Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool

Liverpool prevail against Spurs, following a 3-1 victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

A month had passed since their last meeting, and Tottenham were set to host the Premier League Champions at home.

Their previous league game came against Sheffield United, which the North London side won comfortably.

Liverpool on the other hand, had struggled for form in their opening games of the year, and had not won in the league in six games.

Jose Mourinho made one change to the team that started at Bramall Lane, with Matt Doherty replacing an injured Sergio Reguilon.

Jurgen Klopp opted for a stronger line-up to their defeat against Burnley, with Fabinho, Shaqiri, Oxlade-Chamberlain and Origi being replaced by Henderson, Milner, Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

The game began quickly and both teams scrapped to get a foothold early on.

Sadio Mane found some space past the Spurs defence and the first opportunity of the game was squandered, as his left footed effort flew wide of the post.

An early let off for the home side.

However, a chance the other way came almost instantly.

Harry Kane lofted a ball over to Heung-Min Son, who found himself one-on-one with Alisson.

Without hesitation he rolled the ball into the near corner under the feet of the Brazilian goalkeeper and made it 1-0 after four minutes.

Unfortunately for the Korean international was deemed marginally offside by VAR and the game remained goalless.

These two early chances settled the game for the next 20 minutes, as Liverpool held most of the possession, whilst Spurs tried to counter-attack.

In the 22nd minute, Mourinho’s side broke quickly and Son found himself in a similar situation to his offside goal, but this time his left footed effort went straight into the hands of Alisson.

This chance spurred Liverpool on at the other end and Mane and Salah created space over the top of the Spurs defence, but Mane’s volley was unbelievably stopped dead by Hugo Lloris.

Liverpool continued their dominance and Sadio Mane had another opportunity which was palmed away once again by the Tottenham goalkeeper.

With four minutes of time added, following Harry Kane and Eric Dier needing treatment in the first half, Liverpool eventually broke the deadlock, with the last kick of the half.

Senegalese winger Mane – who had been a nuisance throughout the whole half, found himself behind the Spurs defence once again, following a long ball from Jordan Henderson.

He controlled the ball with his chest and played it across the face of goal to Bobby Firmino, who tapped into an empty net from a yard out.

The reds went into the break 1-0 up.

Following half time, Tottenham made two changes to their side.

And one of the removed was star man Harry Kane, who had suffered injuries to both ankles in the first half.

A huge blow for the home side.

Their search for a quick equaliser was instantly thrown away, as Sadio Mane’s curled effort was palmed away by Lloris, but only to find the feet of Trent Alexander-Arnold who drilled the ball back across the face of goal and into the bottom corner, doubling his sides lead.

An even bigger mountain to climb for Spurs.

Two minutes after the fullbacks’ strike, Steven Bergwijn cut inside and played the ball in front of Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg to shoot.

And his shot nestled the back of the net.

A glimmer of hope for Spurs, and a crazy start to the second half after just four minutes of play.

This proved to be their last opportunity of the whole game, and creativity lacked after the loss of Kane at the interval.

The rest of the half had only a few events.

A clash of heads from Joe Rodon and Thiago, saw the latter require treatment to a cut on his head.

Mohamed Salah had a thunderous strike ruled offside, in a similar way to Son’s in the first half.

In the 65th minute, the Anfield outfit scored the third and final goal of the match.

The winger Mane once again was a key involvement.

This time scoring his first Premier League goal of 2021.

A deep cross from Alexander-Arnold reached Joe Rodon who despite his good performance controlled the ball in a dangerous area, only for Mane to fire in a left footed volley into the roof of the net.

It was now 3-1 to Liverpool and they were cruising.

The rest of the game was fairly uneventful, and the away side were victorious.

And they now sit in 4th, four behind leaders Man City.

Spurs on the other hand, now sit 6th, behind West Ham but with a game in hand.

Overall, the performance was one to forget for the North London club, and they look to face Brighton away at the weekend.

Match Report by Nathan Salmon

Twitter: @SalmonSport

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