Match Report: Spurs vs Liverpool
Spurs show their strength with a ruthless 4-1 victory over Liverpool at Wembley Stadium. Liverpool’s defence, and Lovren in particular, proved slow and inattentive from the outset as Kane punished the Red back-four twice in 12 minutes. In the fifth minute of the match, Lovren tried to play Harry Kane offside and could only watch as the English centre-forward sprinted away from him, only to chip it over Mignolet to give Tottenham the lead. Not seven minutes later, Hugo Lloris launched the ball upfield where Lovren, unpressured, should have met it on the halfway line with a header. Instead, he mistimed his jump completely, leaving Harry Kane clear to run onward and feed Son, who had no problems doubling the Spurs lead with ease.
Tottenham showed no signs of slowing down and continued to cut through the red defence like soft cheese. Son has a fantastic opportunity to bag a brace on 16 minutes, but his resounding effort ricocheted off the crossbar and away from danger. Liverpool began to find their feet midway through the second half, and Jordan Peterson played Salah through to scuff a shot that dribbled past the Frenchman between the sticks.
Unfortunately for Liverpool, the reduced deficit didn’t last long. This time Joel Matip came up short with a poor clearance of Eriksen’s free kick, giving Dele Alli the perfect opportunity to volley the ball into the bottom left-hand corner. The score was 3-1.
The fourth and final goal followed the same pattern as the first three, only this time it was Liverpool keeper Mignolet who failed to command his box from the incoming corner. With a faint punch, Mignolet knocked the ball into the path of Vertonghen. The Belgian’s initial effort was blocked on the line only to be finished off by Kane to make it four. A game that was truly characterised by a crumbling defence meant that Tottenham took all three points, with three clear goals.
Spurs vs Liverpool Attendance
Wembley Stadium: 80,827
Starting Line-ups: Spurs vs Liverpool
Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Alderweirald, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Trippier, Eriksen, Winks, Alli, Aurier, Kane, Son
Liverpool: Mignolet, Gomez, Matip, Lovren, Moreno, Milner, Henderson, Can, Coutinho, Firmino, Salah
“I am very pleased because Tuesday was amazing effort and today another amazing effort from the team. I am very happy about that. The first half was fantastic and then in the second we scored again and looked to dominate the game. We were very clinical, it is important to not only play well but to be clinical in front of the goal. We knew very Liverpool would try to play, they are a great team and have a great manager, but we just focused on yourself, now we need to focus for Wednesday. We have now started to build our confidence in Wednesday”
Man of the Match
Kaner has just been on explosive form so far this season and this game was no different, it only took him five minutes to punish Liverpool before bagging his brace in the second half. He is having such a great season and most certainly deserves the Man of the Match award.
What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?
Its a London derby for Spurs as they host West Ham in the second round of the Carabao Cup. In the Premier League, the play Man Utd this weekend at the Theatre of Dreams.