Salah ex­tends his hot streak to take Liver­pool clear at the top

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - FRONT PAGE - DAVID CHARLESWORTH

LIVER­POOL re­main un­beaten in the Pre­mier League af­ter Jur­gen Klopp’s side re­turned to top spot af­ter a 4-1 win over Cardiff City at An­field yes­ter­day. The Reds went three points clear of ti­tle ri­vals Manch­ester City, who face fel­low high-flyers Tot­ten­ham at Wem­b­ley to­mor­row.

Chelsea, Arse­nal and Spurs are all two points be­hind City so Klopp was de­lighted to put some breath­ing room be­tween them­selves and the chas­ing pack.

“The num­ber of points makes a mas­sive dif­fer­ence. The dif­fer­ence be­tween 23 and 26 feels like 20 points, but it is only three,” said Klopp. “It is re­ally im­por­tant to stay on track, we will all need each other. It is un­be­liev­able that five or six clubs have such a big num­ber of points.

“It makes it even more in­tense, good for the peo­ple and for the sup­port­ers of all dif­fer­ent clubs.”

Mo Salah scored for the fourth time in his last three matches and Sa­dio Mane bagged a brace ei­ther side of Xher­dan Shaqiri’s first Liver­pool goal.

Liver­pool had 80 per cent pos­ses­sion and 19 at­tempts at goal against a side that were happy to sit on the back foot for pro­longed pe­ri­ods.

The only blem­ish came when Cal­lum Pater­son got the fi­nal touch to a scrappy goal — dash­ing Liver­pool’s hopes of ex­tend­ing their run of clean sheets in the top flight at home to 10 matches.

“We con­ceded a goal. That is never some­thing you want, es­pe­cially when you can get a record,” added Klopp. “Now Cardiff thought there is a bit more in this game and then we were im­me­di­ately there and fin­ished the game off. I’m re­ally happy about that and we can re­cover and pre­pare for the next game.”

Klopp had warm words for Mane, who has played the last two games de­spite a bro­ken thumb on his left hand.

“He has a bro­ken thumb and plays with a brace. I wouldn’t feel com­fort­able with it but he ig­nores it pretty well. The first goal he gets the as­sist and the goal. It was a very good per­for­mance,” the Ger­man said.

Cardiff boss Neil Warnock said his play­ers had given a good ac­count of them­selves. “It was eerie at 2-1, be­cause it was so quiet. If we could have just hung on for an­other five next min­utes, it would have been in­ter­est­ing. But they were just too good for us in the end.”

Mo Salah cel­e­brates af­ter scor­ing Liver­pool’s open­ing goal in the 4-1 win over Cardiff City at An­field yes­ter­day. Photo: Paul El­lis

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