Liverpool go to the top of the table with a top performance against Spurs
Yesterday was a game that not only pinned the two best teams on current form but also the two best Managers in the league, in my view.
In Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have a master tactician who knows how to get the best out of each player in his team. Jose Mourinho at Tottenham have arguably one of the most polarising figures in English football, an emotional man who would stop at nothing short of a win.
So, when these two greats lock horns, nothing short of a spectacle can be expected.
And a spectacle it was, with the Reds finally getting the win in a nail-biting match. Albeit in the closing moments at Anfield amid a couple of thousand Kopites cheering their team on from the Kop.
With the 2-1 triumph, Liverpool inflicted Tottenham’s first defeat in twelve competitive fixtures for the North London club. Without further ado, lets visit how the match panned out last night.
Liverpool start on a positive note
In just the 12th minute, Liverpool no. 9, Roberto Firmino got a big save from the Spurs stopper. French keeper Hugo Lloris dived to his right to keep the ball out, after the Brazilian headed it into the bottom corner of the net.
Liverpool had their second opportunity to score in the 22nd minute when their Egyptian superstar Mohamed Salah induced another save from the French wall. Lloris after a beautiful assist from Andrew Robertson who broke past Aurier on the left flank.
With the will to attack, scoring is inevitable and that’s precisely what Liverpool did in the 26th minute. Salah scoring via a deflection off Spurs’ Eric Dier.
This opportunity was made possible through a brilliant run by the Reds young sensation Curtis Jones. He wrestled passed a couple of Tottenham players to provide Salah with the assist.
With Spurs still reeling from Salah’s goal, Curtis Jones created an opportunity of his own minutes later. He ripped the ball off Sissoko to induce another low save from the Tottenham captain. Truth be told, it seemed Hugo Lloris was having one of his busiest days in office by far this season.
Spurs mount a comeback
We all know Harry Kane is one of the MVP’s for Spurs. Though another name which for me is in the same league is the Korean great, Son Hueng-min.
And yesterday, he again proved that! It was via a brilliant counterattack from Spurs midfielder Lo Celso. Son got the ball and whisked it past a diving Allison who couldn’t do much but see the ball enter the net.
Spurs had equalised and the game had come alive. Son scoring his 11th of the season in just 13 games. This made the Korean the joint-highest scorer with Mo Salah and Dominic Calvert Lewin this far in the season.
As the players walked back into the tunnel at the stroke of halftime, the game was very intriguingly poised at one apiece with anybody’s to win.
Roberto ‘Bobby’ Firmino shows his class
In just the first minute of the second half, Spurs’ Dutch forward, Steve Bergwijn had an opportunity to put Tottenham in front only to hit the ball wide.
Harry Kane created another chance to put Spurs ahead in the 52nd minute, with Allison making a brilliant intercept to scoop the ball over the post. Tottenham definitely seemed the more assertive side at the start of the second half.
Salah had his opportunity in the 58th minute to get another when he curled an effort from 20 yards that saw Lloris do well to keep the ball out, after it bounced awkwardly in front of the Frenchman.
Bergwijn and Kane again created opportunities to put Spurs ahead, albeit not resulting in goals. The former was super close having hit the post, being a tad unlucky. In the 74th minute, Sadio Mane almost put Liverpool in front albeit unfortunately hitting the crossbar.
The game was proceeding at a knife edge and either side could’ve prevailed.
Finally, in the 90th minute, Liverpool scored their second from a brilliant header by Roberto Bobby Firmino after getting a mouth-watering cross from Andrew Robertson’s corner.
What a sigh of relief that was, to see the Reds finally prevail in the game which was anyone’s to win as Bobby ran to the Kop to celebrate the goal.
When the final whistle blew, there were two emotions to see, one with tears of joy and belief. The other, tears of despair with what could have been.
Truth be told, with the game we saw last night it would be safe to say even the Almighty would have been on the edge of his seat.
With this win, the Reds sit pretty on top of the table, as they face Crystal Palace next, possibly to soar further.
Again, until then as our hearts fill with excitement and a unanimous sense of belief, my fellow Kopites and I holding our heads high, say ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone!’