Mo Salah (3′, 91′) // Victor Wanyama (80′), Harry Kane (94′ P)
Liverpool have fallen victim to Jon Moss for the second time this season as a late, late Harry Kane penalty wins Spurs a point at Anfield after a tough fought game and a Mo Salah brace. Here’s The Anfield Talk’s Anthony (@anthonymarkmcav) with the winners and losers from this weekend’s fixture.
Winner: Mohamed Salah
Scoring two and a half minutes from the start and two and a half minutes from the end, Mo Salah bookended his performance with two goals that both stink of brilliance. Jamie Carragher said on SkySports after the game that only Lionel Messi scores goals like Salah’s second and I have to agree with the former Liverpool defender because the way that Salah swerved, rode challenges and then finished in a sublime way was absolutely breathtaking, just a shame it wasn’t enough to get all three points.Embed from Getty Images
Alongside his goals, Salah’s four successful dribbles and four shots made a great impact on the side, putting us on a platform to be disappointed once more.
Loser: Joel Matip
Jurgen Klopp decided to go with a centre-back partnership of Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk for the Spurs game and for the large part, they delivered. To the detriment of Joel Matip.
The Dutchman, paired with the Croatian at the back were solid throughout the game, ironically until Matip came on a usurped the backline into chaos. Lovren was tactically aware and quick to rise to every challenge and Virgil rose to every ball in the air winning 100% of his aerial duels against Spurs.
This should leave Matip worried about his position in the team because Lovren and Van Dijk actually looked like a centre-half partnership I could get behind for the most part, other than Lovren’s mistake in the lead up to the first penalty and van Dijk controversially having a penalty given against him.
Winner: Video Assistant Refereeing
Or more like, the argument for VAR. After the first penalty, which was, after much deliberation an actual penalty, the linesman and Jon Moss had a lengthy conversation about the incident. Even then they weren’t 100% sure what was going on.
Then for the second penalty, Jon Moss waves play on, and the linesman thinks it’s a pen so indicates to Moss that it’s a pen, rinse and repeat the conversation and it’s eventually given. This second one is NOT a penalty, at least in my, as unbiased as possible, eyes. Virgil put his leg up, no doubt but he goes to pull his leg away from Lamela and not into the Argentine. Lamela then goes down. Trickery and shithousery at it’s finest.Embed from Getty Images
This wasn’t the only thing that Jon Moss got wrong throughout the evening, with a plethora of mistakes leading to the Anfield faithful quickly turning on him in the stadium and on Twitter. Clearly he still hates us for giving him stick for that Mane red card against City. Absolute birdbrained pillock. #VARIn
Loser: Dele Alli
I mentioned in my preview that Dele hadn’t been having the greatest of times recently in terms of performances, and that run of disappointing games from Tottenham’s biggest arsehole continues. Booked for diving and having little to no impact on the game you could be forgiven for thinking that he was doing his best Gini Wijnaldum impression as he sunk into the pitch against his boyhood side. Dispossessed twice, completing only 39 passes and only mustering two shots, one blocked and the other off target. One to forget for the former MK Dons man.
Winner: Loris Karius
This is a statement performance from Karius. First of all there is nothing he can do about Wanyama’s goal, that is an unbelievable strike and it’s honestly un-save-able. He can also be forgiven for conceding a Harry Kane penalty, too. But. Loris Karius had a great game between the sticks. This is the first time in a long time a Liverpool goalkeeper has actually looked confident and that showed with his performance. Four saves from open play, equalling his tally for the season so far, alongside the penalty save from Harry Kane’s first to boot.Embed from Getty Images
I’ve seen people try and blame Karius for the goals and that is utter balderdash, keep his confidence up and support him going into the next game against Southampton, because he’ll be world’s better for it.
Loser: Davinson Sanchez
Spurs’ Colombian centre-half really had no idea what to do up against Sadio Mane and Mo Salah in the first half as Liverpool ran riot. It was no surprise to see his number held aloft by the fourth official when it came time to make Tottenham’s first change. He was just clueless.
Winner: Harry Kane
I am recognising Harry Kane’s excellence here, because he is one of the best, coolest and most lethal strikers in world football. He scored his 100th Premier League goal this afternoon, and is faster than anyone to ever reach that mark. Even if it was a penalty that shouldn’t have been given.
Loser: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
After coming on for Sadio Mane, many fans expected Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to be the burst of life that the side needed to get back up and start threatening the Spurs defence again. But it wasn’t to be. He looked off from his first few touched on the ball, giving the ball away with silly short passes that he would normally complete with his eyes closed.
There was also a few instances that he completely misjudged the flight of the ball and just let it fall to the floor without challenging for it, which is a shame really, because he has been massive in recent weeks.
Winner: The Premier League
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The race for Top 4 is really heating up now, with Liverpool only two points above Spurs, with the two teams sitting in third and fifth respectively. Chelsea are still to play this weekend, they play Watford tomorrow and a win there would see them leapfrog the Reds back into third. Arsenal in sixth are not to be forgotten either, with the Gunners’ impressive acquisition of Pierre-Emerick Aubamyeang firing them to a 5-1 win over Everton this weekend.
I feel it’ll go down to the wire with this one.
Anyway, on to Southampton next Sunday and then Porto in the Champions League.