Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur Match Report

Spurs squandered a lead again as they were beaten by table-topping Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday. Liverpool made it nine wins from ten games whilst Spurs drop down to 12th in the Premier League.

Tottenham Hotspur got off to an absolute flyer, opening the scoring in the 1st minute through Harry Kane. Son Heung-min drove forward at the Liverpool defence before cutting inside and getting a shot away early doors. His shot deflected onto the cross-section of the bar and post before it rebounded out to the well-positioned Harry Kane who headed home from close range. It was a fantastic bit of instinctive forward play by the Englishman who did well to sort his feet out and stoop low to put Spurs 1-0 up.

Spurs could’ve had two not long after. Harry Kane flashed a ball across the box to the advancing Dele Alli but the ball just had a little too much zip on it. The ball was cleared by Dejan Lovren straight to Christian Eriksen whose volley towards a goal couldn’t be turned in at the far post by Harry Kane. Liverpool were lucky not to be 2-0 so early own.

Paulo Gazzaniga had an outstanding game for Spurs in the absence of Hugo Lloris in the Tottenham Hotspur goal. He managed to beat away Mo Salah’s stinging shot from the edge of the box and then made a remarkable recovery to get up and get in the way of Roberto Firmino’s rasping close-range effort. Gazzaniga then parried away an Alexander-Arnold strike to keep Spurs 1-0 up.

Son went close in the second half after rounding Alison and crashing a ball against the bar from a tight angle. On another day, Spurs could’ve had three here and they paid the price for their missed chances at Jordan Henderson made it 1-1. It was a tidy finish from the midfielder but Danny Rose didn’t do his job defending the ball which resulted to Henderson sneaking in at the back stick to guide the ball back across goal into the corner of the net.

Another calamitous error from Serge Aurier led to Liverpool being awarded a penalty. He looked to have recovered well in the penalty box and to have poked the ball away from Sadio Mane but then looked to clear the ball. The Liverpool forward got his body in-between Aurier and the ball and Aurier chopped him down. It’s another error from Serge Aurier in a Spurs shirt. Mo Salah stepped up and dispatched the penalty and giving Liverpool the win that keeps them six points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Man of the Match – Paulo Gazzaniga

What a performance from the Argentinian in Spurs’ goal. He denied Liverpool on numerous occasions making 12 saves. He kept Spurs in the game for large spells and has slotted into the side brilliantly well in the absence of the injured Hugo Lloris. A top performance.

Poch’s Thoughts

“We competed, if you compare the way we fight and compete it’s okay but maybe after scoring so early, we were only focussed on defending and keeping the result,” reflected Mauricio.

“In the second half it was more on the counter-attack when we conceded. They increased their level, we were unlucky we didn’t score the second goal and unlucky with the penalty that decided the game for them.

“We defended well, we were very committed and fought to try to stop them but at the end, we missed playing more football and that’s maybe why we feel disappointed.

“If you are on the pitch and it’s only about defending, it’s difficult to keep the ball and play. It was always going to be tough, but we have to keep pushing and keep working.”

Next Up

Spurs travel across Stanley Park to face Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday 3rd November 16:30.

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