Match Report: Liverpool 2 Tottenham 1

Gutsy comeback win for the Reds sees them extend their lead at the top as well was take their unbeaten run in the league at Anfield to 45 games.

In the first minute of the match, Son cut inside on his right foot from the left wing and a fired a shot that took a wicked deflection, and fell to Harry Kane as he converted to put Spurs up 1-0. A shocking start for the Reds, who have turned Anfield into the fortress it once was.

But, this was the wake up call that the Reds needed. From that moment on, Liverpool absolutely dominated Tottenham all over the pitch.
Andy Robertson got free down the side and clipped in a cross that was just inches over Salah’s head. Liverpool were stating to grow into the game quickly. After a period of dominance for the Reds, Sadio Mane found himself on the end of a Trent Alexander-Arnold cross but headed over from a decent position.

As the Reds imposed themselves on this match, they began to find space, rhythm and opportunity. Mane did well to win a long ball on the edge of the Spurs box and found Salah who had a chance to slip in Firmino, but opted for the first time volley and saw his chance saved.

But, for all the possession, creation and chances that Liverpool had, they still had to be wary of the Spurs counter. Harry Kane played a ball right across the front of goal to Dele Alli which should’ve made it 2-0, then immediately following the scramble to clear the ball Eriksen almost picked out Kane.

That was about it for Spurs chances in the first half, as Liverpool dominated the rest of the first period of play. Spurs backup keeper Gazzaniga did well to make a double save on legitimate goal scoring chances from Salah and Firmino, an then Virgil Van Dijk headed over on the ensuing corner. The Reds found themselves planted in the Spurs third, and following some craziness after a corner, Trent had a screamer saved by Gazzaniga. Liverpool began to wonder if they would even score, as Gazzaniga was having the game of his life. Halftime came and the Reds still found themselves behind 1-0.

The teams came out for the second half unchanged, and Liverpool picked up right where they left off as Firmino had a threatening header saved by Gazzaniga.

Spurs picked Liverpool out a counter, and Son was played in, rounded Alisson after spri ting past Lovren, but failed to convert his chance as he hit the bar from a tight angle. Great chance for Spurs to take full control and go up 2-0 wasted. Anfield was beginning to get nervous an groans could be heard around the stadium. Those groans would quickly turn to songs though, as Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson finished with his left foot after a deflected Fabinho ball that came off Danny Rose. 1-1.

Anfield rose to its feet, the noise levels returned and so did Liverpool’s impact on this match. The Reds were rampant after the captains equalizer. Fabinho began to impose himself in the midfield, dictating the entire pace of play and keeping the ball in Liverpool’s possession. He picked out Salah with a peach of a ball but Mo couldn’t get enough behind his effort and saw it saved. Spurs switched off on a throw in that almost allowed Firmino clean through, but Gazzaniga did well to keep it out.

The Reds were dominating Tottenham, chance after chance, but couldn’t get over that hump to push themselves into the lead. Gini Wijnaldum found himself on the end of two chances, one where he failed to even have a look at goal and the other a header straight at Gazzaniga. Gini bags an easy brace with those chances on international duty.

Finally, all the pressure paid off. Mane caught on to a long ball and was in a battle with Danny Rose for possession, when the English defender got caught up under his feet, lost the ball, and clipped Mane in the box. Penalty. Mo Salah stepped up to the spot, and with ice in his veins converted low the left side of the keeper. 2-1 Liverpool.

After a couple of Reds subs, Spurs once again found space on the counter, and Danny Rose cut inside on his weaker right foot to an abundance of space, took on the shot but skied it way out of play. Shortly thereafter, Son had a decent chance saved by Alisson in stoppage time.

The Reds held on to win 2-1, an impressive come-from-behind victory after what was a shell shock of a start for the league leaders.
Gutsy performance for the Reds, who never showed an ounce of panic after going behind early. Time to prepare for Arsenal at the mid week.

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