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2018/2019 English Premier League
  • Sadio ManĂ© (24')
  • Georginio Wijnaldum (34')
  • Mohamed Salah (48')

Liverpool back in top spot as Mane, Wijnaldum, Salah down Bournemouth

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Liverpool 3-0 Bournemouth: Reds back on top (1:19)

Liverpool bounced back from their recent dip in form with a comfortable 3-0 win over Bournemouth, at Anfield. (1:19)

Liverpool strolled to a comfortable 3-0 victory over Bournemouth which saw them return to the top of the Premier League and open up a three-point lead over Manchester City.

Jurgen Klopp's men came into this match off top spot for the first time since December as they dropped to second on goal difference following City's 2-0 victory at Everton on Thursday.

But goals from Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum and Mohamed Salah saw Liverpool ease past the Cherries and overtake their title rivals.

After withstanding some early pressure from the visitors which saw the Anfield crowd become restless, Liverpool took the lead on 24 minutes as Mane scored for a fourth consecutive match.

The Senegal international headed home at the near post following a James Milner cross after Bournemouth had failed to clear a corner.

Salah went close to making it 2-0 moments later, before the second goal eventually came on 34 minutes as Wijnaldum ran onto Andrew Robertson's long pass to excellently lob a bouncing ball over goalkeeper Artur Boruc.

Last season's top scorer did get himself a goal three minutes after half-time as he latched onto Roberto Firmino's flick following a pass from Naby Keita and finished low into the net to wrap up the points.

Bournemouth, who were without main striker Callum Wilson, offered little in reply and will be concerned at once again losing heavily away from home against one of the Premier League's big six.

As well as moving ahead of City, this result saw Liverpool close the gap in terms of goal difference, with Klopp's men now just four worse off. Bournemouth, meanwhile, remain in 10th place.

English Premier League Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Manchester City 38 +72 98
2 Liverpool 38 +67 97
3 Chelsea 38 +24 72
4 Tottenham Hotspur 38 +28 71
5 Arsenal 38 +22 70
6 Manchester United 38 +11 66
7 Wolverhampton Wanderers 38 +1 57
8 Everton 38 +8 54
9 Leicester City 38 +3 52
10 West Ham United 38 -3 52
11 Watford 38 -7 50
12 Crystal Palace 38 -2 49
13 Newcastle United 38 -6 45
14 AFC Bournemouth 38 -14 45
15 Burnley 38 -23 40
16 Southampton 38 -20 39
17 Brighton & Hove Albion 38 -25 36
18 Cardiff City 38 -35 34
19 Fulham 38 -47 26
20 Huddersfield Town 38 -54 16