2023/24 Premier League: Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool Match Review
Late drama sees Ange Postecoglou’s side secure their 5th win of the 2023/24 Premier League season.
On Saturday, Ange Postecoglou’s Tottenham came head to head with a Liverpool team led by Head Coach Jurgen Klopp at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It was one of the biggest games of the season, with both clubs seeking a Champions League spot come May 2024. It was Spurs who got a dramatic later winner to secure a vital 2 – 1 win against their Merseyside counterparts.
The Lilywhites had been in tremendous form ahead of this match, having enjoyed an unbeaten start with four wins and two draws coming from their first 6 Premier League matches.
A trip to the GTech Community Stadium to play Brentford was Spurs’ first match of the 2023/24 campaign. In the end, goals from Cristian Romero (11’) and Emerson Royal (45+4’) ensured a 2 – 2 draw against Thomas Frank’s Bees. Summer signing James Maddison got the assist for Royal’s goal, and he has been in fantastic form.
Erik Ten Hag’s Manchester United were the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in Spurs’ second game of the season. It was a massive game so early in the season, with the two clubs in the race for European Football. Tottenham were 2 – 0 winners thanks to Pape Matar Sarr (49’) and an own goal from Lisandro Martinez (83’).
Another 2 – 0 victory came in the next game on the South Coast against Andoni Iraola’s AFC Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium. James Maddison (17’) and Dejan Kulusevski (63’) were on the scoresheet for Postecoglou’s Lilywhites that day.
Spurs’ third successive victory came against Burnley at Turf Moor, and were emphatic 5 – 2 winners against Vincent Kompany’s side. Maddison (54’) and Romero (45+2’) were on the scoresheet, and it was Son Heung-Min who put in the most eye-catching performance, scoring a hat-trick (16’, 63’, 66’).
A newly promoted Sheffield United side were the visitors to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in their fifth game of the season. Spurs were able to beat Paul Heckingbottom’s side 2 – 1 in a superb comeback win, which saw Richarlison (90+8’) and Dejan Kulusevski (90+10’) score goals in second-half stoppage time for the home side.
Spurs’ unbeaten start continued in the North London Derby against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The two rivals played out a competitive 2 – 2 draw where Son Heung-Min recorded a brace for the Lilywhites, with the South Korean’s goals coming either side of half time (42’, 55’).
Now, onto their match against Liverpool. The Reds had the first chances in the opening five minutes, with Luis Diaz (3’) and Alexis Mac Allister (4’) both having efforts on goal. Diaz’s shot was blocked well before Mac Allister saw his effort on goal go wide from outside the box.
Tottenham’s first significant chance came through Dejan Kulusevski a few minutes later, who also saw a shot well blocked (8’).
With almost half an hour of the game gone, Liverpool had created more chances to open the scoring, but drama came when Curtis Jones was shown a red card following a VAR review (26’). This was good news for Spurs, with their chances of securing the win increasing as a result.
Just before half time, Liverpool thought they had taken the lead, only for Luis Diaz’s goal to be ruled out for offside (34’). Son Heung-Min then gave the home side the lead after he found the back of the net following a flowing move from Spurs (36’).
Parity was restored in first-half stoppage time when Cody Gakpo found the back of the net after receiving the ball from Virgil Van Dijk (45+4’). The half time whistle went with the two teams level at 1 – 1.
Spurs’ task was made simpler when Diogo Jota was sent off following a second yellow card, which saw Liverpool down to nine men (69’).
The visitors put up an admirable fight, and it looked like they were on course to earn a point going into second-half stoppage time. However, the pressure was too much for the Liverpool defence as Spurs found a late winner thanks to an own goal from Reds defender Joel Matip (90+6’).
It was heartbreak for Liverpool but sheer joy for everyone of a Spurs persuasion, recording their 5th league win of the season, which sees them sit 2nd with 17 points.
This is Spurs’ best start to a league season since the 1963/64 season. Spurs have also had the most shots of any team in the Premier League with 138. Manchester City come second with 127 shots.
Ange Postecoglou’s side dominated possession with 64.5% compared to the Reds’ 35.5%. The Lilywhites also had the most shots on target during the match with 8 whilst Liverpool had 4.
Confidence was high, and the home side completed no less than 662 passes as a team, 298 more than their opponents who made 364 successful passes in the game.
Tottenham Hotspur’s next Premier League match will be against newly promoted Luton Town at Kenilworth Road on Saturday, 7th October. The next game at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium for Spurs will be against Fulham on Monday, 23rd October 2023.
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