Liverpool stretched their unbeaten home run to 66 games in the Premier League and usurped their opponents to go top of the table after a late Roberto Firmino header buried Spurs Anfield.
Jürgen Klopp made just one change from the side which failed to impress at Craven Cottage at the weekend. Rhys Williams was handed his Premier League debut as he deputised for the injured Joël Matip, who missed the match with a back spasm.
Banners were placed and a minute’s applause rang out around Anfield before kick-off to honour the recent passing of treble-winning Reds boss Gérard Houllier.
The opening 10 minutes set the tone of the game as Spurs were organised in defence, allowing their hosts to knock the ball about around the edge of the area and keep possession.
Liverpool did manage to carve out the first real chance of the game after an Andrew Robertson free-kick found the head of the unmarked Firmino. The Brazilian did not get the contact he would have been hoping for but his effort still required the diving intervention of Hugo Lloris who scrambled across his goal and gratefully clutched the ball.
Liverpool continued to dominate the ball and push the Tottenham defensive line, eventually taking the lead through a deflected Salah effort.
A mazy dribble into the box by Curtis Jones saw Serge Aurier stick a leg out and dispossess the Liverpool youngster. Unfortunately for the right-back, his tackle only played the ball into the path of Salah who struck the ball goal bound first time and into the back of the net. Although deserved the go-ahead goal was somewhat fortunate after it cannoned off of Toby Alderweireld and looped over his World Cup-winning goalkeeper.
Liverpool’s confidence only boomed following the opening goal however, the lead didn’t last long as Son Heung-min equalised for the visitors in the 33rd minute.
Judged to be onside by mere millimetres, the South Korean was played through on goal but Giovanni Lo Celso and clinically dispatched the ball into the bottom corner past Liverpool’s onrushing Alisson Becker.
Despite being pegged back Liverpool head’s did not drop as they continued to boss possession and look the more dangerous of the two sides.
That said, the Reds were unable to penetrate Mourinho’s organised backline for a second time in the first half and had to settle for a 1-1 scoreline at half-time.
Liverpool almost found themselves behind in the opening seconds of the second half as Williams, who had an imperious first half performance, misjudged a header, glancing it behind for Steven Bergwijn to run onto. Fortunately for the young centre-back, Trent Alexander-Arnold was covering and managed to put the Dutch winger under enough pressure and subsequently made him rush his shot wide.Embed from Getty Images
The second half continued to see Liverpool boss possession but fail to make any impression on the Tottenham goal.
The Reds were almost behind yet again on the hour mark as Bergwijn snuck in behind yet again but could only strike the post. This effort was subsequently followed up by Harry Kane of all people missing a sitter in front of goal as the Englishman was found unmarked in the six-yard-area by a corner but could only head his effort into the ground and over the bar. Liverpool let off the hook.
The close Spurs chances seemed to wake up Liverpool’s attacking trident as the Reds responded by striking the crossbar through Sadio Mané and pushing the deep-lying Spurs defence back further.
Despite the added pressure on the Tottenham backline, Mourinho’s men held fast, soaking up Liverpool’s pressure and looked as though they had earned themselves a hard fought point.
With this being said, Klopp’s mentality monsters never quit and finally took the lead for a second time in the match in the 90th minute through Firmino.
Won by Mané, an out swinging corner delivered by Robertson found Firmino unmarked on the edge of the six-yard area. The Brazilian rose highest and powered a header past Lloris and into the top corner of the net to seal all three points for the champions.
Liverpool are next in action on Saturday when they travel down to London to take on Roy Hodgson’s Crystal Palace.
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