It was a nail biting finish against Tottenham as Liverpool managed to squeeze the ball past the line in the 90th minute to leapfrog Manchester City. The Reds are now first in the table, ahead by two points with an extra game played.
Roberto Firmino’s first half opener set the tone as Liverpool ran rampant and overwhelmed Tottenham. But a change in shape gave the visitors the upper hand and they came out of the break looking well-oiled.Embed from Getty Images
Lucas Moura levelled for the visitors and it seemed like City had placed one hand on the trophy…
But Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool never dipped their heads. A Mohamed Salah header was redirected in by Toby Alderweireld in the dying moments of the game. Anfield erupted and Liverpool secured all three points.
In what could prove to be a pivotal game in the title race, here’s how @Hormiz_LFC rated the Reds.
Alisson – 6.5
Alisson was uncharacteristically nervous in possession today. Wasn’t good with his feet and had a few iffy moments when coming out for the ball. Didn’t cause any damage because of this, however.
Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8.5
Liverpool’s main outlet in the first half were the full-backs. TAA provided a fantastic option on the right and delivered some great balls into the box.
Defensively he did well to stand up to the likes of Lucas and Danny Rose. It was his ball that led to the winner.Embed from Getty Images
Joël Matip – 7
Apart from a few times when he rushed out of defence when that probably wasn’t the best decision, Joël Matip continues his good run of form alongside van Dijk as he kept Tottenham’s excellent attackers quiet all game.
Virgil van Dijk – 9
What a player! Virgil van Dijk has arguably been the best player in the league this season and just keeps on getting better and better. He didn’t give Harry Kane a sniff all game long. His brilliant defending against Moussa Sissoko and Heung-Min Son in a 2v1 situation was just as important as the winner.
Andy Robertson – 8.5
Just like Trent, Andy Robertson was Liverpool’s main attacking outlet in the first half. He caused Spurs all sorts of problems with his energy up and down the left.
His cross for Firmino’s opener was inch perfect and his block on Christian Eriksen denied a certain goal.Embed from Getty Images
Jordan Henderson – 6
Not the worse performance from the captain today, but he did leave a lot to be desired. Jordan Henderson started the game off well, but then started to get sloppy in possession. Gave the ball away far too often, putting Liverpool under pressure.
James Milner – 6.5
Another decent but not great performance in midfield today. James Milner, like always, provided energy and grit but didn’t do much else.
Georginio Wijnaldum – 6.5
Just like his midfield partners, the game kind of passed Georginio Wijnaldum by.
Sadio Mané – 7
Couldn’t continue his goal scoring form against Tottenham but still provided a great outlet on the left.
Mohamed Salah – 7.5
Mohamed Salah was a handful on the right for Rose, while also working his socks off tracking back to defend. He topped off a great game with the header that led to the winner.Embed from Getty Images
Roberto Firmino – 7.5
A typical Roberto Firmino performance. Ran a lot, made space for others, did some nice tricks and flicks and scored a great goal to open the scoring.
Fabinho – 8
Changed the game when he came on in the 77th minute. Fabinho gave the midfield the solidity it was lacking and allowed Liverpool to take control of the game. Should be one of the first names on the team sheet.Embed from Getty Images
Divock Origi – 7
Just like in recent weeks, Divock Origi came off the bench and provided Liverpool with pace and energy down the left. Gave the side a little something different late on. Did well beating his man a few times and crossing from the byline.
Dejan Lovren – N/A
Coming on in the 90th minutes after the winner to secure the lead. His first appearance since the beginning of January.