Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

A late headed winner sees Liverpool leapfrog Tottenham in the race for top of the table in the Premier League.  

Roberto Firmino’s pinpoint header gave Liverpool all three points in a game that was level until the 90th minute.

Liverpool once again got the better of Spurs with a third consecutive 2-1 win over the North London club.

The support of 2,000 Kopites pushed the Reds onto a late winner ensuring that Jose Mourinho and his team travelled home in second place in the Premier League table.

Jurgen Klopp started with 10 of the 11 players that began their weekend draw at Craven Cottage and handed a Premier League debut to 19-year-old Rhys Williams.

This time last year, Williams was playing in the Conference North for Kidderminster Harriers, and the German manager put all of his faith in the young defender, following a back injury to Joel Matip.

Mourinho made two changes to the side that drew 1-1 against Crystal Palace, with Ben Davies replacing the birthday boy Sergio Reguilon, and Giovani Lo Celso taking the place of Tanguy Ndombele.

Before kick-off, both teams paid their respects to former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier, who passed away aged 73.

The game began quite slowly with Liverpool gaining and retaining possession for the first ten minutes.

Spurs were happy to sit back and seemed comfortable allowing the Liverpool players to pass the ball around the Tottenham half.

Brazilian Roberto Firmino, whose last goal came in the 3-0 victory against Leicester, was involved in the game’s first piece of action for the home side in the 11th minute.

A dangerous free-kick was whipped in by Andy Robertson from the left-hand side and Liverpool’s number nine rose highest, guiding a header towards the bottom left corner.

However, Spurs captain Hugo Lloris plunged to ground quickly and prevented his team from going 1-0 down.

Ten minutes later, the left flank of the Spurs area was broken again by Robertson, who cut back a pass to Mohamed Salah who drilled the ball straight into the palms of the French goalkeeper.

The constant pressure began to take its toll on the Tottenham backline – eventually breaking in the 26th minute.

Once again, it was the left side for Spurs that was penetrated, with young midfielder Curtis Jones wriggling through a sea of players.

Despite the ball being poked away by Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, it fell nicely for Egyptian Salah, whose powerful shot took a huge deflection off Toby Alderweireld and looped perfectly into the top corner, leaving his teammate stranded in the goal.

A deserved goal for the Merseyside outfit, who had been threatening from the start.

For a few minutes after the restart, Spurs looked shaky with Curtis Jones finding space around 18 yards out, but his tame shot was well looked after by Lloris.

The away side needed to pull themselves back into the game before it began to slip away.

And they did just that.

In the 33rd minute, Argentinian midfielder Lo Celso, received the ball in the Tottenham half and with a caressed outside of the boot pass, found Heung-Min Son.

The Korean forward found himself onside and one-on-one with goalkeeper Alisson. A chance that he relishes.

He opened up his body and then powered a low shot into the near post of the net.

Their only chance so far, and it was delightfully dispatched, with Son being so clinical in those situations, scoring his 99th goal for Spurs.

As the game resumed, Liverpool continued their domination of possession, and pushed forward in search for another advantage.

The final chance of the half came for goal scorer Mo Salah, who slalomed his way into the area, but his low shot was parried to safety by Hugo Lloris- whose performance kept his team in the game throughout the first 45 minutes.

HALF TIME: 1-1

After the break, the game was turned on its head.

Tottenham were first to every ball and quick to intercept any counter attacks made by the Anfield side.

Steven Bergwijn had the first second half opportunity, when he burst past Trent Alexander-Arnold, just two minutes after the interval.

Pressure from the Liverpool fullback however, unbalanced the Dutch winger, who stabbed his shot wide of the far post.

Moments later, Spurs had another chance.

This time, Alisson Becker played out a lethargic pass, which was intercepted by Harry Kane.

With one touch and one look up, Kane tried the unthinkable and it almost paid off.

He attempted a left footed chipped shot towards the near post of the Liverpool goal, but Becker recovered from his mistake and tipped the effort wide.

Blood started to flow in the legs of Klopps’s side and they worked themselves began into the game.

Their first opportunity came from Salah, whose curling effort from 20 yards was pushed wide by Lloris, who did well to deal with an awkward bounce in front of him.

Spurs seemed unfazed and continued to pressurise their opponents.

Steven Bergwijn found himself in again, in the 64th minute, after Kane and Son both flicked the ball past the defence of the home team.

One-on-one with the keeper, Bergwijn unfortunately could not channel the confidence that his Korean teammate had in the first half.

He curled his shot past the goalkeeper but was unable to find the net, instead smashing the woodwork, with Liverpool clearing the ball out of play for a corner.

The resulting set piece was met by the head of Harry Kane, who unusually fluffed his lines, bouncing the header into the ground and over the bar.

Missed chances that proved devastating for Tottenham.

In the 74th minute, Sadio Mane, who Serge Aurier managed to keep fairly quiet for most of the game, slipped the Ivorian in the area, but rattled the crossbar with a left footed strike.

This was the final clear chance that either team had before the 90th minute.

With the board signalling three added minutes, it was now or never for either side.

Liverpool had hold of possession and played down the left-hand side, earning a corner from an Aurier tackle on Mane.

A reoccurring link-up between Andy Robertson and Roberto Firmino, proved to be the decider for the game.

The ball was beautifully whipped in, and the centre forward found space from his marker Alderweireld.

He met the ball with a bullet header into the top corner and put his side into the lead.

A goal that Tottenham were unable to recover from, and the game ended 2-1 to Liverpool.

The sides swapped places in the Premier League table and Liverpool now sit top, with 28 points after 13 games.

Tottenham were unable to capitalise on their opportunities and it cost them today against the Champions of last season.

They will look to get back to winning ways in just four days’ time, with another difficult game against 4th placed Leicester City – who have also qualified for the knockout stages of the Europa League.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter – @SalmonSport

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