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Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Player Ratings and Man of the Match

Champions Liverpool edged out title challengers Tottenham Hotspur to climb to the top of the Premier League with a 2-1 victory at Anfield.

It was a thrilling match between the two sides but Roberto Firmino’s last-minute header broke Tottenham’s stubborn resistance.

This was Tottenham’s first Premier League defeat in 12 Premier League games (W7 D4), since a 0-1 loss to Everton in September.

Jose Mourinho has never won away against Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp in six attempts in all competitions (D2 L4).

LIVERPOOL 2-1 TOTTENHAM PLAYER RATINGS:

Liverpool:

Alisson: 7

Did really well to come off his line and stop the Spurs’ counters. Forced into action in the second half to deny Harry Kane following a sloppy clearance.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 6.5

Didn’t get forward that much, but did his job defensively. A tough outing with Son drifting out to the left.

Rhys Williams: 7

Followed Kane everywhere, made some big clearances, and did well on the ball. Lots of headed clearances.

Fabinho: 8

Difficult to believe his natural position is midfield, given the authority he exudes in defence.

Andy Robertson: 7

Regular threat when overlapping down the left while defensively sound before the break. Whipped in the corner for the winner.

Curtis Jones: 9 (MOTM)

An excellent display from the young midfielder, who was the creator of Mohamed Salah’s opener.Was always on the hunt to make something happen.

Georginio Wijnaldum: 7

Clear Jose Mourinho instructed Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg and Moussa Sissoko to press the Dutchman but he coped well in tight areas.

Jordan Henderson: 7

The tempo he set for the team was impeccable, some wayward crosses but made his presence known in the center of the field.

Mohamed Salah: 9

Was in the mood right from kick-off. Showed his quality, scored the opener.

Roberto Firmino: 8.5

Scored a great header in the last minute to win it. Struggled a little aside from that, always performs in big games at Anfield.

Sadio Mane: 7

Got into some great positions and a really good battle with Aurier. Came so close with his shot that hit the crossbar. Not a good performance by his sky-high standards

Tottenham:

Hugo Lloris: 7

Labelled the best goalkeeper by his Tottenham manager, was in the right place at the right time to deny Liverpool with safe hands quite a few times.

Serge Aurier: 7

Really good battle with Mane but struggled with the twin threat of Mane and Robertson.

Toby Alderweireld: 6

Was unlucky with the deflection otherwise made a number of crucial last-ditch tackles.

Eric Dier: 6

A decent enough display as he did his best to head and clear crosses and shots.

Ben Davies: 6

Justified his selection in a more defensive lineup, as Tottenham tried to stop balls being played in-behind them. Struggled against Salah.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: 7

An impressive display in the middle of the park, snapping into tackles and recycling the ball well. Booked for a cynical foul on Curtis Jones.

Moussa Sissoko: 7

Seemed to be everywhere in midfield. Worked hard in midfield and pushed out to the right. Was lucky to escape without a booking for his tackle in Wijnaldum.

Steven Bergwijn: 6

Missed a couple of big chances and that will haunt them. Worked hard tracking back. Could have been the hero for Spurs.

Gio Lo Celso: 6

Lovely assist on Son’s goal and was tidy enough. Withdrawn after being booked.

Heung-min Son: 8

Took his goal really well and led some great counters. Electrifying display. His finishing is increasingly deadly.

Harry Kane: 6.5

Should have scored a header at one end and could have done more to stop Firmino’s winner. Worked hard and was always at the center of so much of Spurs’ positive play.

Substitution

Lucas Moura (Lo Celso 58′): 6

Gave Spurs a decent shift but didn’t have much of an impact.

Sergio Reguilon (Bergwijn 76’)

Added an extra layer of protection in front of Davies for the final 15 minutes as Spurs defended for their lives.

Dele Alli (Son 87′): N/A

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