Spurs 1-3 Liverpool: The Verdict

Stephen Killen

Spurs XI: Lloris, Rodon, Dier, Davies, Aurier, Ndombele, Hojbjerg, Doherty, Bergwijn, Kane, Son.
LFC XI: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Henderson, Robertson, Wijnaldum, Thiago, Milner, Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Goals: 49′ Hojbjerg, 45′ Firmino, 47′ TAA, 65′ Mane
Subs: 45′ Winks & Lamela (on for Aurier & Kane), 81′ Bale (on for Bergwijn); 45′ Phillips (on for Matip), 78′ Jones (on for Thiago)
Bookings: 30′ Bergwijn; 24′ Thiago, 50′ Phillips.

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Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mané fired Liverpool to three points shattering their winless Premier League run.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg responded immediately after the Reds doubled their lead but the Senegalese international restored their two-goal lead.

It was a goal either side of half-time as Roberto Firmino poked home after the Spurs defence were carved open as Jordan Henderson and Sadio Mane combined.

Trent Alexander-Arnold fired Liverpool into a two goal lead, just minutes after the restart.

Although their two-goal lead was shortlived as Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s thunderbolt gave the hosts a glimmer of hope.

Joe Rodon’s mistake was pounced upon by the lethal Mane.

The Video Assistant Referee will steal the headlines but not for the first time this calendar year.

Heung-min Son’s strike was narrowly judged offside in the opening minutes before Mohamed Salah’s second half strike was ruled out for a handball in the build-up.

Action-Packed First Half as Liverpool Lead

Spurs thought they went ahead after two minutes, seconds after Sadio Mane missed a guilt-edged chance, Heung-min Son fired under Alisson Becker but VAR came to Liverpool’s rescue.

The first half portrayed an open and expansive game of football, enjoyable for the neutral as both teams powered forward in search of an opening goal.

Sadio Mane, shoulder to shoulder with Serge Aurier flew into the box, his effort stung the palms of Hugo Lloris.

Into first half stoppage time, the eight hour goal drought was over and it was Firmino tapping home from Mane’s cross.

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We looked good defensively, we did well to thwart the Spurs’ attacking threat.

Joel Matip, that last-ditch tackle on Son..
However, Trent’s movement into an inverted wingback position has led to him getting caught out of position. One occasion when Son shot straight at Ali with the freedom of White Hart Lane ahead of him.
TAA performed an awful lot better in the first half. You can see this rut we’re in is one he wants to drag us out of.We were still lacking that luck. The lucky bounces or ricochets that squirm into the path of a redshirt. Rodon makes a last-ditch tackle, hits Davies and loops over the scrambling Mane. Urgh.
Liverpool playing fluidly, full-backs marauding forward of old. Salah, Firmino and Mane looking dangerous. The latter two combined for the opening goal.Martin Atkinson, whatever Spurs sold him, he bought.
Positives & Negatives from the First Half

Goals Galore

Liverpool came out firing in the second half as Hugo Lloris parried right into the path of Alexander-Arnold who fired into the bottom corner.

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But Spurs responded immediately as Hojbjerg rifled one home with a terrific volley.

Mohamed Salah made it three with a thunderous left-footed strike, but a handball from Firmino meant it was chalked off by VAR.

The Reds made it three once again but this time there was no problem with that as Mane fired into the roof of the net after Joe Rodon’s mistake.

Jurgen Klopp’s side professionally saw out the game and got their first win of 2021.

Liverpool Transfer Room Verdict

Following the game, we asked LFCTR Writers; Priyasha and Ritchie for their match reaction.

Priyasha’s Verdict (@lfcpriya11):

After almost a month of negative reviews, Priyasha was over the moon to deliver a happier response, she said:

How good was that! We are finally playing like ourselves again. The brightest positive of the match?

“Trent Alexander-Arnold is back.

“Mane got his head together after a shocking first half, Firmino was class, Mo was unlucky to not score.

Milner was sensational and our captain was a rock at the back.

Most deserved win of this season, and so important to kick off our season again.

Ritchie’s Verdict (@Slack_9):

Ritchie was elated with the Reds display tonight, he said: “Fantastic result away from home against a tricky opponent in Spurs. The goals are back and the sharpness was there to see.

“Trent looks revitalised and picked up the highest rating from the match.

Ritchie added: “Only concern is the injury to Joel Matip and the lack of any senior CB currently fit at the club.

Great to be back to winning ways and the goals flowing; long may it continue!!!

Stephen’s Verdict (@SteKillenBL):

The ruthless Reds are almost back.

What a performance. Trent back amongst the assists, Mane and Firmino amongst the goals.

We looked good, we finished our chances and we actually defended well.

Couldn’t of done anything about Hojbjerg’s strike, you’ll see that in the highlight reels in May.

Onto Sunday now, still in the capital, West Ham are on a high, it was nice of them to warm fourth up for us but it’s time to push on.

We have a couple of days left in the window, let’s get defensive reinforcements in. Subotic, Militao, anyone. We need back up, no we need a first team, out and out centre back.

A thoroughly, thoroughly deserved goal for Trent.Losing Joel Matip at half-time, which leaves no senior centre-backs for Liverpool ahead of huge month
Sadio back amongst the goals, Trent’s assist. It’s very very positive. We need to maintain this momentum now for Sunday. It is a negative, but what a strike from Hojbjerg.
We looked really good in both halves, it could’ve been a different story had VAR not intervened when Son struck early. Normal service resumed.. VAR chalking out a Liverpool goal.
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