Liverpool survive a late scare to exact revenge over Spurs

Liverpool survive a late scare to exact revenge over Spurs

Liverpool survive a late scare to exact revenge over Spurs

Jurgen Klopp and his players were all smiles again this afternoon, after exacting revenge on Tottenham with a 4 - 2 victory at Anfield.

The result means Liverpool can still mathematically win the title, though they need both City and Arsenal to drop points in all their remaining games, but the Reds are now guaranteed to finish the season no lower than third after Aston Villa lost earlier in the day.

  • Jurgen Klopp makes just one change from the team that drew with West Ham last weekend
  • Salah returns to the starting XI, at the expense of Ryan Gravenberch
  • Liverpool starts brightly, with Salah heading Liverpool into the lead on 16 minutes
  • Andy Robertson taps in from close range on the stroke of half-time

HALF-TIME - Liverpool 2 - 0 Tottenham

  • Liverpool continue to dominate, with Gakpo heading in from an Elliott cross on 50 minutes 
  • Harvey Elliott scores a stunning long-range effort, curling into the top corner
  • Tottenham threatened to spoil the party with two late goals from Richarlison and Son, but Liverpool held on to win

FULL-TIME - Liverpool 4 - 2 Tottenham

Match Summary

Liverpool's recent poor run came to an end on a sunny afternoon at Anfield, as the Reds put Tottenham to the sword, and exacted revenge for the 2 - 1 defeat they suffered earlier in the season.

With Liverpool's title challenge all but over, and Champions League football confirmed for next season, the Reds had little to play for, but that freedom saw the Reds produce some of their best football of recent months, as they overpowered a weak Tottenham side, to secure a much-needed victory at Anfield.

Before the match, most of the talk centered around whether Klopp would pick Mo Salah, following the touchline bust-up between the pair during last week's game at West Ham.  Klopp insists the issue has been forgotten, with Salah not only starting the game but also producing his best display since recovering from injury several months ago.

Indeed, most of Liverpool's players had excellent games, with Cody Gakpo grabbing a goal and an assist, as did Harvey Elliott, whose 20-yard curler into the top corner was the pick of the goals.  Elliott also setup Gakpo with a lovely cross to the far post, with the skillful midfielder showing once again why Liverpool's future is still bright, even without Jurgen Klopp as its leader.

Tottenham threatened an unlikely comeback late in the second half, but by that point, they were already four goals down, with the only worry for Liverpool that they could not keep a clean sheet.  That is something new Head Coach Arne Slot will need to address next season if Liverpool is to push for the title once again, but for now, Klopp, the players, and fans can enjoy a much-needed win.

Liverpool vs Tottenham match stats (Premier League)

Possession
Liverpool 46% - 54% Tottenham

Total Shots
Liverpool 25 - 11 Tottenham

Shots on Target
Liverpool 13 - 6 Tottenham

Corners
Liverpool 8 - 3 Tottenham

Fouls
Liverpool 14 - 12 Tottenham

Player of the Match

Harvey Elliott - 8/10 - Another impressive display from the young midfielder, with a lovely cross for Gakpo's header, before a stunning 20-yard strike for Liverpool's fourth goal.

What's Next

Liverpool travels to Villa Park to face Aston Villa, in Jurgen Klopp's penultimate game before he retires at the end of the season.  The match takes place on Monday, 13th of May 2024, with kick-off at 20:00 GMT.

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  1. SA Sport

    Mohamed Salah was the catalyst for Liverpool’s 4-2 Premier League victory over a porous Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.

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