandigarh) - - Htsportsmax - Agen­cies

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 three­p­oint 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.

Wi­j­nal­dum’s re­turn was Klopp’s only change from the 1-1 draw at West Ham on Mon­day and the Dutch mid­fielder’s pres-

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Dence made a huge dif­fer­ence through­out. Salah should have dou­bled Liverpool’s lead when Wi­j­nal­dum un­selfishly squared when played clean through by Roberto Firmino on a rapid counter-attack, but the Egyp­tian mis­con­trolled and al­lowed the Bournemouth de­fence to re­group.

In­stead Wi­j­nal­dum scored the sec­ond goal Liverpool needed for some breath­ing space, scor­ing in a stun­ning fash­ion 11 min­utes be­fore the break.

UNITED MOVE INTO TOP 4

LON­DON: Manchester United moved into the Pre­mier League’s top four by beat­ing Ful­ham 3-0 at Craven Cot­tage on Satur­day, with Paul Pogba scor­ing two more goals to con­tinue his resur­gence un­der Ole Gun­nar Sol­sk­jaer.

Arse­nal re­turned to win­ning ways with a 2-1 vic­tory over bot­tom side Hud­der­s­field Town on Satur­day, but re­main the only side with­out an away clean sheet in the Pre­mier League this sea­son.

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