By Scott Mason – @ScottMason00
Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League in dramatic fashion as they scored a last gasp winner to beat Spurs 2-1 at Anfield.
The Reds had opened up the scoring in the 15th minute after Roberto Firmino headed in Andy Robertson’s cross. The No.9’s opener was later cancelled out by fellow Brazilian Lucas Moura who scored after being left free in the six-yard box.
It was looking likely that both sides would share the points at Anfield until a big moment in the final third saw Mohamed Salah’s header in the 90th minute force a Spurs own goal – one that kept Liverpool’s title hopes alive.
However, it wasn’t just the attack that produced big moments in the game. Virgil van Dijk’s defensive display was one of his best in the Liverpool strip, and that’s saying something.
His first decisive action came in the 33rd minute as Harry Kane found himself behind the Liverpool back four – The Dutchman quickly recovered and found himself in front of the Spurs striker where the Dutchman blocked his shot.
His biggest contribution arrived in the 84th minute when the centre back was left in a 2v1 situation against Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-min.
The defender’s quick thinking to block the pass to the Korean and instead force the ball-carrying midfielder onto his weaker left foot proved decisive in preventing Spurs from taking the lead late on.
Virgil proved his aerial dominance once again as he didn’t lose a single aerial battle. His distribution was also on show as he had the highest pass accuracy of any other Liverpool player at 88.5%.
The £75m defender keeps on proving his worth and is now looking like a bargain. If Jurgen Klopp’s side is to go on and win the league, they will need to produce more decisive performances like that of van Dijk versus Tottenham.