Liverpool’s unbeaten run of 37 games has now been extended to 38 after Roberto Firmino’s first-half strike secured a 1-0 win away at Tottenham Hotspur. The Reds’ 38-game undefeated streak is now a new club record.
Jürgen Klopp’s team started the game of well and held the majority of possession in the first half. The second half the performance level went down but the Reds were still able to maintain their one-goal advantage.
Liverpool’s Brazilian forward Roberto Firmino — recently dubbed a genius by former Red Peter Crouch — was the pick of the bunch against José Mourinho’s side as he produced a performance that won him the man of the match award.
Firmino was excellent against the North London side — he caused problems for Spurs early on when his second minute shot hit the post and the Brazilian eventually got his goal in the 37th minute.
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The No.9 took it extremely well. Jordan Henderson’s header fell to the feet of the striker, who took a fantastic touch to take the ball away from Japhet Tanganga before firing past the helpless Paulo Gazzaniga.
The forward created the joint most chances for his team mates with a total of four. He also finished the game with a 87% passing accuracy. Firmino did his usual defensive duties and won two out of three attempted tackles.
His goal against Spurs was his seventh of the season and he will be looking to be on the score sheet more frequently. All seven of his Premier League goals have come away from home this season and the former Hoffenheim man will hope to net at Anfield in the near future to break his goal drought at home.
He will have the opportunity on Sunday, as Manchester United visit Anfield. A goal against one of Liverpool’s deadly rivals will only further endear Firmino to the already adoring supporters.