English Premier League
Teams: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Date: 27 October 2019
Mohamed Salah was the hero as Liverpool rallied from behind to defeat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday evening.
Liverpool still missed Joel Matip as Dejan Lovren kept his place at the back, as Jan Vertonghen dropped to the bench for Toby Albderweireld on the path of the visitors.
Spurs made a swift start when Harry Kane ran to a loose ball to head into the bottom corner after Heung Min-Son’s shot deflected against the woodwork a minute in.
Mohamed Salah pushed Spurs to the edge following a smart effort from the area, but Paolo Gazzaniga responded with an equally strong save on 25 minutes.
Virgil Van Dijk became the next victim to bring the best out of Gazzaniga, who tipped the Dutchman’s towering header two minutes later for a corner.
A pattern of passes around the final third from the Reds resulted with Trent Alexander-Arnold roasting the gloves of Gazzaniga shortly thereafter.
Following an eventful first half the two sides resumed with the same tempo as the first spell, with Roberto Firmino forcing Gazzaniga to a low save with a high-placed header.
A minute later, Son hit the woodwork for the second time after eliminating Lovren and Alisson for a shot from a tight angle.
Gazzaniga’s hard work went undone when a defensive error from Danny Rose allowed Jordan Henderson to volley home from the far side 52 minutes in.
Spurs struggled to get going afterwards, and the Reds were ahead with 15 minutes to go when Salah smacked home from the spot after Sergio Aurier clipped Sadio Mane in the area.
Jurgen Klopp locked up the result with a defensive change in Joe Gomez who replaced Salah with five minutes on the clock.
The European champions got back to winning ways following last weekend’s draw to Manchester United to go six points ahead of second-place Manchester City.