Liverpool lay down a marker in the title race with a stunning last-minute win against Tottenham Hotspur to go three points clear at the top of the table
Liverpool came to the top of the table clash against Tottenham Hotspur on the back of a disappointing result against Fulham. The Reds buoyed by the prospect of going three points clear at the top of the table in front of their fans and started very brightly. Liverpool mounted on the pressure against defensive-minded Tottenham in early exchanges.
Most of the host’s shots were routine saves for Lloris at the start of the match. Jurgen Klopp’s side finally got their lucky break when Salah’s shot deflected off the Spurs defender to give them the lead. However, this joy was shortlived as Son equalized for Tottenham taking advantage of a lapse in concentration from Liverpool defense.
The Lilywhites came out attacking in the second half and had two chances to bury the game when Bergwijn hit the post and Kane failed to hit the target from 6 yards out. They were left to rue those missed opportunities when Roberto Firmino lost his marker and scored the winner in the last minute to the jubilation of two thousand Liverpool fans who were present at Anfield. Firmino’s goal could prove to be crucial in the title race at the end of the season.
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RHYS WILLIAMS STEPS UP FOR LIVERPOOL
Joel Matip’s failure to recover from a back injury meant youngster Rhys Williams was given his biggest test yet against the likes of Harry Kane and Son. The teenager has done well in the Champions League, but a game with Kane and Son to contend with was going to be a tough test.
Williams was partly at fault for the goal that the Reds conceded as Spurs got in behind the defender with some route-one football. Apart from that, however, he put in a good shift. Williams finished the game with six aerial duels won — the highest among all the players – and was also pretty composed on the ball.
His performance will come as a massive boost as it remains to be seen if Matip will be able to play regularly over the festive period. Klopp mentioned in the post-match press conference about how Spurs targeted Fabinho instead of showing how good Rhys was in the match.