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Tuesday 20th March 2018

Dramatic Late Winner Puts Liverpool Back on Top of The Table

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Ahmed Ahmed

Mon, 01 Apr 2019 11:52 GMT

An own goal from Toby Alderweireld in injury time gave Liverpool a crucial 2-1 victory over Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday March 31st. The goal takes Jurgen Klopp's side back to the top of the Premier League as the race for title heats up.

Spurs had the better exchanges early on, but it was Liverpool who took the lead against the run of play. In the 16th minute Andrew Robertson's cross was headed into the back-of-the-net by Roberto Firmino as the home side went ahead. 

The goal seemed to kick the hosts into action as both Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane fired efforts wide shortly after. Mo Salah was also denied a shot at goal by a last-ditch tackle by Davinson Sanchez. 

Dele Alli fired a half-volley over the bar on the half hour mark as Spurs also showed a threat. Mane was inches away from doubling the lead as his curled effort flew just wide of the post from outside the area.

In the second half, the visitors had their best chance yet. Just before the hour mark Harry Kane's shot was saved by Liverpool goalkeeper Allison before Robertson's brilliant block denied Christian Eriksen on the follow up. A minute later a counter-attack lead to Salah running at the Spurs defence but, with Mane free on his left, the Egyptian decided to go for a shot which was blocked by Alderweireld. 

The visitor's equaliser came in the 70th minute. Kieran Tripper controlled a long ball in the Liverpool area before playing in Eriksen who in turn picked out Lucas Moura to strike into the net.

The hosts threw men forward in response as Alexander-Arnold's shot was tipped just over the bar by Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Substitute Divock Origi had a free-kick deflected narrowly wide. 

The away side had the best chance on the counter-attack. A break led to a two on one in Tottenham's favour, but brilliant defending by Virgil Van Dijk prevented Moussa Sissoko from playing in Son Heung-Min, as the Frenchman was forced to take the shot on his weaker left foot which then went over the bar.

The winning goal came in the 90th minute. Alexander-Arnold's cross was headed towards the goal by Mo Salah. Lloris' save came off Alderweireld before trickling over the line.

The result put Liverpool back on top of the Premier League, two points ahead of Manchester City who have a game in hand.  

Liverpool Manager Klopp spoke to BBC after the game "The first half was good in difficult circumstances for both teams for different reasons. Both teams have been much fresher and have been sprinting quicker [this season]. We were the better side. We scored the goal and had other chances. In the second half the only thing they really changed was that they built-up with four instead of five. We struggled a bit. We couldn't really get in touch. We changed system and conceded five minutes later.  

"I wouldn't say the Spurs goal helped us, but it didn't shock us. We were then better in the game. First half it was easy to switch the sides and second half I have no clue why we didn't do it as often as we should.

"Then you have to stay in the game and the whole stadium stayed in game. Then we had a lucky punch."

But Spurs' top four hopes suffered another defeat leaving them third in the table, level on points with fourth place Manchester United. If Arsenal beat Newcastle at the Emirates on Monday, April 1st, they will rise above Spurs to third place. Manager Mauricio Pochettino spoke to the BBC, "We are all disappointed but at the same time we have to be happy with our second half performance.

"We were a little bit unlucky to concede the second goal when we should have been ahead because we dominated Liverpool, who are a very good team.

"No one wants to lose but it's a different defeat than the ones we suffered against Southampton or Burnley. We cannot say it's positive, but now we start from zero and we can achieve what we want.

"I was telling the players in the changing room, we have seven games and we are in the top four and we need to compete. It's a mini league and, playing the way we played today, I think we can achieve the top four.


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