James Nalton 11 February 2017
Liverpool secured a vital win against top four rivals Spurs in a game which included a number of impressive individual performances in red.
Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham
Premier League, Anfield
February 11, 2017
Goals: Mane 16’, 19′
Mane on fire
If there were questions as to whether Sadio Mane’s African Cup of Nations disappointment would affect his club form, then his performance here provided the answers.
He scored both goals inside two minutes of each other – his 10th and 11th of the season – and was a general menace to the opposition defence throughout the game
The Senegalese attacker regularly found himself playing as the main striker, drifting in from the wing to take the space vacated by Firmino.
It was a return of the fluid system which had worked so well earlier in the season, and it was encouraging to see it back in full flow.
Mane was full of pace and invention, with a backheel to Coutinho down the left channel almost brought his side another goal.
For a ten-minute spell in the first half Spurs’ keeper Hugo Lloris must have thought the players in front of him had given up, as Mane searched for his hat-trick and shots rained down on the Frenchman’s goal.
He didn’t manage to get his hat-trick and was replaced by Trent Alexander in injury time, but he contributed massively to the win.