Liverpool Fc went on top of the table after beating the visitors Tottenham Hotspur Fc 2-1 in the Premier League thanks to a late winner from Roberto Firmino.
Joël Matip was ruled out due to a back spasm and in place of the Cameroonian; the Reds Youth Academy Player Rhys Williams made his Premier League debut for Liverpool Fc.
This was the only change Liverpool Fc (The Reds) made to the side that was deployed against the hosts Fulham Fc. Naby Keita returned to the squad but was named on the bench for the encounter against the visitors Tottenham Hotspur Fc (Spurs).
As expected, the visitors were defending deep in numbers trying to nullify the Reds attack and looked to score on the counter attack. This was vintage Mourinho’s “Park the Bus” Tactics.
The Reds started brightly and dominated possession during the First Half. In the 11th Roberto Firmino had his header saved by Hugo Lloris following an assist from Andrew Robertson.
Despite the chances been created by the Reds, they were unable to capitalise. In the 21st minute Robertson broke down on the left and rolled the ball in the Penalty Box to Mohamed Salah but the Egyptian shot the ball straight to Lloris.
The Reds broke the deadlock in the 26th minute as a shot from Salah took a massive deflection off Toby Alderweireld and the ball looped on to the right top corner of the net.
Against the run of play, Son Heung-min struck the ball into the bottom left corner of the net after beating the offside trap following a through ball from Giovani Lo Celso. VAR later verified the Goal.
Lloris came to the rescue for the Spurs as a cross from Trent Alexander-Arnold was met by Firmino but was saved by Lloris.
Adding more to the frustration, the Reds had another chance to restore the lead in the 41st minute as Sadio Mané maneuvered his way but struck his shot straight to Lloris.
The First Half ended with the scores levelled at 1-1.
After the Second Half began, Steven Bergwijn narrowly gave the Visitors a lead in 46th minute but missed his shot.
Both sides looked to take the lead but the Reds were culpable of missing many Goal scoring opportunities. Mané missed his shot following an assist from Alexander-Arnold in the 55th minute.
Bergwijn gave the Reds a might scare his shot hit the post after an assist from Heung-min in the 63rd minute. Following an assist from Robertson in the 73rd minute, Mané also came close to restoring the lead for the Reds after smashing his shot but the ball hit the crossbar.
Surprisingly, Klopp did not make a single substitution even after his counterpart Mourinho brought on 3 substitutes.
Finally, with the Match edging close to a draw; a bullet header from Firmino from Robertson Corner Kick sealed the win for the Reds.
The result meant that the Reds went on top of the table.
Reds Team Performance Ratings
Liverpool (4-3-3 Formation)
Alisson Becker – 7: Forced in to saving the shot from Harry Kane following a poor clearance from the Brazilian but did not had much to do and could not do anything with the Spurs equaliser.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7: Much improved performance from the young Englishman. Full of energy, defended well and slowly getting back to usual best especially going forward.
Rhys Williams – 8: Very matured performance by the youngster especially playing his First Premier League Match. Repeatedly got tested by the Spurs attack but calmly dealt with the threat.
Fabinho – 8: Continuing to play in an unfamiliar position and done a commendable job in keeping the Spurs at bay. Intercepted and timed his tackles perfectly.
Andrew Robertson – 8: Always alert to threat from the Spurs attack and energetic moving forward. His Corner Kick in the Second Half resulted in the winner.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 7: Shielded the defence well and was calm under pressure when the Dutchman was pressed by the Spurs Midfielders.
Jordan Henderson – 7: Led the team well and made his presence felt in the middle of the park. A bit sloppy in his passing.
Curtis Jones – 7: Architect of the opening Goal and did not put a foot wrong throughout the Match.
Sadio Mané – 7: Unlucky not to score but was a constant menace to the Spurs Defence.
Roberto Firmino – 7: Needed time to get a grip of the game and besides his brilliant link up with Salah and Mané, the Brazilian scored the winning Goal.
Mohamed Salah – 8: Scored the opening Goal. Any other day, the Egyptian could have scored a Hattrick but his shots were denied by Lloris.
No Substitutes were used.
Jürgen Klopp – 8: Without his usual Centre Back Stalwarts, this was a job well done by the Charismatic Coach and he did not use a single substitute for the entire Match. Everyone expected Mourinho’s Spurs to sit back and defend, then look to score Goals on the counter.
So, the Reds especially after Fulham Fc Away Game needed to play with more intent and energy. This Match may very well be the turning point of the Season as Manchester City Fc looks like a shadow of their former self and only Spurs looked like a real threat to the Reds Back-to-Back Title aspirations.
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