Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham: Salah hits winner as Klopp’s men sink Spurs

Mohamed Salah struck the winner as Premier League leaders Liverpool came from behind to clinch a 2-1 victory over Tottenham.

Harry Kane scored after 47 seconds at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp’s men, for all their dominance of the ball, struggled to cope with Tottenham’s fast breaks and the irrepressible Son Heung-min.

Son was instrumental in creating the opener for the in-form Kane, who has scored five goals in his last five games for club and country, and Liverpool found Paulo Gazzaniga at his best in the Spurs goal as they pressed hard for an equaliser.

Harry Kane shocked Anfield with his early strike© Phil Noble/Reuters Harry Kane shocked Anfield with his early strike

That goal arrived courtesy of a Danny Rose error that let in Jordan Henderson to score, and Salah fired the winner from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier felled Sadio Mane in the box.

The result restored Liverpool’s six-point lead over second-placed Manchester City, while mid-table Tottenham are without a league win in their last three attempts.

Moussa Sissoko launched Tottenham into an immediate attack, feeding Son Heung-min who turned inside Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson before crashing a deflected shot onto the post, and Kane was on hand to steer the rebound home with a diving header.

Son Heung-min came agonisingly close to doubling Tottenham's lead after rounding Alisson and hitting the bar© Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters Son Heung-min came agonisingly close to doubling Tottenham’s lead after rounding Alisson and hitting the bar

Christian Eriksen went agonisingly close to doubling Tottenham’s lead, rolling a shot just wide after Dele Alli’s cut-back as the visitors’ counter-attacks wrought havoc.

But Liverpool began to dominate and were unfortunate not to equalise as Salah stung Gazzaniga’s palms with a pair of powerful drives from the edge of the box and Virgil van Dijk’s bullet header was tipped over the bar by the Argentina international.

Jordan Henderson wheels away after equalising© Phil Noble/Reuters Jordan Henderson wheels away after equalising

Gazzaniga saved well from Roberto Firmino before releasing Son who smacked a shot onto the crossbar with Alisson beaten, but Liverpool drew level moments later.

Andy Robertson’s high ball into the box was poorly dealt with by Danny Rose whose header played in Henderson, and the England midfielder sent a shot bouncing into the far left corner of the net.

Tottenham defended bravely as Liverpool chased a winner, but Mane was caught by Aurier with 15 minutes left and the referee pointed to the spot without hesitation.

Mo Salah had the final say to maintain Liverpool's six-point lead at the Premier League summit© Alex Livesey/Getty Images Mo Salah had the final say to maintain Liverpool’s six-point lead at the Premier League summit

Salah rattled a clinical spot-kick past Gazzaniga and the Reds shut the door thereafter, leaving Spurs with one point from their last three league games.

What does it mean? Spurs on the slide

Tottenham have dropped into the bottom half of the Premier League table after picking up just three wins from their first 10 games of the season, while Liverpool remain unbeaten and seemingly unstoppable at the top.

Son still shines in defeat

Tottenham’s best moments all involved the fleet-footed Son, who tormented Dejan Lovren and almost doubled the visitors’ lead early in the second half.

Rose wilts under pressure

Liverpool might not have found a way back into the game had Rose not presented Henderson with such a golden chance to equalise, and the Spurs full-back should have done better with his header.

What’s next?

Liverpool return to Anfield on Wednesday evening when they face Arsenal in the EFL Cup, while Tottenham have a week to prepare for a trip to Goodison Park to face Everton on Sunday.

Source: Goal.com

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