Sadio Mane strikes twice as Liverpool defeat Tottenham

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Unbeaten in their last nine league games, second-placed Tottenham Hotspur have emerged as the most likely contenders to halt Chelsea's charge but will have to defy the odds as their London rivals hold a nine-point lead at the top of the table.

The beneficiary of Liverpool's fierce pressing game in midfield, Mane scored goals on the transition in the 16th and 18th minutes as Spurs were blown away in the first half. "You have to go on", said the Holland worldwide after it emerged the players held a clear-the-air meeting last Thursday in an attempt to put things right again.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp makes one change to the side that started at Hull City last time out for the Premier League clash with second-place Tottenham today.

"I'm not sure if we [will be] there but we'll try everything to get as many points as we can get from the season and then we count and see what it was worth". We are in a position that is up to us.

"We finally started 2017 tonight so we shouldn't go nuts immediately and talk about the rest, let's take it step by step".

Mauricio Pochettino doesn't hide from his team's performance, and says the reality is that Liverpool were just better. "I love football but I have no problem with a few days when we can really train". It's hard to fight for the Premier League if you show that performance, that lack of aggression and desire to play for the win.

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"I know that it will come up before the Leicester game and everybody will ask, 'What will you do now against a counter-attacking team.deep defending?'".

"In the first half of the season we did show it against the small teams too but in December and January it wasn't a good month".

"And if we don't bring that level the same as the opponent or even better then it's hard".

The Ex-Liverpool defender acknowledged that Spurs do possess a great starting line-up that can compete with any team in the league, but they go into the shells for the big matches. We never coped with the tempo of the game.

"It's important to realise that you always need to compete in the Premier League and always give your best", said the Argentinian.

"For different reasons that we need to analyse, the team, collectively, didn't show".

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