Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham – Heartache at Anfield.

Last night saw the first time in history that both the sides met whilst occupying first and second on the table, each looking to get one over on their title challenger.

Both clubs were coming off the back of disappointing draws at the hands of Crystal Palace and Fulham respectively, intending to put the record straight in what would be a tight contest.

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After what could only be described as a frustrating evening at Selhurst Park, Jose Mourinho made two changes from the side that took a point away at Crystal Palace. Tanguy Ndombele dropped to the bench for Giovani Lo Celso, while birthday boy Sergio Reguilon made way for the surprise inclusion of Ben Davies.

Beating Liverpool over the past few seasons has been a tough task in itself, but beating the Reds at Anfield has been something that no Premier League club has been able to achieve in three years. Jurgen Klopp’s side has not suffered a home defeat since the 2-1 loss against Sam Allardyce’s Crystal Palace in April 2017.

From the offset it was apparent that Mourinho would employ his traditional ‘park the bus’ tactic against last season champions, as Spurs soaked up pressure while Liverpool were able to dictate the tempo of the game.

Despite having a fair few amount of chances, the combination of Hugo Lloris and the Spurs backline had kept Liverpool at bay, until Mohammed Salah’s deflected strike gave the Merseyside outfit a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute.

In classic Mourinho fashion, Spurs did not have to wait long for an equaliser as seven minutes after Salah’s strike, Heung-Min Son tucked away his 11th goal of the season.

Spurs once again showed why they are one of the best counter attacking teams in Europe, as a driving Giovani Lo Celso played a ball in behind the Liverpool defence to the South-Korean, who made no mistake by slotting the ball past Allison.

However the first half action wasn’t done there, as Lloris was able to stop Salah from restoring Liverpool’s lead. The World Cup winning goalkeeper was able to get down a parry the Egyptian’s shot away to safety, moments before the two sides headed down the tunnel.

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Steven Bergwijn was able to start the second half on more of a positive note for Tottenham by being able to shield off pressure from Trent Alexander-Arnold before narrowly putting the ball past the post.

Not long after Bergwijn’s attempt, Harry Kane almost pulled off the spectacular by attempting to chip Allison from 30 yards out, but the Brazilian goalkeeper was able to recover and acrobatically tip the ball over the bar.

The first change of the evening was made by Spurs in the 58th minute with Lucas Moura entering play in exchange for Lo Celso, who left on a yellow card.

Although the second half had become tougher for Liverpool, they were still piling on the pressure as Salah once again was denied by Lloris who pushed an awkward shot behind him.

If there was a moment for Spurs to take the lead then Steven Bergwijn and Harry Kane needed to make their chances count. On the counter, Son managed to flick the ball on for Bergwijn, who somehow hit the post despite being one-on-one with the Liverpool keeper with defenders nowhere to be seen.

Seconds later, Harry Kane got onto the end of a Tottenham corner and somehow managed to send a header past the post from six yards out.. A rare occurrence for the hot in-form striker.

A few minutes later, Sadio Mane smartly spun Toby Alderwiereld before letting off a lethal attempt which flew past Lloris, but off the crossbar and out of play.

Bergwijn’s evening was an up and down affair, as he was subsituted for Reguilon in the 76th minute. Suggesting that Mourinho would be trying to hold on for a point. While Son left the field for Dele Alli in the 87th minute.

Just when it looked like Spurs were going to avoid defeat at Anfield, they went back to their old ways and allowed Roberto Firmino to win an uncontested header from an Andy Robertson corner in the 90th minute.

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Jose Mourinho expressed his dissatisfaction with the result, believing that Spurs should have come away with the victory. A statement that expresses the views of many Tottenham supporters.

“The best team lost and he (Klopp) disagreed but that’s his opinion.” Mourinho said

“I think even a draw would have left us not with the best taste because we had them there to win it.

“It was not just about the big chances it was the moments of the big chances and the moment was when they were in trouble in their worst moment and we had it there to kill it but we missed it.

“Normally at matches at this level you pay and I thought we would pay just taking a point.

“In the end we didn’t even take a point, so it is very disappointing. But looking at the performance I am happy with the team, with the proposal of going to a match to win it.”

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The disappointing result now means that Liverpool have regained their spot at the top of the Premier League table, while Spurs currently sit three points behind in second place. Mourinho will be hoping that his old club, Manchester United don’t come back to bite him as they will leapfrog Spurs if they are able to win their two game’s in hand.

Spurs will now turn their attention to Leicester City, who visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday. Three points against the Foxes will allow the Lilywhites to stay close to Liverpool, who head to Selhurst Park to face Crystal Palace in a fixture that certainly won’t be easy for the Reds.

The main takeaway from last night is that both teams are fiercely matched this season, and will be in and around the top come the end of the season for sure. Whether it be a surprise season from Tottenham or Liverpool retaining their control of the Premier League, remains to be seen.

Written by Reece Coughlan

Edited by Joey Pickthall

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