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Mane, Salah Send Liverpool Back to Top of Premier League Table



(AFRICAN EXAMINER) -A spectacular strike from Mohamed Salah helped Liverpool maintain their two-point lead over Manchester City in the Premier League title race with a crucial 2-0 win over Chelsea at Anfield on Sunday.

City won 3-1 at Crystal Palace earlier on Sunday meaning Liverpool have 85 points with four games to go and City are on 83 with an additional match to play.

But with Pep Guardiola’s side having to face Tottenham and Manchester United in the next 10 days and Liverpool having no more matches against top six teams, Juergen Klopp’s side have a glorious chance to end their club’s 29 year wait for a domestic league title.

After a fascinatingly even first half, Liverpool turned on the style after the break with a 51st minute header from Sadio Mane and then a long-range screamer from Salah two minutes later blowing Chelsea away.

Although the brilliant Eden Hazard hit the post for the visitors, there was a real determination about the way Liverpool approached the second half.

They closed down across the field and yet still pushing forward in search of a third to totally kill the game.

That did not come but with only lowly Cardiff City, relegated Huddersfield Town, Newcastle United and Wolves remaining as hurdles, this was the biggest obstacle in Liverpool’s run in, cleared with some margin to spare.

“It’s really big,” said Liverpool skipper Jordan Henderson.

“It’s another big game we have won. We have to concentrate on ourselves, work hard on training pitch and the focus is on the next game.

“But we are enjoying it and that’s the main thing,” said the England international.

 

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