Liverpool vs Chelsea: Mane, Salah score as Reds defeat the Blues 2-0

Liverpool vs Chelsea: Mane, Salah score as Reds defeat the Blues 2-0

- Liverpool vs Chelsea ended in a 2-0 defeat to the visitors as the Reds keep their title hopes alive

- Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both scored in the second half to give Liverpool all three points

- Liverpool move two points clear off Man City on the table despite City's 3-1 win at Crystal Palace

Liverpool vs Chelsea ended 2-0 in favour of Jurgen Klopp's men as they stay two-points clear at the top of the Premier League table.

The first real chance of the match fell to Mohamed Salah when he took a first-time volley from an Sadio Mane's cross which Kepa Arrizabalaga went to ground to catch easily.

In the 20th minute, Eden Hazard who was played as a false-nine, found his way into the Liverpool box as he twists and turns before hitting a low drive, but it did not trouble Alisson in goal.

Willian also had an opportunity wasted in the 30th minute as he made a solo run into the 18-yard area but could not direct his shot towards goal.

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Mane should have made it 1-0 in the 38th minute as Salah's cut-back a low cross from the left flank and the Senegalese had Arrizalaga beaten but not the post.

The first half ended with not much talking points as Chelsea had Antonio Rudiger carried off with a suspected knee injury and Ceasar Azpilicueta shown a yellow card.

Knowing full well that Manchester City had taken three points at Crystal Palace, Liverpool were put in the hot seat following a goalless first half.

Finally, six minutes after the restart, Liverpool scored the opener through Mane, courtesy of a beautiful cross from Jordan Henderson as he headed home to make it 1-0 to the Reds.

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And a minute later, Salah scored an absolute screamer as he unleashed a shot from his favourite left-foot, giving Arrizabalaga no chance in goal to make it 2-0 in the 53rd minute.

Hazard was unlucky not to have reduced the deficit on the hour mark, after Azpilicueta's long pass found him one-on-one with Alisson but his shot hit the upright.

The Belgian also pulled up a fine save from Alisson as he shot went straight into the Brazilian keeper's path who kept Liverpool's two-goal advantage intact.

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Klopp's men held on to record a hard-earned 2-0 win over their rivals and stay two points ahead of Manchester City who still have a game at hand.

Liverpool's next two games in the Premier League will be against Cardiff City and Huddersfield while City play Tottenham and Manchester United next.

It is four games left to play and the title race for the 2018-19 season will go down the wire for both City and Liverpool.

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