Week 25: Mane inspires Liverpool to victory over Tottenham, Swansea pile the pressure on Leicester

Liverpool recorded their first Premier League win of 2017 as Jurgen Klopp’s side secured a first win in six league games, with Sadio Mane grabbing both goals in a 2-0 win over Tottenham.

Mane – who made his first start for Liverpool since returning from African Cup of Nations duty with Senegal – opened the scoring on 16 minutes, as he struck a calm right-footed effort from Giorgino Wijnaldum’s through ball.

Sadio Mane scored twice in Liverpool's win over Tottenham image: skysports.com

Sadio Mane scored twice in Liverpool’s win over Tottenham
image: skysports.com

Just over two minutes later Mane struck his 11th goal of the season to wrap up the points for the Reds, when he blasted into the roof of the net after Hugo Lloris denied strikes from Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino.

That slip up by Spurs allowed Man City to leap-frog Mauricio Pochettino’s side into second place, as Pep Guardiola’s side made it three wins on the spin with a 2-0 win at Bournemouth.

Raheem Sterling had a simple tap in from close range to put the visitors in front on the half hour mark after defender Steve Cook deflected Leroy Sane’s cross into the path of the former Liverpool winger.

Sergio Aguero came on for the injured Gabriel Jesus and pressured Tyrone Mings to divert the ball into his own net for Man City’s second goal on 69 minutes to move within eight points off leaders Chelsea.

Top of the table Chelsea were denied the chance to extend that lead, as Burnley’s record signing Robbie Brady helped Burnley hold Antonio Conte’s side to a 1-1 draw at Turf Moor.

Pedro fired the Blues in front after seven minutes as rolled the ball past Tom Heaton after good work by Victor Moses, but a stunning 24th minute free kick from Irish winger Brady helped the Clarets to snatch a point off the title favourites.

Arsenal rode their luck to record their first win in three league games as Alexis Sanchez moved onto 17 league goals this season by grabbing a brace in a 2-0 win over ten-man Hull.

Sanchez opened the scoring on 34 minutes as he bundled home despite the ball going in off his hand but there was no controversy about his second from the penalty spot in injury time, after Sam Clucas was sent off from handling a goalscoring opportunity.

Man United continued to keep the pressure on the top four, as Jose Mourinho’s side recorded back-to-back wins to extend their unbeaten run to 16 league games with a 2-0 win over Watford.

Juan Mata opened the scoring just after the half-hour mark side-footing the ball home from an Anthony Martial cross and the Frenchman went from provider to goalscorer to double United’s lead on 60 minutes with a composed finish beating Heurelho Gomes’ at his near post.

Down the other end of the table, Swansea move up to 15th place as Paul Clement’s side piled the misery on champions Leicester, leaving them just a point off the relegation places.

Alfie Mawson’s second goal in two games put the hosts in front on 36 minutes as he volleyed home from Federico Fernandez’s header and Martin Olsson made sure of the win before half-time with a powerful left-footed strike in at the near post.

Sunderland picked a massive three points over fellow strugglers Crystal Palace last weekend but all their hard work was undone by Southampton, who thumped the Black Cats 4-0 on Wearside.

Record signing Manolo Gabbiadini broke the deadlock on the half hour mark by bundling home from Ryan Bertrand’s cross and grabbed his second just before half-time with a calm low strike from inside the box.

Shane Long was denied on 89 minutes when his tap in deflected in off Jason Denayer, but the Republic of Ireland striker did get his goal in injury time as he struck the ball into the bottom corner from close range.

Elsewhere, Joe Allen scored the only goal as Stoke piled the pressure on Sam Allardyce with a 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, while Middlesbrough are just two points off the bottom three after a scoreless draw against Everton.

Janaury signing Martin Olsson grabed his first Swans goal in the win over Leicester image: dailymail.co.uk

New signing Martin Olsson grabbed his first Swans goal in the win over Leicester
image: dailymail.co.uk

Saturday 11 Feb

Arsenal 2-0 Hull (Sanchez 34, pen 90 | Clucas s/o 90)
Man United 2-0 Watford (Mata 32, Martial 60)
Middlesbrough 0-0 Everton
Stoke 1-0 Crystal Palace (Allen 67)
Sunderland 0-4 Southampton (Gabbiadini  30, 45, Denayer o/g 89, Long 90)
West Ham 2-2 West Brom (Feghouli 63, Lanzini 86 | Chadli 6, Evans 90)
Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham (Mane 16,18)

Sunday 12 Feb

Burnley 1-1 Chelsea (Brady 24 | Pedro 7)
Swansea 2-0 Leicester (Mawson 36 | Olsson 45)

Monday 13 Feb

Bournemouth 0-2 Man City (Sterling 29, Mings o/g 69)

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