Liverpool beat Tottenham to finally kick-start their year as Sadio Mane netted both goals in a 2-0 victory at Anfield on Saturday (11/02/17).
An inspired Mane netted twice in three first-half minutes (16th and 18th minutes) as Jurgen Klopp’s team claimed a first and crucial league win of 2017 at the sixth attempt and ended Spurs’ nine-game unbeaten run.
Spurs could have cut leaders’ Chelsea’s lead to six points ahead of their trip to Burnley on Sunday (12/02/17), but they were swept aside before halftime by a vibrant Liverpool side who had failed to win in the league in 2017, as per Reuters.
Tottenham remain second on the League table, but they are now level on points with Arsenal after Alexis Sanchez scored twice in a controversial match against Hull City at the Emirates Stadium.
Sanchez scored with his hand in the 34th minute and netted a stoppage-time penalty after Sam Clucas had been sent off for handball to take his tally for the campaign to 17 goals.
Liverpool cruised back into the top four, above Manchester City, who visit Bournemouth on Monday, and Manchester United, who briefly climbed above them after beating Watford 2-0.
Liverpool manager Klopp was quick to praise his players saying that they had to make a statement after a series of recent defeats.
“It was how we have to play against Tottenham. We had to show a reaction and it was perfect. It was an outstanding performance offensively in the first half, and defensively in the second half.
“We could have scored again. It was difficult to defend against us in the first half, we had four or five players in the area, it was like the early part of the season,” said Klopp.
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino expressed his frustration indicating that his team was sloppy and unable to cope with the pressure at Anfield.
“We started the game very sloppy. It is difficult to understand, I am very disappointed in our first-half display. Second half we reached their level but it is really late.
“We are in a position that is up to us. But if you show like today that you cannot cope with the pressure to play to win the league than it is difficult to challenge and fight for the Premier League. In the first 45 minutes you saw a team that is not ready to fight for the Premier League,” Pochettino lamented.
Spurs have won just twice since 24 September, including defeats at Chelsea and Manchester United in addition to draws at Arsenal and Manchester City.