Another team walks into Anfield and fails to beat Liverpool, this time it was Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur that dropped points. The Home record for Liverpool continues.
The deadlock was broken by Mohamed Salah in the 26th minute after a clever one-two between Curtis Jones and Roberto Firmino was pushed into Salah’s path by Hojbjerg. Spurs pulled it back after Giovani Lo Celso slipped Heung-Min Son through on goal.
All was going according to Mourinho’s plan. Tottenham defended Liverpool’s advances well. However, everything changed in the dying minutes. Andy Robertson, arguably one of the best left-backs in the league, whipped in a perfect cross into the box which met Firmino’s head and boom, a goal.
LIVERPOOL 2-1 TOTTENHAM: TEAM NEWS
Rhys Williams got his Premier League debut for The Reds last night after starting against Tottenham Hotspur. The dynamic duo of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson is back after the former just returned from an injury.
The absence of Sergio Reguilon and Tanguy Ndombele was never explained by the Spurs manager. Ben Davies replaced Reguilon while Steven Bergwijn replaced Ndombele.
Liverpool started the game off well as usual. Another usual occurrence followed it when Mo Salah put the ball in the back of the net following a deflection off of Eric Dier.
In typical Jose Mourinho fashion, Spurs sat back and absorbed all the pressure and hit on the counter. They succeeded when Giovani Lo Celso put Son through on goal.
The possession stats clearly shows one side was more dominant on the ball with Liverpool hogging 74% possession. Jose Mourinho, however, wasn’t phased by this.
The 2nd half showed a very different Tottenham side as they started off well. They tried creating more goal scoring chances. However, they couldn’t convert their chances. Steven Bergwijn had the best chances, which he fired one wide and the other hit the crossbar. The very-clinical Harry Kane missed a header from point-blank range as well.
The Reds capitalized on the blanks fired by Spurs. In the dying minutes of the game, Roberto “Bobby” Firmino scored a fantastic header from the perfect whipped cross from Andy Robertson.
LIVERPOOL 2-1 TOTTENHAM: POST-MATCH PRESSER
With Jurgen Klopp and Jose Mourinho going head-to-head, the post-match presser was always going to be interesting. Jurgen Klopp slammed Mou for parking the bus. While Jose Mourinho claimed favoritism after Klopp wasn’t sent off for his sideline antics.
“Football at Anfield is just different. You can park the bus here or park the plane, you won’t get away with it.”– Jurgen Klopp on teams parking the bus at Anfield.
“If I behaved the same way on the touchline like he does, then I have no chance of staying there and I’m out for a minute. That’s animated? Do you want me to take the fourth official board from his hands and see what happens to me? For some reason, I am different.”– Jose Mourinho on favoritism shown towards Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool now go clear at the top with 28 points after the win against Tottenham Hotspur. Both clubs were equal on points for a long time but Spurs had a superior goal difference. Now there is a clear leader in the Premier League.
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