Liverpool 5-0 Huddersfield: Reds run riot at Anfield to move above Manchester City at the top of the Premier League
Liverpool replaced Manchester City at the top of the Premier League table with a 5-0 demolition of Huddersfield Town.
Pep Guardiola’s side will play again on Sunday away to Burnley, but will surely have kept an eye on Friday evening’s game at Anfield.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back in the matchday squad for the first time in a year, there was a real sense of optimism on Merseyside.
And with City facing a tricky test away at Burnley after moving two points clear at the top, manager Jurgen Klopp can afford to relax somewhat before watching the action unfold at Turf Moor.
The Reds were fast out of the blocks and Naby Keita gave them the lead after just 16 seconds.
Keita pounced on a poor pass and won the ball, exchanging passes with Mohamed Salah before hitting a shot which went in off the inside of the post.
Sadio Mane extended Liverpool’s lead after 22 minutes when he headed home.
Andrew Robertson crossed from the left and Mane headed in to make it 2-0.
Salah made it 3-0 in first-half stoppage time when he latched on to a through ball from Trent Alexander-Arnold.
After cutting in from the wing, Salah outran his marker and flicked the ball over onrushing Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.
Mane got his second after 65 minutes and it was another header which made the score 4-0.
Jordan Henderson lofted a cross to the far post and Mane headed powerfully in.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain made his much-anticipated return as a replacement for Daniel Sturridge after 72 minutes.
Shortly after, Mane was denied a hat-trick when a third header came back off the post.
Salah scored his second with 82 minutes on the clock when he was on hand to supply a simple finish and make it 5-0 to Liverpool.
Robertson turned provider again when he squared the ball from the left and Salah was inside the six-yard box to side-foot the ball across the line.
As the final whistle blew, Klopp performed his usual post-match routine of fist-bumping to the crowd. The German will surely be hoping the next time the Reds play here in the league (on the last day against Wolves) he has the Premier League trophy.
PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE AND FIXTURES
Man City: Burnley (A), Leicester (H), Brighton (A)
Liverpool: Newcastle (A), Wolves (H)
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