Premier League leaders, Liverpool, fought back from a goal down to beat Tottenham in a pulsating match at Anfield on Sunday.
After 48 seconds, harry Kane gave Tottenham the lead. But Jordan Henderson leveled at the start of the second half and Mohamed Salah’s late penalty gave them a vital victory.
Sunday’s victory means Liverpool has won every game they have played at Anfield this season. They also maintain their unbeaten run in the league in 2019/20 and restores their six-point lead at the top of the table.
“It was a massive win for Liverpool because they knew they could not afford to drop any more points after drawing with Manchester United last week.” Said Ian Wright.
“They are relentless. What I liked is that their manager showed again that they can change things mid-game if they are not working. They found a way to win.”
The first half
Wright says, “Paulo Gazzaniga was magnificent. But what impressed me about Spurs was how they had their old intensity back.”
“Right from the start, everyone was closing Liverpool down making life uncomfortable for them. They put them under pressure by coming out quickly and getting in their faces.”
“When they won the ball back, they had plenty of bodies going forward with the pace too.”
“Defensively, it was the sort of performance we have not seen enough form Spurs this season. There was a desire about them when they did not have possession.”
“When you do what Spurs were doing and getting so many men forward when you get the ball, that is not a defensive way of playing. They caused Liverpool a lot of problems with their counter-attacks.”
The question at half time was whether Tottenham could keep going and continue working so hard to defend their lead. They did that, but Liverpool still found a way through.”
“Spurs were well organized and gave everything. But in the end, Liverpool just wore them down.”
“The penalty that won them the game came from a mistake by Spurs defender, Serge Aurier after a long ball and a foot race between him and Sadio Mane. But Liverpool won the game because they just kept on going forward in search of goals.”
“The moment Mane got the ball, there was a potential car crash happening. Aurier had no awareness of where mane was.”
“Mane was clever and got his leg in there-between the defender and the ball. But that is not just one penalty that Aurier concedes. It is two or three. He catches him a few times.”
“When Salah puts the penalty away, people might think the keeper has not moved. But the has just jumped off the ground at the exact time Mo has hit it.”
The most impressive part of the match was Liverpool. Their patience and the fact that after their near-miss last season, they know what it takes to win the title.
They are aware draws are not good for them now and they have to go for the win. And this time, they found another way of getting it.