Liverpool grabbed a victory at Tottenham Hotspur stadium, as Tottenham Hotspur is struggling to maintain their form with their injury-hit squad. This was a much-needed win for both sides. But only Liverpool came out victorious in the end.
Mohamed Salah struck twice and has made Liverpool back in the Top 4 race again. In games against Nottingham Forest and Leeds, Jurgen Klopp‘s side suffered two shocking defeats. After losing some of their important players this summer, the Reds are having the worse time in the Premier League.
Jurgen Klopp came with the diamond formation with Salah and Nunez leading the attack. Firmino was just behind them to support the attack.
Antonio Conte was forced to use a 5-3-2 formation without Son and Richarlison. But Kulusevski did start the game from the bench after returning from a long injury.
Match Day Activity
The first goal came in the 11th minute with Darwin Nunez’s unselfish pass to Salah. The Egyptian forward scored the goal by surprise, as there was no goalkeeping reaction from Lloris. Even though Tottenham tried to equalize the scoreline with several attacks. But a mistake from Eric Dier just gave away a goal, as Salah punished Tottenham’s defense.
In the second half, Tottenham tried hard to equalize the scoreline. They had several good chances, as Perisic’s shot hit the frame of the crossbar once. In the 70th minute, Tottenham had one goal back with Kane scored from Kulusevski’s pass.
Overall, it was Liverpool who deserved this win. They dominated in possession with more than 53% of the possession. But both sides were almost equal in attack having almost the same number of shots on target.
Both Managers’ Comments on Liverpool’s Victory
While speaking to the journalists after the game, Klopp praised Salah’s performance. He revealed: “Mo had a slow start but was involved in the most chances in Europe but didn’t take them, that’s completely normal for a striker.” The manager was also happy with Salah’s two goals.
About his team’s performance, Klopp said: “Winning here is incredibly difficult. We have to show the attitude, and the commitment to defending ourselves all the time. We have to show we’re not punched too hard when we concede a goal. I liked that tonight. I didn’t want to concede but I thought the reaction was good.”
During the post-match interview, Conte said: “It’s difficult to explain the defeat. We deserved much more. But in the first half, I was happy with the will, the desire. We put a lot of pressure on Liverpool and didn’t know why we were 2-0 down.”
Conte was also happy with Tottenham’s second-half performance. As he added: “In the second half we played very well, created many chances. The ‘keeper made good saves and we hit the post and crossbar.”