[VIDEO] Sadio Mane On Fire As Liverpool Defeats Tottenham 2-0 | Goals & Highlights

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Sadio Mane was the hero as Liverpool recorded their first Premier League win of 2017 with a 2-0 victory over a Tottenham side whose title ambitions were left floundering.

Jurgen Klopp’s side badly missed Mane when he left for Africa Cup of Nations duty and the Senegal international struck twice in three first-half minutes to stir the Reds from their torpor at Anfield.

Until Saturday, the only win Liverpool – now nine unbeaten against Spurs in the top flight – had managed this year was in an FA Cup replay against fourth-tier Plymouth Argyle, with defeats to strugglers Swansea City and Hull City along the way.

It is a run that has almost certainly scuppered their dreams of competing with Chelsea for top spot, but they brought Spurs’ own bid down in flames with a stunning display.

Klopp’s side were positive from the outset and it took some desperate defending from Tottenham to thwart the hosts when Philippe Coutinho looked for the bottom-right corner deep inside the box.

But the Reds made their dominance count when Mane grabbed a quickfire double, showing a cool head to lift the opener over Lloris despite being off balance having eluded Davies.

Just 138 seconds later, Mane finished off a goalmouth scramble after Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino had been denied.

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