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Liverpool close in on Man Utd

Published:Monday | February 12, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah (11) scores against Southampton during their English Premier League match at St Mary’s Stadium in Southampton, England yesterday.

Another stumble at St James' Park for Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho. Another goal in an extraordinary season for Liverpool sensation Mohamed Salah.

With a surprising 1-0 loss to Newcastle yesterday, United ceded some of the initiative in the race for second place in the English Premier League (EPL) and left its manager cursing the "gods of football" on his latest fruitless trip to the northeast.

That is seven league games without a win for Mourinho at Newcastle, six of which came as Chelsea coach.

Worse was to follow for Mourinho, with Liverpool winning 2-0 at Southampton to trim the gap to second-placed United to two points with 11 games left.

Salah was again the star turn, setting up strike partner Roberto Firmino before scoring himself to make it 22 goals in his debut season for Liverpool. One goal behind Tottenham's Harry Kane, Salah could yet head to his first World Cup with Egypt as the EPL's top scorer.

It looks like being a four-way battle for the three UEFA Champions League qualification places behind champion-elect Manchester City, which retained its 16-point lead thanks to United's slip-up.

Tottenham is two points behind Liverpool in fourth place and Chelsea is two points further back in fifth, with its game in hand against West Bromwich Albion today.

In the other game yesterday, Huddersfield collected its first league win in nearly two months by beating Bournemouth 4-1 to climb out of the relegation zone.