Liverpool's Sadio Mane, second left, celebrates scoring the first of his two goals in the 2-0 win over Spurs.
Liverpool's Sadio Mane, second left, celebrates scoring the first of his two goals in the 2-0 win over Spurs. Rui Vieira

Liverpool back on track with first league win of year

SADIO Mane showed Liverpool fans what they had been missing while he was away with Senegal in the Africa Cup of Nations with two goals in the Reds' 2-0 home win over Tottenham in the English Premier League.

Mane showed tremendous pace and power to net twice in the first half as Jurgen Klopp's men revived their EPL chances, while at the same time damaging Spurs' aspirations of closing the gap at the top to Chelsea.

It was Liverpool's first league victory of 2017 and ended Spurs' nine-game unbeaten run.

"It was how you have to play against Tottenham and of course we had to show a reaction," Klopp told Sky Sports.

"The reaction was perfect. It was an outstanding performance."

Liverpool moved back into the top four, above Manchester City, which travels to Bournemouth Tuesday morning.

Tottenham is still in second but only on goal difference after Arsenal's 2-0 home success over relegation-threatened Hull.

Manchester United stayed in touch of the top four with a 2-0 win at Old Trafford over Watfrord.

Chelsea had the chance to move 12 points clear of the chasing pack overnight with a win at Burnley.

The battle for positions below the Blues could not tighter, with two points separating Spurs in second and United in sixth.

Seventh-place Everton could have moved into that battle but was held to a 0-0 draw at 15th-place Middlesbrough.

Sunderland is still on the bottom of the table after Southampton's new Italian striker Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice in a 4-0 win at the Stadium of Light.

Sam Allardyce's rein at Crystal Palace continues to be a difficult one as his team was beaten 1-0 at Stoke, thanks to Joe Allen's sixth goal of the season.

Palace stayed second from bottom whil Stoke climbed to ninth.

Gareth McAuley rescued a point for West Bromwich Albion in a 2-2 draw at West Ham United with an injury-time equaliser.

News Corp Australia


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