Premier League Champions, Liverpool, made a trip to Tottenham Hotspur stadium and recorded their first win in six games. Son Heung-min slotted the ball back into Alisson’s net after only three minutes. But, the goal was rightly chalked off by VAR due to offside.
Roberto Firmino broke the deadlock in the added time of the first half. Trent Alexander-Arnold quickly doubled Liverpool’s lead when the second half began. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg pulled a goal back for Tottenham in the 49th minute. The contest was set for an exciting finish as both the teams were willing to attack. But, it was Liverpool winger Sadio Mane who scored the third goal for the Reds to put the game to bed. Let’s look at the top 5 talking points from the game:
5. Liverpool gets their mojo back
Roberto Firmino’s goal at the stroke of half-time was their first goal after 486 minutes! A sigh of huge relief? Jurgen Klopp’s reaction showed that. Liverpool’s front-three has been dismal for a month. Today, the story was completely different.
All three of them put the ball back into the net, though, Mo Salah’s goal was revoked by VAR due to a handball. Firmino was dropping deep to collect the ball which allowed Mane and Salah to make runs. Jordan Henderson was exceptional yet again as a makeshift centre-back. Sadio Mane’s runs caused problems to Tottenham’s backline all evening.
But the biggest plus point for Klopp would be the performance of Trent Alexander-Arnold. England’s international and taken a lot of flak recently due to poor distribution and defending incapabilities. But, the right-back was amazing today. He reminded his critics that he can still put those whipping cross into the box. That’s what he did to assist Mane before adding a goal to his name already.
4. Tottenham Hotspur have to blame themselves
All three of the goals which Tottenham conceded were due to their indecisions. Serge Aurier and Joe Roden allowed Sadio Mane to run behind them very easily who then passed the ball to Firmino who just had to tap-in to find the back of the net. When Mane passed the ball, Eric Dier and Hugo Lloris looked at each other to deal with it rather than going themselves. In the end, it seemed like the two were giving a perfect guard of honor to the ball. Embarrassing for the two experienced players.
Lloris dived to stop Mane’s curling shot but placed the ball directly to Alexander-Arnold’s path whose fired the ball in. For an international keeper like Lloris, we have to blame for his poor save. Tottenham was not done with their mistakes yet.
Liverpool’s right-back floated the ball inside Tottenham’s box but the ball could have been easily cleared by Joe Roden. A moment of brain fade from the centre-back allowed the ball to go past him. He didn’t realize that Sadio Mane was on his shoulders who grabbed the loose ball and slotted it past the goalkeeper.
3. Title race gets even more interesting!
With these three massive points, Liverpool jumps back to the fourth spot in the table. They now have 37 points in 20 games. On the other hand, Tottenham Hotspur stayed at 6th position with 33 points in 19 games. Currently, Manchester City (41) is leading the table followed by Manchester United (40). The top four are separated by just four points. Also, Manchester City, Tottenham, Everton have a game or two in hand. Gear up, the second half of this season is surely a treat for us after a tough 2020.
2. Another injury for Harry Kane?
Harry Kane went down to the ground two times inside the first 45 minutes. Both the times, you can sense the nervousness in Jose Mourinho’s mind. When the game resumed after the first-half, we saw Erik Lamela coming off the bench for Kane.
After the game, Mourinho stated the English striker has injured both of his ankles. There’s a lot more to know before we can say if it is a serious injury or not but we all are aware of Kane’s history with ankle injuries. If at all he is injured for 2-3 weeks, the Spurs chances to make it into top-four will take a huge hit.
1. THE 12TH MAN Opinion
It was a game of huge intensity with chances coming at both ends. Jose Mourinho looks to park the bus in big games but this time he chose a more expansive approach. Maybe that’s why he ended up losing? Let’s see what fans had to say on yesterday’s clash.