Sadio Mané amongst those returning to form – and proving decisive once again

Sadio Mané was one of many Reds who turned it up a gear and returned to his best, as his side picked up an important three points in north London. SCOTT MASON reports.

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Liverpool found the back of the net for the first time in four Premier League matches with Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mané all scoring in the Red’s 3-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur.

It was a much-needed win at a crucial time for Jürgen Klopp’s side as Manchester United, Manchester City and Leicester City climbed above the champions amidst their woes in front of goal.


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Along with the return to winning ways, the game also saw Alexander-Arnold, Firmino and Mané seemingly put their recent struggles to bed as all three put on a superb showing.

It was Liverpool’s no.10 who was the most decisive player across the 90 minutes. The Senegal international was involved in all three of his sides goals with his involvements being instrumental to his team’s victory.

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His first assist came at the end of the first half when Henderson scooped an excellent ball over the London side’s midfield and defensive lines to find the run of Mané. The forward proceeded to take the ball down with his chest before finding Firmino at the back post who only needed to apply a subtle touch to give the Reds a deserved lead.

The former Southampton players second contribution came within minutes of the restart. The forward’s curled effort was pushed away by Hugo Lloris straight into the path of Alexander-Arnold, who volleyed the ball into the bottom left corner to give the Reds a cushion.

The 28-year-old later went on to seal the game with a finish of his own, when he got to the end of a long-range cross from the right-back and with his weaker left foot fired a powerful strike into the roof of the net.

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Sadio Mané is often Liverpool’s most potent attacker, constantly trying to beat defenders and set up chances for either himself or his fellow teammates. Throughout his 90 minutes the attacker took more shots than anyone else with a total of seven. His performance against Spurs was another example of the influence he can have on his side, especially when he’s at his very best.

Liverpool return to the capital on Sunday afternoon as the Premier League champions face an inform West Ham where hopefully Mané can be just as influential and deadly as he was on Thursday evening.


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