Arsenal 4-0 Newcastle United

Arsenal put on a fantastic attacking display when they hosted Newcastle United in Sunday night's Premier League action.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Nicolas Pepe, Mesut Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette were all on target after the break as the hosts secured what was ultimately a convincing win in North London to end a run of four successive draws in the Premier League.

The Magpies had the best chance in what was a fairly tame first half as Joelinton fired wide when well placed after quarter-of-an-hour, while Shkodran Mustafi came close from a corner as the interval approached.

Arsenal started the second half with more purpose and Newcastle were handed an early warning when Eddie Nketiah clipped the crossbar.

Aubameyang then headed home the opener nine minutes after the restart after Pepe picked him out with a delicious in-swinging cross from the right flank.

Pepe doubled their advantage three minutes later as he slotted home from close range following some trickery from Bakary Saka.

The 18-year-old bamboozled Newcastle defender Valentino Lazaro, slotting the ball through the legsof the man on-loan from Inter Milan before racing into space and picking out Pepe.

The visitors tried to respond and came close to reducing the deficit with 15 minutes of normal time remaining but Allan Saint-Maximin was denied by the woodwork.

Ozil poked in a third late on to end any hope of a comeback from Newcastle after good work from substitute Lacazette.

There was still time for the Frenchman to get on the score sheet himself as Joe Willock and Pepe combined to set up Lacazette, who rather fortuitously miscued a first-time right-footed effort of his left foot then into the top corner with virtually the last kick of the game.

Aston Villa 2-3 Tottenham Hotspur

Tottenham Hotspur boosted their top-four hopes as Son Heung-min scored a dramatic last-gasp winner in a 3-2 victory at Aston Villa.

The hosts were without Tyrone Mings as he was suffering with tonsillitis, while Marvelous Nakamba dropped to the bench, with Bjorn Engels and Danny Drinkwater their replacements.

Spurs also made two alterations to the side which started the 2-0 win over Manchester City, with Ben Davies and Eric Dier preferred to Giovani Lo Celso and Japhet Tanganga.

The hosts started brightly and hit the front with nine minutes on the clock. Anwar El Ghazi whipped in a cross from the right flank and, rather than making the clearance, Toby Alderweireld only succeeded in turning the ball past Hugo Lloris and into his own net.

Jack Grealish caused problems soon after and Spurs were rescued when Davies deflected a Douglas Luiz effort over the crossbar and away for a corner.

Mbwana Samatta was unable to direct his header on target as he met another El Ghazi cross, before the visitors equalised on 27 minutes, with their first shot on target.

It was defender Alderweireld who made amends for his earlier mistake by powering a shot past Villa keeper Pepe Reina after the hosts had been unable to clear a corner.

Shortly before half-time Dele Alli failed to make the most of good work down the left by Davies, with Steve Bergwijn also seeing a follow-up effort blocked.

Spurs were then awarded a penalty following a VAR check for a challenge by Engels on Bergwijn, with Son scoring from the rebound after Reina had saved the initial spot-kick.

Early in the second half El Ghazi fired a shot straight at Lloris, with Spurs having already failed to make the most of two decent attacking positions.

Eight minutes into the second period it was 2-2 as Grealish swung over a corner from the left side and the unmarked Engels arrived to plant a header into the back of the net.

Reina saved efforts from both Bergwijn and Son as the game continued to switch from end to end, with both sides making changes to try and gain the upper hand.

Alli was denied by the impressive Reina as the game entered its final 20 minutes, while Villa also continued to press without being able to forge a clear opening.

Son forced two more saves from the ever-alert Reina before striking the decisive blow in stoppage time, taking advantage of an Engels error to fire a cool finish past the Spanish keeper.

Spurs have climbed to fifth on the back of the win, just a point behind fourth-placed Chelsea – who host Manchester United on Monday – while Villa stay in 17th, one point above the relegation zone.

Black Leopards 0-1 Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates moved up to second in the Premiership table after an own goal in stoppage handed them a 1-0 win over Black Leopards at the Thohoyandou Stadium on Sunday.

The loss will be a blow to the home team who held out gamely until Thabiso Mokwena put the ball into his own net in the first minute of added time.

The Buccaneers started the match looking to take the game to their hosts and created the first chance when in-form striker Gabadinho Mhango scuffed his shot wide from point-blank range.

Lidoda Duvha then should have taken lead after Thabo Matlaba was sent clean through on goal but the former Pirates defender shot over the bar of goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands.

Barely a minute later it was the Pirates shot-stopper who produced a magnificent save to keep out a header from Edwin Gyimah, who was another player form the hosts playing against his former employers.

Luvuyo Memela then tried a stunning long-range effort for the Soweto giants but his shot went over the cross-bar as the teams went into the halftime break with the score still goalless.

Leopards came out firing after the interval and Sandilands again had to be at his best to keep out a Mwape Musonda effort after good work by Matlaba.

The visitors upped the tempo with 20 minutes remaining and it nearly paid off as Vincent Pule and Thembinkosi Lorch both hit the woodwork.

Pirates were certainly throwing everything at the home as the clocked towards the end and the pressure finally told as Mokwena flicked the ball into his own net from a Pule cross.

The victory moves the Buccaneers one point ahead of third-placed Mamelodi Sundowns in the table but still six adrift of log-leaders and Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs.

Polokwane City 3-2 Cape Town City

Cape Town City's recent return to form was halted by a determined Polokwane City, who ran out 3-2 winners in their Premiership encounter at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Citizens came into the match on a three-match unbeaten run, having seemed to have finally started turning their season around under new manager Jan Olde Riekerink.

Rise and Shine began the fixture rooted to the bottom of the Premiership standings and desperate for three points. Their desperation was evident as they began the game very well and quickly had the visitors under pressure.

Jabu Maluleke had the first chance of the game in the seventh minute but pulled it inches wide of the post. The hosts were back a minute later but Puleng Tlolane was denied by the post.

However, it did not take long for them to open the scoring and Walter Musona put into a deserved 1-0 lead in the 10th minute with a well-timed finish.

It took just nine minutes for the visitors respond, though, as Edmilson Dove rose above the Polokwane defence to power a header past Mwenya Chibwe in the 19th minute.

Thabo Nodada nearly put the away side ahead three minutes later but his powerful strike was denied by an expert finger-tip save by Chibwe.

The frenetic action continued and Polokwane City restored their lead in the 28th minute. Eden Nene got on the end of a Salulani Phiri cross and turned it in to make it 2-1.

The sides continued to trade chances for the remainder of the first half, but the Citizens were much the stronger of the two teams after the break.

They thought they should have had a penalty in the 49th minute but their protests were waved away by the referee. They maintained a period of sustained pressure for the better part of 25 minutes before they were finally back on level terms around the hour mark.

It was again through a good leap as Taariq Fielies got above the defence this time to head his side level.

Polokwane City would not be denied, though, and Puleng Tlolane put them ahead for the third and final time in the 73rd minute.

The Citizens tried to fight back but any chances they had of getting a third equaliser disappeared in the 88th minute when Ioannis Potouridis was sent off for picking up his second yellow card.

Strakosha reportedly set for new Lazio deal

Goalkeeper Thomas Strakosha may have earned himself a new long-term contract at Lazio after producing a string of impressive performances.

Albania international Strakosha joined Lazio's youth ranks back in 2012 and he has been the club’s number one from the 2017/18 campaign onwards, making 91 Serie A appearances since the start of that season.

The 24-year-old has been particularly impressive this term, keeping eight clean sheets to sit joint-top in the division's charts alongside Hellas Verona's Marco Silvestri and AC Milan's Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Interest in the keeper is said to be high ahead of the summer transfer window with several top European clubs rumoured to be readying offers, and the Italian outfit are eager to fend off any potential suitors.

The Biancocelesti are reportedly looking to enter negotiations with Strakosha and his representatives over extending his current stay at the Stadio Olimpico, which runs until the summer of 2022.

With Lazio in contention for Serie A glory this season and on course to qualify for the Champions League next term, persuading the shot-stopper to pen fresh terms doesn't look like it will take too much.

Strakosha is expected to make his 24th league appearance of the campaign on Sunday when Lazio, who are on an 18-game unbeaten run in Serie A, play host to table-toppers Inter Milan in a crucial clash.

A win for the home side would see them jump into first place if defending champion Juventus, who are playing at home to Brescia earlier, fail to pick up all three points.

Southampton duo set for spell on the sidelines

Southampton will need to deal with two fresh injuries in their squad with Nathan Redmond and Sofiane Boufal expected to be out of contention for a while.

Saints had an afternoon to forget at St Mary's on Saturday afternoon as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat against Burnley, but the news come from the treatment room wasn't great either.

Southampton boss Ralph Hasenhuttl had more bad news to report at full-time with Redmond set for a spell on the sidelines with a hamstring injury sustained in training on Thursday.

Not only that, but Boufal could join him on the treatment table too, after he was forced off in the first half against the Clarets with an with an ankle issue.

Hasenhuttl says they do not know the full extent of the damage to Redmond's hamstring injury, but best case scenario it looks like a month out, worst, two months out.

The news could not come at a much worse time as Saints bid to pull away from danger and with the transfer window closed they now have to rely on what they have.

"Hopefully not too bad (for Boufal). I don't know at the moment with his ankle," the Saints boss added after the game.

"We have two number 10s left and the two 10s they have now the chance to play and must show up. Everyone is always demanding to play and we have now two changes in the team and we must find a way back to the way we played before this game."

Earlier in the game, played in terrible conditions at St Mary's, Ashley Westwood's second-minute opener, directly from a corner, had given the Clarets the lead before it was cancelled out by ex-Burnley forward Danny Ings.

It was left to Burnley substitute Matej Vydra to wrap up the win for Sean Dyche's men with a sublime chest control and finish.

Zidane: Hazard should be ready to face City

Zinedine Zidane says Real Madrid star Eden Hazard is nearing full fitness ahead of their Champions League clash with Manchester City.

The 29-year-old has endured a tough start since swapping Chelsea for the Santiago Bernabeu during the summer transfer window.

A sluggish start with his efforts on the field, Hazard suffered a foot injury against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League back in November and has not played since.

However, Real are set to be boosted by the return of Hazard with the player back in training ahead of Sunday's encounter against Celta Vigo at the Bernabeu.

When asked about whether Hazard will be ready to face Manchester City in the Champions League on February 26, Zidane was upbeat about the prospect of the Belgian international being available.

"With him back we recover a great player and it's time for him to return to the squad. If he trains with his teammates that means he's fine, but it's been three months since he last played. He's ready to play with us," said Zidane.

Zidane, who has an uncertain future at Real beyond the current campaign, is adamant his side can't look too far ahead to the encounter with Pep Guardiola's side and the focus must be on Sunday league encounter with Celta Vigo.

"The most important game is always the next one. Now we have to play games where we have everything to play for, every single game will be tough but we're ready," Zidane added.

Harit: Schalke capable of cup upset

Schalke midfielder Amine Harit has talked up their chances of defeating Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal.

Schalke have enjoyed a positive campaign in the Bundesliga and victory over Mainz on Sunday could move them within a point of the top four if results elsewhere go in their favour.

Their fine form in the league has been accompanied by a run in the DFB-Pokal as they look to lift the domestic cup for the first time since 2010-11.

Harit has been key to their success on all fronts this season, scoring seven and assisting seven in 23 appearances, and he will need to be on the top of his game to down Bayern at the VELTINS-Arena on March 3.

Bayern won the DFB-Pokal for a record 19th time last term and will be formidable opponents for Schalke in the last eight.

However, Harit is refusing to accept defeat before a ball has been kicked and feels they have a fantastic opportunity to go all the way.

Harit told Schalke’s official website: “Everything is possible. Two years ago we lost in the semi-final to Frankfurt, then they beat Bayern in the final. We’ll see what happens – we have nothing to lose.”

Should Schalke manage to find a way past the Bavarian giants, they wouldn’t fear too many others still involved in the cup.

Bayer Leverkusen, who sit one place and two points better off in the Bundesliga, would likely be the biggest threat to their hopes although they need to find a way past Union Berlin to earn a semi-final spot.

Moreno: Slimani is a key player for Monaco

Monaco manager Roberto Moreno says striker Islam Slimani is a crucial player for the club after he netted the winner against Montpellier.

Slimani, on a season-long loan from Leicester City, scored the only goal of the game on 52 minutes to ensure the points stayed at Stade Louis II and the principality outfit moved up to fifth in the Ligue 1 standings.

The 31-year-old joined the Foxes in the summer of 2016 as Leicester looked to add quality to a squad that had just pulled off one of the biggest shocks in English football history to win the 2015-16 Premier League title.

However, things have not worked out at King Power Stadium, with the Algeria international hitman scoring 13 goals in 43 appearances in all competitions before being loaned to Newcastle United in January 2018.

A subsequent season-long switch to Fenerbahce saw him make just 15 league appearances and score one goal before the former Sporting ace found his feet in France.

He now has nine goals and seven assists from 15 Ligue 1 appearances and 12 starts, with Les Rouges et Blancs closing in on European football for next season.

Moreno was delighted with his performance on Friday but also made it clear it was the team's overall display that pleased him the most.

"Islam Silmani is an important player," he told RMC Spirt. "The figures are there, but I do not want to speak about a player individually because it is a collective game."

Slimani will next be in action when Monaco take on Dijon on February 22.

Solskjaer determined to close gap on Chelsea

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has urged his players to do their utmost to beat Chelsea and revitalise their top-four ambitions.

After claiming just one point from a possible nine, United have slipped to ninth in the table ahead of Monday's clash at Stamford Bridge.

But a win against Frank Lampard's side will move the Red Devils back to within three points of the fourth-placed Blues, with fifth potentially opening up another route to the Champions League following Manchester City's ban from European competition for the next two seasons.

Solskjaer, whose side beat Chelsea 4-0 at home on the opening day of the season, says three points on Monday night will give everyone a lift.

"A win gives us a three-point gap and, of course, that's what we've got to aim for," he said. "We've played them twice already this season and done well, but Chelsea are a good team. They are at home, but we're going to go there to try to win the game.

"We've got to, to give us more belief and more hope and give us confidence that we can kick on, because we need to kick on."

Following a disappointing 0-0 draw with Wolves before the winter break, United sit on 35 points after 25 matches, 38 behind runaway leaders Liverpool, and on course to score a lower tally than their previous worst of 64 in 2014.

But Solskjaer, whose position as United boss is under intense scrutiny, hopes his side's mid-season break to Marbella will allow them to kick on in the run-in.

Odion Ighalo could be handed a United debut following his surprise deadline-day loan switch from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua, though Solskjaer is keeping his cards close to his chest.

Fellow new boy Bruno Fernades is also in line for his second outing after impressing on debut.

Liverpool take lead in Werner battle

Liverpool look to be leading the race to land in-demand striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig but could still face competition for his signature.

Werner signed a new deal with Leipzig last summer through to 2023 but is widely expected to move on when the transfer window reopens at the end of the season.

German giants Bayern Munich have been heavily linked with the forward and Werner himself has previously admitted he could be tempted by a move to the Allianz Arena.

Premier League rivals Chelsea have also been credited with an interest but reports have now claimed Liverpool are in talks with Leipzig and are prepared to pay the Germany international's reported €58million release clause to sign the striker as soon as the summer transfer window opens.

Werner has also confirmed a move to the Premier League would appeal as he feels it would be "fun playing" in England's top flight.

The 23-year-old joined Leipzig from Stuttgart in 2016 and during his time with the Red Bulls has predominately been used as an out-and-out centre forward and the focal point of their attack.

However, under Julien Nagelsmann this season, he has operated in a slightly deeper role and that may well be where Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp sees him fitting into his side going forward.

Werner hasn't scored in his last five games for Leipzig but has been in fine form this season regardless.

The hitman has 20 goals in 22 Bundesliga outings and has also managed three goals in six Champions League games, while he has 11 goals in 29 appearances in total for Germany since his debut in 2017.

Both Bayer and Chelsea may opt to launch rival moves if it becomes clear Werner is heading for a summer move, but for now it seems as if Liverpool are the favourites to get a deal over the line for the Leipzig star.

Khenyeza quits Usuthu to take up head coach role at TS Galaxy

Mabhuti Khenyeza has quit his role as assistant coach of Amazulu to take up the head coach post at first division side TS Galaxy.

Galaxy are the current holders of the Nedbank Cup after a shock victory over Kaizer Chiefs in last season's final but have already been knocked out of the competition this campaign after a 3-0 loss to Chippa United.

The defeat to the Chilli Boys, coupled with a string of poor results in the league, saw Dan Malisela resign as head coach and Galaxy owner Tim Sukazi has confirmed that former Bafana striker Khenyeza has been roped in.

Khenyeza has signed a two-year contract and will start work at his club later this week.

Sukazi explained in an interview with Independent Media: "Yes, it is true that Khenyeza is now our head coach.

"We've given him two seasons. He will start working at the club on Tuesday.

"He is a young coach. Khenyeza is a student of the game. He has the energy that we need at TS Galaxy. He is very vibrant.

"TS Galaxy is a project. This is a national project and that will suit Khenyeza. It is easy to work with a young coach."

The 37-year-old Khenyeza only retired from playing last season and was recruited as an assistant coach by Muhsin Ertugral when the Turkish mentor was at Maritzburg United.

Khenyeza though parted company with the Team of Choice when Ertugral was sacked and the former Chiefs forward rejoined Usuthu on the technical staff under coach Cavin Johnson and then continued in the role with current mentor Jozef Vukusic.

Aston Villa will fight to keep Grealish says Smith

Dean Smith says Aston Villa and the club's owners will do all they can to keep hold of Jack Grealish in the summer.

Despite the closure of the January transfer window, it has not stopped the continual flood of speculation regarding a summer move for Grealish, with Manchester United apparently leading the chase.

United are desperate to bolster their midfield with attacking talent during the close season and Grealish, along with Leicester City's James Maddison, is said to be high on the wanted list of the Reds.

Some reports have claimed that United are making early moves to get a deal lined up and Grealish would relish the chance to head to Old Trafford.

While it is almost inevitable the 24-year-old will leave if Villa are relegated, should the club retain their Premier League status, then the onus will be on co-owners Wes Edens and Nassef Sawiris to convince the midfielder to stay, and not to have his head turned.

When quizzed about the player's future, Smith could offer no guarantees, but is convinced everything will be done to keep hold of Grealish.

"If you want to be a successful team you have to keep your best players, and they will be working very hard to ensure our best players stay at this football club," he said. "That's probably the best answer I can give the fans."

It is thought United will be willing to offer in the region of £60million to get a deal done, but Villa should be in a position to knock back all offers if they beat the drop.

It could all depend on how much Grealish wants to move to a club like United, and whether Villa would be willing to grant him his wish or stand in his way.

Grealish will again aim to be Villa's inspiration when they face Jose Mourinho's Tottenham at Villa Park on Sunday, with Smith's side in relegation trouble and in desperate need of a positive result.

Injury-plagued Pastore heading for Roma exit

Roma are reportedly looking to terminate midfielder Javier Pastore's contract at the end of the season due to his persistent injury problems.

Pastore joined Roma in the summer of 2018 on a five-year deal after Paris Saint-Germain reportedly accepted a bid of €24.7million.

The Argentinian had fallen down the pecking order at PSG and was hoping to reignite his career back in Serie A with Roma.

However, injuries have majorly restricted his game-time at the Stadio Olimpico and he turned out just 14 times in the league in 2018-19.

Those issues have persisted in 2019-20, starting just four times, and reports suggest he may not feature again for the Giallorossi.

He returned from a two-month absence to make a cameo appearance in Roma's 1-1 draw with Lazio on January 26 although it's understood that outing has seen his hip problem flare up once again.

Reports claim he will go for further tests next week to ascertain how long he may be sidelined although the early prognosis is it could be another two-month lay-off.

The report states Roma have lost patience with the former Palermo forward and are looking to terminate his deal at the end of the campaign.

It's an understandable call considering Pastore is a huge drain on Roma's finances after being handed a €13million salary when he made the switch from PSG.

Mapeza: Red card made it difficult against Sundowns

Chippa United head coach Norman Mapeza says his players did well against Mamelodi Sundowns despite losing 3-0 on Saturday.

The Chilli Boys conceded in the second minute but kept themselves within range to perhaps level matters later on.

However, United were reduced to 10 men in the 57th minute when Sandile Mthethwa was sent off, and conceded from the resulting spot kick.

Sundowns took advantage of their numerical superiority and netted their third via Sibusiso Vilakazi to secure all three points at Loftus Versfeld.

"It wasn't bad, you can tell the difference in quality but there were some other positives to take from the game, if you look at the few chances we created in the first-half, maybe we could have managed to get something out of it," Mapeza told SuperSport after the match.

"But you know it wasn't easy for the boys and after the red-card it got worse you know. To play a quality team like Sundowns with ten men it's always difficult."

Chippa are 12th in the Absa Premiership after the defeat and are only two points clear of the relegation zone.

Mapeza added: "We have to keep on working hard, if you look at our position, we're still in the woods, each and every week we try to work on those mistakes which we picked up during the games.

"We didn't defend well, we didn't have enough creativity in the final third, so those are the things we gonna back and try work on."

Arsenal manager Arteta pleased wth youngsters

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta insists he is pleased with the progress being made by some of the younger members of his squad.

The Gunners have struggled in the league this season and currently sit in 10th place having drawn their last four top-flight matches.

Bukayo Saka is one of the players who has impressed this season, but the 18-year-old is already in the final 18 months of his current contract.

Asked whether longer deals would be awarded to the likes of Saka, Arteta said: "I'm really happy how they are developing, part of that developing is to improve their contract and tie them to the club, but that has to follow a natural process.

"We have Raul (Sanllehi), we have Edu, Vinai (Venkatesham) and Huss (Fahmy) who are in charge of that and I'm sure we will do the right thing when players deserve improved contracts."

Arteta could call upon his youngsters again as his side host Newcastle on Sunday, as the club continue to be without new signings Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari.

The Gunners have also been without Kieran Tierney since December, but the manager said the 22-year-old was making good progress.

The left-back has not returned to contact training, due to the nature of his shoulder injury, but has impressed the boss with his attitude.

Arteta said: "He's making very good progress but we need to wait for the bone and the attachment with the tendon to heal before we can make contact.

"He's been training, his work ethic is incredible, I've been really impressed with him so hopefully we can get him soon but we need to be careful and a little bit patient with him as well."

Arsenal are level on points with the Magpies and go into the game with just one league win this year, over Manchester United on New Year's Day.

Asked whether Newcastle fans should be pleased with their manager this season, Arteta said: "I believe they are and what Steve (Bruce) has brought to the club has been really good.

"The performances and results compared to where they were last year and the expectation they had, I think they are above any expectation.

"I think he's put together a team with great spirit and he's a manager with a massive experience."

Barca could swap Vidal and Rakitic for Martinez

Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic could be joining Inter Milan as Barcelona try to sort out a deal to bring Lautaro Martinez to Camp Nou.

Barcelona are seeking a long-term successor to Luis Suarez and Martinez, who has been in fine form for Inter, has been on their radar for a while.

They are currently attempting to bring an attacker in on an emergency basis due to Ousmane Dembele's injury, but they are restricted to adding from another Spanish club due to La Liga protocols.

Reports suggest Barcelona will throw everything at Inter in the summer to try to snap up one of the brightest talents in European football.

Martinez has struck 11 times in 20 Serie A appearances for Inter this season and it's understood that compatriot Lionel Messi has urged Barcelona to make their move.

The Nerazzurri paid £18.8million for Martinez in the summer of 2018 and they shrewdly added a £92million release clause into his contract.

After missing out on a reunion with Neymar last summer, the Blaugrana are desperate to land a major target.

Reports in Italy claim Barcelona will offer Vidal and Rakitic, who have less than 18 months left on their contracts at the Nou Camp, in an attempt to sweeten the deal with the Italian giants.

Manchester United and Real Madrid have also been heavily linked with the Argentina international and Inter could use that interest to their advantage.

Klopp glad to see Mane back before Atletico clash

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says Sadio Mane's goal-scoring return to action came at just the right time as the Reds prepare for Atletico Madrid.

Senegal attacker Mane climbed off the bench to prod home the only goal of the game and seal Liverpool's 17th straight Premier League win in a scrappy affair at Carrow Road.

The wind and rain of Storm Dennis spoiled any chance of attractive football, and the Reds rode their luck en route to yet another league win.

Boss Klopp's men are now just one win away from matching Manchester City's Premier League record run of 18 consecutive victories.

The Reds will now make the trip to Atletico Madrid for Tuesday's Champions League last 16 first-leg clash, with Klopp tipping Mane to be ready to star again in Spain.

"It helps when you have such quality on the bench to bring on," said Klopp. "Yes Sadio could have started today of course but I want to have a free decision for Tuesday.

"You don't think they should play two games in such quick succession. The quality of the others is just too big that you have to push somebody through. It was perfect for Sadio to have a few minutes but it looked like he was ready, yes."

Liverpool flailed for fluency in a challenging first half as the conditions ruined the Carrow Road encounter.

Mane removed any frustrations though by plucking Henderson's lofted pass out of the air with a fine first touch, before poking past Tim Krul to kill the Canaries' stubborn resistance.

Mane had hobbled out of Liverpool's 2-1 win at Wolves on January 23, but was quickly back to his best in Norfolk on a stormy Saturday night.

Mere formalities remain before Liverpool seal their first top-flight title since 1990, but manager Klopp admitted his side had struggled against the elements in Norwich.

Greenwood eager to help United win trophies

Manchester United youngster Mason Greenwood is determined to claim some silverware with the club as he continues to grow in stature.

Greenwood is enjoying a breakthrough campaign at Old Trafford after graduating from the club's academy.

The 18-year-old has 10 goals in 31 games for United across all competitions despite largely being used as a substitute, with just two of his 20 Premier League outings so far coming as starts.

Greenwood is delighted to have established himself in the United first team and his next target is helping the club win some trophies.

"It's mind-blowing really," Greenwood told the club's official website. "Being in the Manchester United first-team dressing room and stepping out at Old Trafford.

"I can't explain it really. It's just amazing. You see me smile when I score. It's out of this world.

"I want to make my mark at the club and score as many goals as I possibly can. I want to win trophies at United, every young boy coming up from the academy does, so it would be amazing to get one of them soon."

United are still involved in the FA Cup and will take on Championship outfit Derby County in the fifth round where they will come up against former star Wayne Rooney.

The Manchester giants have a chance to secure some European silverware in the shape of the Europa League and will face Belgium's Club Brugge in the fifth round.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will also be hoping to secure a place in next season's Champions League and winning the Europa League would see them qualify for Europe's top tournament, while fifth place in the Premier League could be good enough this year as a result of Manchester City's two-year ban from European competition.

Mosimane: Sundowns 'cheated' against Chippa

Mamelodi Sundowns head coach Pitso Mosimane says his team cheated in the last 10 minutes against Chippa United on Saturday.

Masandawana secured a comfortable 3-0 win over the Chilli Boys, who were down to 10 men for the last 33 minutes following Sandile Mthethwa's red card, to move back up to second position in the Absa Premiership.

Despite the result, Mosimane wasn't best pleased with his team's performance and admitted he had to employ unorthodox tactics.

"And we were cheating all the time in the last 10 minutes," Mosimane told SuperSport TV.

"The ball fell on us when we were cheating, the final third, the pass, the control it fell to the player that I think has got the brains and he can do something, [Gaston] Sirino, but all what he did was miscontrol, miscontrol and miscontrol. It’s unbelievable. But I am not happy with the last 30 minutes."

Sundowns have a busy week ahead as they will take on Bloemfontein Celtic in the league on Wednesday before facing Vaal University in the Nedbank Cup on Saturday.

Mosimane has explained that the congested schedule is the reason why he substituted Themba Zwane, who wasn't happy to leave the field after scoring from the penalty spot just before the hour mark.

"That's why we took out Themba Zwane," Mosimane added.

"He was very angry at me because he says why take me out after I scored and I said it's not about you scoring but about the Wednesday's [game] against Bloemfontein Celtic and we have a game on Saturday.

"We have three games in six days. So we are monitoring him. He wants to play because he scored. But I had to do what I had to do and rest him."