Mane strikes twice to sink Spurs at Anfield

Two early goals in quick succession from Sadio Mané were enough for Liverpool to claim a 2-0 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Saturday.

  • Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0
  • Mané with an early double
  • Reds into top four

Match Summary

The Reds came flying out of the gates from the first whistle, and were two goals to the good in the first 20 minutes thanks to a ruthless brace from Senegal international Sadio Mané.

While the first half was full of free-flowing, attacking football, the second period was an edgy affair, with both sides battling hard in midfield for every ball, picking up yellow cards, and getting stuck into each other.

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Full Report

The Reds seemed to draw energy from the buoyant atmosphere at Anfield and starting the match with intent, putting Spurs under pressure in the early stages, but without really testing Hugo Lloris in goal.

The 13th minute almost saw Liverpool's pressure pay off when space opened up for the Reds to carry the ball into the Spurs half. It was played wide to Philippe Coutinho on the left flank, but Toby Alderweireld was able to get in the block as the Brazilian cut into their box.

Liverpool opened the scoring in just the 17th minute when Georginio Wijnaldum picked out the run of Sadio Mané with a peach of a pass, and the Senegal international did the rest with a cool finish.

Mané had his second soon afterwards in the 20th minute, and was involved from the start when he stole the  ball off Ben Davies, driving into the box before squaring it to Adam Lallana for the first time shot. Lloris parried away with his palms, but it fell nicely for Mané to finish it off on the volley.

The former Southampton man almost had his third in the 21st minute with a blistering shot from the right flank that Lloris had to push wide, and forced the Frenchman into another save when he found space and time near the corner of the Spurs box.

Spurs contributed little down the other end except for Christian Eriksen's speculative volley that was well over the crossbar, but should have pulled one back when Son Heung-min was played into the box by Davies, but Simon Mignolet came out and made the block.

The second half saw fewer chances, but two of them came in close succession in the 71st and 74th minutes, with Joel Matip getting a head to James Milner's free kick but heading straight at Lloris, before Lallana teed up Coutinho for a strike that was wide.