The Reds came into Saturday night’s contest at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with a bit more confidence after Southampton took down Leicester City earlier today. A win would see Liverpool go 16 points clear of second the place Foxes with a game in hand. A win would also break the record for the best start to a season through 21 league matches in European football history.
Liverpool started this game on full throttle. Roberto Firmino had a shot cleared off the line by Davidson Sanchez, and Alex Oxlade Chamberlain seemed certain to bury the follow up; but his effort whacked off the post. Tottenham survive, 2 minutes in.
Heung Min Son found space down the left after Jordan Henderson failed to sort the ball out at his feet, found some space to the right and tried a curler from about 20 yards out. Way off target.
Dele Alli got on the end of a long ball right down the middle of the park, but his shot went over.
Jordan Henderson was caught in possession once again, Spurs worked the ball to Cristian Erikesn, who’s shot went straight at Alisson, easily saved. Liverpool won a corner on the ensuing counter.
After a scuffle for possession in the box, the ball fell to Jordan Henderson and he clipped a dainty little chip to the back post and found Van Dijk’s forehead, but his effort was saved by Gazzaniga.
Spurs broke down the right from the ensuing goal kick, and Joe Gomez fouled Son, and was shown a yellow card.
The Reds made a brilliant move down the left, Robertson found Mane at the top of the box, but he volleyed his effort into the ground and over the net.
Following another skirmish in the Tottenham box, Salah linked up with Henderson, who found Firmino; and Firmino left the entire Spurs defense for dead with one single touch and fired his effort across goal into the back of the net. 1-0 Liverpool after 37’.
Lucas Moura found space between Trent and Ox down the left, almost successfully split them but was caught by Ox who was shown a yellow card.
Roberto Firmino robbed Dele Alli after Alli was put under pressure by Joe Gomez. The ball fell to Salah who was put in on goal, made a good move to cut onto his favored left foot but fizzed his effort wide of the near post.
After a bit of feisty play in the midfield, Aurier got into a dangerous position down the right, and floated a cross which was cleared for a corner.
3 minutes of stoppage time were awarded by the referee.
Eriksen fired his corner into the near post area, where it found Lucas Moura who was well put off and never had a sniff at scoring.
The halftime whistle blew, with Liverpool leading 1-0 at the break. Very lively first half, with the Reds in control of the match. Spurs did well to find a bit of space on the counter but failed to really test Alisson, while the Reds will be frustrated their lead isn’t bigger.
Both teams came out for the second half unchanged.
Jordan Henderson has a bowler of a first 45 seconds to the second half. He clipped two players and got off scotch free before clipping Dele Alli. Lucky to not be booked.
Some great side to side play set Salah through down the right, who picked out Mane at the back post. Mane returned the ball to Salah at the top, who let it run to Trent; but Trent whiffed his effort and failed to test Gazzaniga.
Dele Alli found some space down the middle and got past Gomez; thankfully the best defender in the world, Virgil Van Dijk, was there to cut it out. The ball then fell to Aurier who struck a shot on target at Alisson who did well to save.
Liverpool with a bit of clever play, Salah and Firmino playing one- two’s with each other lead to Firmino finding a pocket of space at the top of Spurs box, but his shot was straight at Gazzaniga.
Aurier began to gain some confidence down the right hand side. He released Eriksen into a pocket of space at the top of the box, Eriksen found Son at the back post but his effort at Alisson was deflected wide and the Reds cleared the ensuing corner kick.
Jurgen Klopp made his first substitution of the evening in the 61’, bringing on Adam Lallana for Alex Oxlade Chamberlain.
The Reds were getting a little too cute on the ball; with Gomez almost giving one away to Lucas clean through. Klopp was fuming in the coaches box.
Following a crunching exchange of tackles between Robertson and Tanganga, Liverpool worked the ball to Trent on the opposite side of the box; and Trent found Mane at the back post. Gazzaniga made a fantastic save to keep Spurs in the game.
Jose Mourinho made his first substitution of the evening in the 69’; a double switch. Erik Lamela for Danny Rose and Gio Lo Celso for Cristian Eriksen.
Gini Wijnaldum was caught on the ball By Lo Celso in the Liverpool third. He picked out Son who was clean in on goal, but Son put his effort over the bar. Huge let off for Liverpool, Spurs should’ve been even.
Lo Celso was played into acres of space down Liverpool’s right side, had loads of time to pick his pass and does the exact opposite. Another major let off for Liverpool.
Mourinho’s subs instilled a bit of life into Spurs. Aurier fired in an Alexander-Arnold esque cross to the back post, where it found Gio Lo Celso; but Lo Celso somehow fluffed his lines. Jose Mourinho was mid celebration as the ball flew past the far post; and couldn’t believe the result of that piece of play.
Dele Alli jumped into a bit of the “quarterback” role, completely dictating the play for Spurs. Lamela was played into space at the top of the Liverpool box following a failed clearance, but his shot was straight at Alisson.
Divock Origi picked you the ball from Firmino at the top of the Spurs box, and following some world class footwork to evade a couple defenders, worked his angle but had his effort saved by Gazzaniga.
The referee awarded 3 minutes of stoppage time.
Tottenham had Liverpool pinned in their own third in the final seconds of the match, Son cut inside from the top right of the box onto his left foot, but his effort was once again straight at Alisson.
The final whistle blew. Liverpool are rampant in the Premier League. 61 out of a possible 63 points. The first club in Europe’s Top 5 leagues to ever achieve such a feat. 16 points clear at the top with a game in hand, 21 games unbeaten in the league this season. Next Up: Manchester United at home.