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EPL: Liverpool back to winning ways and back on top


LIVERPOOL: Liverpool regained best spot in the Premier League via getting back to winning tactics as goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah secured a comfy 3-Zero win over Bournemouth on Saturday.

Back-to-back draws against Leicester and West Ham had seen Jurgen Klopp's men usurped via Manchester City on goal difference in midweek.

But Liverpool took complete advantage of their sport in hand over the champions to open up a three-point lead and put the power back on City once they host Chelsea on Sunday.

Klopp had known as on his facet to benefit from the "excitement" of what guarantees to be a thrilling title race moderately than being bogged down via the nerves of recent presentations as they search to finish a 29-year wait to win the title.

And after Mane broke the deadlock midway in the course of the first 1/2 to relieve any lasting stress round Anfield, Liverpool settled back into the stride that saw them win 9 Premier League video games in a row through November and December.

James Milner once more deputised at right-back with Trent Alexander-Arnold handiest fit enough to return from injury on the bench and his go was once powerfully headed house via Mane for his fourth goal in as many video games.

Wijnaldum's go back was once Klopp's handiest exchange from the 1-1 draw at West Ham on Monday and the Dutch midfielder's presence made an enormous difference right through.

Salah will have to have doubled Liverpool's lead when Wijnaldum unselfishly squared when performed clean through via Roberto Firmino on a fast counter-attack, however the Egyptian miscontrolled and allowed the Bournemouth defence to regroup.

Instead Wijnaldum scored the second one goal Liverpool needed for some respiring area himself in shocking model 11 mins earlier than the smash.

Andy Robertson picked out Wijnaldum's run into the box and he took a slightly earlier than delicately lifting a lob over the helpless Artur Boruc.

The 38-year-old Polish goalkeeper once more kept Salah waiting for his goal via turning over a dipping volley a minute earlier than half-time.

However, Salah finally prolonged his lead because the Premier League's best scorer 3 mins into the second one duration as a stupendous flick from Firmino teed him up to slot house his 20th goal of the season.


Mane will have to have inflicted extra punishment on a Bournemouth facet that has now misplaced their final 8 away video games in the league when he headed vast when unmarked from Wijnaldum's go.


Salah additionally hit the bar earlier than Wijnaldum was once given a standing ovation as he made approach for Alexander-Arnold.


While City proceed to combat for silverware on four fronts, a 2d heat weather coaching go back and forth in an issue of weeks now lies in wait for Liverpool due to their early exit from the FA Cup.


Klopp's men aren't in motion once more till Bayern Munich seek advice from in the Champions League in 10 days' time. That additional freshness could ultimately swing the title Liverpool's approach with 12 video games left to carry onto their lead.


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