- Mane scores opener
- Crouch sees PK call unheeded
- Mignolet escapes red card
- Salah bags 2nd half brace
Liverpool moved into fifth place in the Premier League after a contentious 3-0 win over Stoke City at the bet365 Stadium on Wednesday.
Sadio Mane had it 1-0 at the half, and Mohamed Salah scored twice in the second half for the Reds, who move to 26 points.
Stoke drops to 16th, and sits just three points above the drop zone.
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The Reds went ahead through Mane, taking a pass from Dominic Solanke and chipping Lee Grant to make it 1-0.
Peter Crouch was lively, looking half his age in drawing several free kicks and even saw penalty shouts go unheeded after a hold up by Dejan Lovren.
And the home crowd was raging when Simon Mignolet chopped down Mame Biram Diouf in what could’ve been a red card but instead was yellow.
Solanke and Mane connected for a second chance, and the Senegalese sensation struck a shot off the bar in a bid for a brace.
The Reds were flirting with red on several occasions, including a series of testy exchanges involving Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. The ex-Arsenal man was cautioned by his manager and then removed from the match in the 67th minute.
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