Salah & Mane combine at last as Liverpool leapfrog Spurs with Saints win


Salah & Mane break long overdue link-up duck as Liverpool leapfrog Spurs with Saints win

 

Liverpool got things back on track this evening, with a much-needed downing of Southampton on Merseyside.

Mane & Thiago on target

Jurgen Klopp’s men were of course back in Premier League action a short time ago.

The Reds welcomed Southampton to Anfield, for a crunch outing amid the club’s efforts to secure European football for next season.

Ahead of kick-off, Liverpool sat just outside the top-6, albeit aware that a victory would guide them clear of Tottenham (who fell to defeat at Leeds earlier today), whilst boasting a game in hand.

And, when all was said and done on Merseyside, secure all three points is precisely what the hosts managed.

An at times tense 90 minutes eventually saw two goals separate the sides upon the full-time whistle sounding.

Sadio Mane opened the evening’s scoring, sneaking in at the back post to nod Mohamed Salah’s pinpoint delivery beyond the clutches of the helpless Fraser Forster:

And Thiago Alcantara was next up, putting the result beyond any doubt with a fine late strike from the edge of the area, after being teed up by substitute Roberto Firmino:

Liverpool, in turn, have climbed into 6th in the Premier League table, just a point adrift of David Moyes’ high-flying West Ham in 5th.

Reds stars finally combine

On the back of the action coming to a close on Saturday, meanwhile, a remarkable statistic has since come to the fore, surrounding Liverpool’s two star attackers.

Mo Salah and Sadio Mane have of course endured altogether hit and miss campaigns to date, with the latter in particular having struggled for form over lengthy stretches.

The pair’s link-up play has also been called into question on a consistent basis, amid the suggestion that Salah too often looks for goal, despite Mane occupying more dangerous positions.

And such woes, in turn, have since been laid bare by a remarkable statistic.

As per the reliable OptaJoe, Salah teeing up Mane’s opener tonight marked the first time that the African pair have combined for a single goal in the Premier League this season:

 

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City FC 34 47 80
2 Manchester United FC 33 29 67
3 Leicester City FC 35 20 63
4 Chelsea FC 34 22 61
5 West Ham United FC 34 11 58
6 Tottenham Hotspur FC 35 20 56
7 Liverpool FC 33 16 54
8 Everton FC 33 3 52
9 Leeds United 35 0 50
10 Arsenal FC 34 9 49
11 Aston Villa FC 33 10 48
12 Wolverhampton Wanderers FC 34 -13 42
13 Crystal Palace FC 34 -20 41
14 Newcastle United FC 35 -18 39
15 Brighton & Hove Albion FC 34 -4 37
16 Southampton FC 33 -18 37
17 Burnley FC 34 -16 36
18 Fulham FC 34 -20 27
19 West Bromwich Albion 34 -34 26
20 Sheffield United FC 35 -44 17
Player Team Goals
Kane, Harry Tottenham Hotspur FC 21
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 20
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur FC 17
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United FC 16
Bamford, Patrick Leeds United 15
Calvert-Lewin, Dominic Everton FC 15
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City FC 13
Watkins, Ollie Aston Villa FC 13
Lacazette, Alexandre Arsenal FC 13
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United FC 12
Gundogan, Ilkay Manchester City FC 12
Wood, Chris Burnley FC 11
Iheanacho, Kelechi Leicester City FC 11
Rashford, Marcus Manchester United FC 10
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City FC 10
Ings, Danny Southampton FC 10
Aubameyang, Pierre-Emerick Arsenal FC 10
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace FC 10
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 9
Pereira, Matheus West Bromwich Albion 9





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