This Liverpool-Tottenham Hotspurs fixture was the highlight of the weekend--facing off in a ‘rerun’ of the Madrid Champions League final this past June--but this time kicking off at Anfield.
Liverpool came back in the second half, as usual, marking a 2-1 victory over the Spurs.
This game didn’t come easy for the Reds… but does it ever?
Only 47 seconds in, the Spurs went in front with Harry Kane’s brilliant header. He knows where the goal is, he knows where to be at all times.
Kane’s header was a result of Moussa Sissoko’s initial challenging footwork through the midfield passing it to Son Heung-min. Son shot but it took a deflection and blasted off the bar, onto Kane’s head, and into Alisson Becker’s goal.
Liverpool got great chances but were unlucky with their finishing off the set pieces.
52 minutes in, Reds Captain Jordan Henderson leveled his team with the Spurs after a left-footed volley with strong control that he thrashed into the far corner of the net, making it 1-1.
Mohamed Salah took many shots but was finding trouble planting the goals, until Sadio Mane drew in a penalty around the 74th minute, after Serge Aurier brought him down in a clear foul.
Spurs fans began tweeting their animosity towards Aurier, saying things like: “All VAR needed to check was the name on the defender’s shirt,” and “Serge Aurier. A liability almost every time he walks on a football pitch.”
Salah took the penalty and brilliantly booted it in past Spurs keeper and Argentine Paulo Gazzaniga, who stood quite still as the powerful kick was slammed in.
The Spurs could’ve equalized it in the 89th minute with Danny Rose’s powerful shot, but he fired it off too high, although the assist was perfectly placed for him.
Both teams fought until the end and played with energy throughout.
Liverpool stay at the top of the Prem table with 28 points, while the Spurs are sitting at 11th place with 12 points.
The Reds will be taking on Arsenal this Wednesday in the Football League Cup at 2:30 PM CT and will face Aston Villa on Saturday in a Prem match at 10:00 AM CT.