Salah (3′, 91′) // Wanyama (80′), Kane (90+4′ P)
Well…that was something.
Liverpool came agonisingly close to victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday afternoon as a 95th minute Harry Kane penalty earned the London team a point against Klopp’s team. Mo Salah (x2) and Victor Wanyama scored the other goals as the 2-2 draw meant that Liverpool remained in 3rd place (at least until tomorrow when Chelsea face Watford) and kept Spurs in 5th place. Here’s The Anfield Talk’s Sam (@sam_turnerlfc) with the Match Report.
The build up to the match was dominated by the contest between the top two scorers in the league Mohamed Salah and Harry Kane. Kane was also only one goal away from reaching 100 Premier League goals and Salah was one goal away from becoming the fastest player to reach 20 league goals for Liverpool in the Premier League era.
The Egyptian King became the first record breaker of the day in the 3rd minute as some good pressing from Liverpool’s front line lead to Eric Dier’s terrible back pass being laid on a plate for Salah who calmly slotted past Hugo Lloris and into the Spurs net. It was yet another indicator that should Salah get a significant injury then this team is in big trouble. For now though he is fit and firing and we should all enjoy it while it lasts.Embed from Getty Images
The rest of the first half saw Liverpool executing a brilliant press that was making the Spurs players panic. We genuinely looked like we were going to do to them what we did to City (and what they did to us at Wembley) but we couldn’t seem to make our pressure count as the score at half time remained 1-0 to the Reds.
The second half was a different story. Mauricio Pochettino must have drilled into his players his frustration at half time as they came out like a completely different team. They looked much more like the Tottenham that finished second in the league last season. But amazingly enough our defence held up against attack after attack. Loris Karius made a few very very decent saves and the pairing of Dejan Lovren and Virgil Van Dijk performed admirably against the pressure. It seemed like it was going to take something special to break us down.
Then Wanyama came off the bench and thumped an absolute screamer into the top left corner. All our good work undone in seconds by something that probably won’t happen again for the rest of Wanyama’s career.
With Joel Matip having been brought on before the goal to shore up the defence it was looking extremely unlikely that we would find a way to steal the win, especially with Spurs still looking the more likely to score. There was even a penalty that we conceded (offside and probably a dive) but we were let off when Kane’s awful spot kick was saved by Karius. We were lucky. But then came another moment of magic.
Salah picked up the ball on the right and tried to skip inside, after claiming handball he managed to regain the ball and then did something that Lionel Messi himself does on the regular. He skipped past about three players before poking the ball over Lloris and into the Spurs goal. I’m not going to lie to you, I haven’t celebrated a goal that much since probably Lovren’s goal against Borussia Dortmund. I was jumping around the kitchen and screaming.Embed from Getty Images
It made it all the more heartbreaking when Spurs were awarded yet another penalty when Van Dijk went to clear the ball and Erik Lamela jumped in front of him, leading to the Dutchman kicking the back of the Argentine’s leg. Initially referee Jon Moss waved away the penalty but his linesman brought him back and convinced him that Van Dijk had indeed fouled Lamela and a penalty was warranted. Harry Kane made no mistake this time and converted his 100th Premier League goal.
2-2 was the final result. A draw that feels like a loss. Something that is becoming more and more common. It was the right result, doesn’t make it any less gut-wrenching however. If I go to much into detail about my feelings I might pass the point of no return. Let’s just forget it and move on to Southampton next Sunday. Onwards Redmen!