Sadio Mane on Saturday scored twice in two first half minutes for Liverpool to see off top-four rivals Tottenham Hotspur in an English Premier League (EPL) fixture at Anfield.
The forward put the Reds ahead when he ran onto Georginio Wijnaldum’s pass, holding off Ben Davies before firing in.
He doubled the lead 138 seconds later, pouncing on a loose ball from close range after keeper Hugo Lloris denied Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino.
Second-placed Spurs rarely threatened in the Week 25 encounter as Liverpool moved within a point of Tottenham and Arsenal who are second and third respectively.
The visitors’ best chance fell to forward Son Heung-min, whose fierce angled shot was blocked by Reds keeper Simon Mignolet shortly after Mane’s second.
Spurs remain nine points behind leaders Chelsea ahead of the Blues’ trip to Burnley on Sunday.
Liverpool, who had not won in their five previous matches, move back up to fourth.
Results of other EPL matches played on Saturday saw Manchester United move one point adrift of a top-four place.
Anthony Martial marked his return with a goal and an assist on a 2-0 victory over Watford.
Also, Alexis Sanchez scored twice as title-chasing Arsenal beat relegation-threatened Hull 2-0 in controversial circumstances.
Everton extended their unbeaten EPL run to eight games but failed to score for the first time against a resolute Middlesbrough at the Riverside.
Gareth McAuley’s injury-time equaliser earned West Brom a dramatic 2-2 draw against West Ham at London Stadium.
Crystal Palace remained rooted in the EPL relegation zone after Joe Allen’s second-half winner lifted Stoke City into the top half.
The highest goal tally of the day saw Southampton stun Sunderland 4-0 at the Stadium of Light.
Manolo Gabbiadini scored twice in his second Southampton appearance as his side beat the hosts who missed the chance to move out of the relegation zone.