Not many top of the table clashes see one side boast 76pc possession, but Liverpool’s dominance of the ball only begins to tell the story of this game. The Reds found a late winner to leapfrog José Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur side, regaining a lead at the Premier League summit in the process.
This lopsided balance of play was especially evident at 0-0, and a goal for the hosts had felt like it was coming long before a Mohamed Salah shot was deflected past Hugo Lloris.
But Spurs posed a counter-attacking threat throughout, and soon responded via Son Heung-min, following a break that was as quick as it was smooth.
The second half saw the visitors pose more questions, and soon after Steven Bergwijn had struck Alisson Becker’s far post, a Harry Kane header popped over the bar from point-blank range.
Liverpool continued to press, though, with Sadio Mané also being denied by the woodwork.
But, as the seconds ticked away, Roberto Firmino sprung to head home from a corner, and seal a vital victory for the champions.
Just as their No.9 did, Liverpool jump to the top of the table, and here are your ratings:
Ali 6.5 – One poor clearance was almost pitched home by Kane, but other than that the Brazilian was alert off his line.
Trent 7 – A couple of crucial defensive interventions to break up potential counter-attacks, but was caused problems by the movement of Bergwijn in the second half.
Rhys 7 – Has to be docked points for being caught out of position for both the Son goal and the Bergwijn opportunity that clipped the post. HOWEVER, those were the only two errors that the young man made all night, and his raking pass preceded the opener. An excellent counter-attacking unit showed him there is no room for mistakes at this level, but an excellent display considering this was Williams’ Premier League debut.
Fabs 8 – Brought the ball out from the back with an almost rude nonchalance at times. Delightful to watch.
Robbo 7 – Not as scintillating in attack as he can be, but still the Scot found his moments, like when Salah smashed his pullback straight at Lloris.
Gini 8.5 – Completed 97pc of his passes this evening, which encapsulates the level at which the Dutchman retained the ball, allowing Liverpool to sustain attacks. Strength in the tackle was superb, as it often is. This was Gini Wijnaldum at his very best tonight. Man of the match.
Hendo 7.5 – Picked up on loose balls superbly from start to finish, and only misses out on a ‘Man of the Match’ shout for trying to force the Hollywood pass a little too often. Dominated the midfield.
CJ 7.5 – Arguably the best player on the park for 60, 70 minutes, and the confidence the young man showed on such an important occasion is quite frankly ridiculous. Tired a little late-on, but Liverpool have one hell of a player on their hands.Embed from Getty Images
Mo 8 – Might have scored a hatful, and his defensive workrate was at its very, very best tonight.
Bobby 8 – Was unlucky to have been denied by Lloris on three occasions before a brilliant leap and powerful header won Liverpool the crucial three points. Whisper it quietly, but BOBBY MIGHT BE BACK!
Sadio 7.5 – Locked in a brilliant battle with Serge Aurier, who dealt with the Senegalese as well as you possibly can. A fantastic turn and spin saw Sadio strike the upright. Goal is coming.
Naby N/A – Barely had time to touch the grass before the full time whistle blew.
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