Tottenham Hotspur 1-3 Liverpool: Ratings as Reds rediscover goal-scoring touch

DON KOPLEONE rates the Liverpool players on a night where they rediscovered their form in front of goal.

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Well… Based on this showing, Liverpool are back!

The Reds headed to Tottenham for the first of two fixtures in the capital this week, and from the first minute they seemed to be playing and passing with more purpose and urgency than we have seen from them for much of the past month.

Sadio Mané had the earliest of chances to signal the visitors’ intent but sliced wide, before Tottenham appeared to take the lead on a counter-attack. VAR found Son Heung-min had been a step offside in the build-up to his potential opener, though.

Nonetheless, Liverpool continued to impress going forward- while admittedly looking vulnerable to the break- and it was another great piece of Mané movement that saw the away side open the scoring. Henderson found his left winger, who drilled a ball across the six-yard box for Roberto Firmino to tap home.


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Harry Kane departed at half-time, which killed Spurs’ counter-attacking threat, even though Joël Matip was also substituted with an injury concern.

And after the interval the Reds started to really dominate proceedings.

Mo Salah could have doubled the lead, before a back in-form Trent Alexander-Arnold did.

A sensational strike from Pierre-Emile Højbjerg threatened to stem the Liverpool tide, but ultimately couldn’t.

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Salah appeared to have restored the two-goal cushion, until VAR chalked off a second goal of the game, for a perceived Firmino handball.

Mané finally found his goal to kill the game, after a horrible error from young Spurs defender, Joe Rodon.

Your ratings, as Liverpool – and their fabled front three – clicked back into gear:

Starting XI

Ali 7.5 – Not tested that much – and could do nothing about Højbjerg’s wonderstrike – but the Brazilian is just oozing confidence at the moment, behind a team that had been short of it.

Trent 8 – Tottenham’s set-up relieved pressure on Trent and he took full advantage. Passing was tidier than of late throughout and the crucial second goal was very well taken.

Joel 7.5 – Arguably the best player on the pitch at times in the first half. And then sustained a potentially very serious injury. Cursed.

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Hendo 7.5 – As well as the Reds’ captain has performed when filling in at the back. Superb lofted through ball to create the opener, too.

Robbo 6.5 – Again, less Liverpool attacking play was rooted through their left back today. The Scot hardly did anything wrong, and was solid defensively when called upon, but was just far less involved than he sometimes is.

ThiaGOAT 6.5 – Was diving into tackles a bit too readily early on, earning a booking in the process, but in possession the Spaniard was as magical as ever. Instrumental to the Salah goal that never was.

Gini 7 – Looks far more comfortable playing slightly behind Thiago than he did in front of him. Broke up potential counters well in the second half.

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Milly 6.5 – Started very brightly, finding himself all over the pitch. Calmed down and cooled off a little, but a solid display from the veteran.

Mo 7 – Could have done better with a big chance almost immediately after the break, and was then unlucky to see his driven strike was ruled out. Lively, though.

Bobby 8.5 – The most the Brazilian has come to dominate a big game this season. Posed constant problems, nailed a back-post run to open the scoring, and seemed to enjoy linking with Thiago.

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Sadio 8.5 – It may be possible that Sadio Mané both completely lost all ability to strike a football cleanly and was the best player on the pitch tonight. He should have opened the scoring two minutes in when slicing wide, but the Senegalese’s movement caused constant problems, and he was directly involved in all of Liverpool’s goals, including the disallowed one. Man(é) of the match.

Subs

Natty P 7 – Early booking didn’t faze him, and he won two important duels with Son late on.

CJ 6.5 – Almost combined with Salah for a big chance.

Divvy N/A – Couple of minutes to stretch his legs.


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