The ‘other’ race is on – Mane & Salah fighting it out for Golden Boot

The Liverpool duo both scored twice as Huddersfield were battered 5-0 at Anfield on Friday evening

It’s not just the title race which is going down to the wire.

The battle for the Premier League Golden Boot is hotting up too. And as with the big prize, Liverpool are looking to land it.

Naby Keita’s goal, timed at just 15 seconds, set Jurgen Klopp’s side on their way. After that, it was down to the familiar faces to have their fun.

Sadio Mane headed home a second midway through the half, a goal which took him level with Mohamed Salah, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Sergio Aguero at the top of the Premier League scoring charts.

Not to be outdone, Salah got in on the act before half-time, his assured lob taking him to 20 in the league for the second campaign in a row. Not since Luis Suarez in 2014 has a Liverpool player managed that particular feat.

Liverpool had two players on 20 or more that season, and they can boast the same this time around too as Mane headed home his second of the night from a Jordan Henderson cross on 66 minutes. He should have had another soon after, too, only this time he headed against the post from close range.

That could prove costly in the race for the Golden Boot, as Salah regained top spot soon after, converting another Andy Robertson assist in front of the Kop. The Scot now has 11 league assists for the season, tying a Premier League record for a defender. If there’s a better left back around right now, he’s well hidden.