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Liverpool had the opportunity to go 16 POINTS clear at the top of the Premier League as they travelled to face a struggling Tottenham Hotspur side. Jose Mourinho had parked the bus right from the get-go and after asking questions for the longest time, the Reds found the breakthrough in the 37th minute when Roberto Firmino powered the ball into the net.
Despite dominating chunks of the game, Liverpool had to endure some late fury from Spurs, who missed a few glorious chances to be left frustrated in the end. Jurgen Klopp’s side will take this narrow win though, which takes them a big step closer to sealing the league title many weeks before the competition actually ends!
Here are Liverpool vs Tottenham player ratings.
Jurgen Klopp (7.0) –
After struggling to properly deal with the defensive system at Old Trafford earlier this season, Klopp somewhat redeems himself here. He shaped his team to maintain total control and remain patient when it came to creating the goal. He’s turned Firmino into his ace-in-the-hole for away games and the Brazilian repays him back with another win.
Of course, Klopp won’t be entirely happy as his side were lucky not to concede late on. But he’s now also perfected how to grind victories and gains another one over Mourinho!
Alisson (6.5) –
Alisson’s leapt onto action whenever required, making a few routine saves and clutch clearances in the first half. Makes a solid save from Lamela’s attempt in the 89th. Holds onto Son’s added time attempt pretty strongly to see out the win and another clean-sheet!
Trent Alexander-Arnold (7.5) –
Alexander-Arnold’s being closed down quickly on the wings. Makes a solid tackle to deny Alli a scoring opportunity early on. Had a big chance to score in the 49th minute, but botched his volley well wide. Put in a fancy outside-of-the-foot cross for Mane’s chance in the 65th. But today TAA proved how rock-solid he can be defensively.
Kept Son’s threat quite contained throughout and pressed him into missing that big chance. Put in crucial challenges and proved that he can also help his side grind out a victory.
Virgil van Dijk (7.0) –
Virg has a big job ahead to keep Spurs pacy counter-attacks nullified. Almost scored the opener, but his powerful 22nd-minute header from close was saved. Makes an uncharacteristic two-footed lunge to stop Alli’s swift-break in the 56th. But VVD was commanding with his expert defensive work throughout, making timely clearances and keeping the pressure off Gomez as well.
Joe Gomez (5.5) –
Gomez’s been a bit sloppy in conceding possession cheaply in the early minutes. Booked in the 23rd for a cynical challenge on Son. Received a mouthful from Klopp for completely losing track of Lo Celso in the 82nd minute but lucky to see him miss from close. Bit lucky not to be punished today, but it’ll be a learning lesson for the young lad.
Andy Robertson (6.5) –
Robbo’s looking hungry in spiralling down the left flank. His crosses have been hot n’ cold before the break. Despite being a bit overly aggressive at times, Robertson did well to nullify Spurs delivery through his side. Marshalled forward with intent, putting in another end-to-end performance in a big game.
Jordan Henderson (7.0) –
Hendo’s been unusually susceptible to being robbed off possession by Spurs pressing in the high-intense start. Lobbed in an inviting cross in the 22nd for Van Dijk’s header. Was Brave winning the dual against Alli outside the area to help force Firmino’s goal. Helped his side endure the late whirlwind, distributed possession superbly and continued being a reliable #6 protecting his side sitting deep.
Gini Wijnaldum (7.0) –
Operating in a more flexible attacking role today, making some encouraging forward sprints early on. Always presented himself an option to pass into and helped Liverpool control possession. But he surprisingly gave the ball away resulting in Son’s big chance in the 75th minute.
Despite that oddball mistake, Gini poured his heart into the performance. He was almost everywhere all the time, putting in a tireless display to revitalize his side’s senses.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (6.5) –
Ox looks to be booming with adrenaline and hits the post in the 2nd minute after a thunderous swift-break. Tried one of his spectacular long-rangers at the end of the first half, only to see his shot skewer wide. Worked hard to aid his defenders and drive Liverpool forward, but subbed at the hour-mark to avoid any possible injury.
Mohamed Salah (6.0) –
Salah loves scoring against Spurs but been unusually quiet initially. Jumped into life as the game progressed and assisted Firmino with a clever pass. Put a shot wide from close range in the 42nd minute after outwitting Spurs defenders. Managed to get in some promising positions, but never got a proper shot at goal. Doesn’t get his customary goal in this game,
Sadio Mane (5.5) –
Going up against the debutant Tanganga today. Being a menace with his unpredictable movement. Skitters a shot over in the 35th minute. Had a strong header saved well in the 65th. Worked hard defensively, but just didn’t have enough venom in his fangs to cause real danger in the final third.
Roberto Firmino (7.5) –
Bobby started in fiery fashion and almost got his goal in the 2nd minute, but a goal-line clearance denied him after displaying some sweet movement. Linked well with Salah before creating the chance for Mane after the half-hour. After watching him miss, Bobby scored the opener himself, fooling Tanganga and blasting the ball into the net.
Troubled Spurs with his constant pressing and hit a shot at Gazzaniga in the 58th. Another clinical away-day performance from the irresistible Brazilian.
Adam Lallana (6.5) –
Lallana helped bring a more reassuring figure in midfield when Spurs started to turn up the heat. Pressed Spurs really hard and won back possession on numerous occasions to create counter-attacks.
Divock Origi (6.0) –
The super-sub brought a big apetite with him and almost got his goal late on after waltzing past a few defenders and shooting straight at Gazzaniga.
Xherdan Shaqiri (N/R) –
Shaqiri was involved in a few swift-breaks after coming on very late, but couldn’t really have an impact on the result.
While the defenders put on a solid showing today, I must give this to Firmino! He came up with the crucial winner, worked extremely hard, pressed Spurs tirelessly and proved why he’s so crucial for Liverpool’s success. Today’s performance shows why the fans won’t stop singing his name anytime soon.