April 26, 2019 / 8:57 PM / in 24 days

Soccer-Salah and Mane send Liverpool top - for now

* Liverpool crushed Huddersfield 5-0 to return to the top

* Liverpool without injured Roberto Firmino

* Naby Keita scored after 14 seconds

* Sadio Mane headed in second in 23rd minute

* Mohamed Salah made it 3-0 on stroke of halftime

* Mane and Salah stuck again after break

* Liverpool at Newcastle next, Huddersfield host Manchester United LIVERPOOL 5 HUDDERSFIELD TOWN 0 April 26 (Reuters) - Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah both struck twice as Liverpool kept the pressure up on Premier League title rivals Manchester City with a 5-0 thrashing of relegated Huddersfield Town on Friday.

Liverpool moved to the summit on 91 points, two more than City, but Pep Guardiola’s side will regain top spot with a win at Burnley on Sunday.

It took 14 seconds for Liverpool to go in front with Huddersfield defender Jon Gorenc Stankovic giving the ball away to Salah just outside the box and the Egyptian fed Naby Keita who slotted home off the inside of the post.

Mane headed in the second in the 23rd minute, meeting a trademark Andy Robertson cross from the left after Virgil Van Dijk had started the move with a surge out from the back.

On the stroke of halftime, Salah put the game beyond Huddersfield when he latched on to a long pass forward from Trent Alexander-Arnold and knocked the ball past the advancing Jonas Lossl.

Mane scored his second and Liverpool’s fourth in the 66th minute, heading in a deep cross from Jordan Henderson and he went close to a hat-trick in the 78th minute when he headed a Xherdan Shaqiri cross against the post.

Salah made it 5-0 with a simple close-range tap-in from a low Robertson cross. Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain returned to action as a substitute, his first appearance since suffering a knee injury a year ago.

Reporting by Simon Evans, editing by Ed Osmond

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