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14th September, 2019
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Sadio Mane struck twice as Liverpool maintained their 100 per cent EPL start with a 3-1 win over Newcastle, while Tottenham thrashed Crystal Palace 4-0, and Manchester City slipped to a shocking 3-2 defeat at Norwich.

Liverpool rebounded from an early setback to beat Newcastle United 3-1 on Saturday and maintain their perfect English Premier League record.

Sadio Mane’s first-half brace cancelled out Jetro Willem’s seventh-minute strike and Mo Salah added the clincher as Liverpool made it five wins from five.

“We knew we were just going to have to break them down,” defender Virgil van Dijk told BT Sport.

“To go 1-0 down was not good but we reacted the right way.”

Winless in their last 23 league visits to Anfield, Newcastle took a shock lead when Willems sent a shot into the top right corner.

Liverpool equalised through Mane, who then put them in front by tapping into the empty net before Salah slotted past Martin Dubravka in the 72nd minute to wrap-up a 14th straight league win overall and leaves them unbeaten in their last 43 in the league at Anfield.

Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk.

(Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

Tottenham returned to winning ways with a resounding 4-0 victory at home to Crystal Palace.

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Son Heung-min opened his account for the season in the 11th minute, collecting Toby Alderweireld’s long ball and firing into the bottom corner.

Spurs doubled their lead courtesy of Patrick van Aanholt’s own goal after 21 minutes and, just 100 seconds later, Son volleyed home a glorious third from Serge Aurier’s cross before Erik Lamela got in on the act before the break.

Spurs move up to third, level on points with fourth-placed Manchester United who beat Leicester 1-0 at Old Trafford.

The hosts won a penalty in the seventh minute when Caglar Soyuncu brought down Marcus Rashford and the United forward sent Kasper Schmeichel the wrong way from the spot.

Rashford also struck the woodwork in the second half while Harry Maguire kept a clean sheet against his former side.

Tammy Abraham continued his fine form with a hat-trick in Chelsea’s 5-2 win at Wolves.

The Blues opened the scoring in the 31st minute through an unlikely source when centre-back Fikayo Tomori fired in a stunning curling effort from 25 yards.

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Abraham then made it 2-0 three minutes later with a clever shot on the turn before notching his second of the day with a 40th-minute header and then made it seven goals in his last three games with a composed finish after half-time.

Abraham was also credited with an own goal in the 70th minute and Patrick Cutrone pulled another goal back for Wolves with five minutes left. Mason Mount had the final say for the Blues, though, with a curling effort in added time.

Jeff Hendrick stepped off the bench to equalise late on as Burnley picked up a 1-1 draw away at Brighton, for whom Socceroos Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy were thrown back into action after Australia’s midweek international win over Kuwait.

Neal Maupay broke the deadlock in the 51st minute when he volleyed home Solly March’s cross from 12 yards. The Clarets refused to lie down, though, and Hendrick – on as a 59th-minute substitute – rifled in from 25 yards in the 91st minute to earn a share of the spoils.

Elsewhere, Moussa Djenepo scored the only goal as Southampton beat Sheffield United 1-0 at Bramall Lane. Billy Sharp was then sent off for United with five minutes remaining on a frustrating afternoon for the hosts.

And in the late kickoff, Liverpool’s title rivals Man City slipped to a stunning 3-2 defeat at Norwich. That result opens a five-point gap for the Reds at the top of the EPL table after only five games.

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