Match Report: Liverpool vs Spurs
In a turbulent 2-2 draw at Anfield, Harry Kane scores a last-minute penalty after missing an earlier attempt from the spot.
There were two players, specifically, that stole the show at this incredible clash on Sunday. The first has to be Tottenham’s Harry Kane, purely on the basis that he scored his 100th Premier League goal in a remarkable 141 appearances. It may have been from the spot, it may have been in stoppage time, he may have missed a penalty just ten minutes earlier, but joining the 100 club is no easy task, and Kane deserves special recognition for doing it in a modest 141 games. The second player is Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah. Salah has been a dynamic addition to the Liverpool squad and has impressed fans all season. Sunday was no different as he netted both Liverpool goals on the 3rd and 85th minute-marks.
Liverpool started the game with force and played high against Tottenham, applying pressure from the outset. This pressure proved too much for Dier early on, whose ill-timed and weak-powered back-pass to Hugo Lloris was easily intercepted by Salah, giving him no issue slotting it behind Lloris with ease from 10 yards out.
Liverpool continued to set the tempo for the first half. However, Spurs came out with a more attacking-mindset of their own during the second period. Jurgen Klopp switched the Liverpool formation to accommodate five defenders in the back as Tottenham seemed to gather momentum during the last 15 minutes of the game. However, this switch seemed in vain as Victor Wanyama, with the outside of his boot, rocketed the ball past Karius in spectacular fashion. The score was 1-1.
Not 5 minutes later Kane was brought down by Karius in the penalty area and it was up to the Englishman to secure his 100th League goal and to claim victory for Spurs. It was not to be; his effort to put the ball down the centre of the net was anticipated by Karius who parried it out of contention. A few minutes later, Salah had beaten two Spurs defenders to slot home his second, and what he must have thought was the winner at Anfield. But low and behold, van Dijk brought down Erik Lamela in the area to give Spurs yet another chance to equalise from the spot. Kane wasn’t about to miss two. He equalised for Spurs in stoppage time, and by doing so, brought a riveting evening at Anfield to a close.
Liverpool vs Spurs Attendance
Starting Line-ups: Liverpool vs Spurs
Liverpool: Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, van Dijk, Robertson, Can Henderson, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Trippier, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Davies, Dier, Dembélé, Son, Eriksen, Alli, Kane
“What an amazing game, a great game to watch. We tried to play exciting football, we were a lot better in the second half. We conceded after 3 minutes. If you analyse the 90 minutes, Tottenham were the better team. Wanyama scored an amazing goal, it came at a time when were playing a lot better as a team.”
Man of the Match
It was Mo Salah who took Man of the Match after a blinding performance from the Egyptian international. Salah added two goals to his collection of 19 this season, the second in spectacular fashion. It is a heated race between Salah and Harry Kane for the coveted golden boot this year.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Tottenham Hotspur will play Newport Count for the second time in their FA Cup replay, before a big ol’ North London derby next Saturday. Watch. This. Space.