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Late Drama As Liverpool Return To The Top

English Premier League

Result: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Date: 31 March 2019

Venue: Anfield

There was late drama at Anfield on Sunday evening, as Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League table with victory over Tottenham Hotspur.

In the 16th minute, Liverpool opened the scoring with the first on-target attempt of the contest. Robertson delivered a delightful cross on to the penalty spot for Roberto Firmino, who got in between Jan Vertonghen and Davinson Sanchez, to head the ball in to the ground and past Hugo Lloris.

Trent Alexander-Arnold came close soon afterwards, firing a controlled half-volley wide of the target. The 20-year-old came even closer moments later when his corner hit the frame of the Tottenham goal after being carried by the wind.

Spurs came to life momentarily on the half-hour mark. Lucas Moura headed the ball into Delle Alli's path and the England midfielder exchanged passes with Christian Eriksen outside the box. It sat up nicely for Alli to take on the shot, with the ball spinning over Alisson's crossbar.

Sadio Mane was inches away from doubling the lead five minutes before the interval. The Senegalese international cut inside from the left on to his favoured right foot and curled an effort which looked destined for the top left-hand corner but went just wide, much to the relief of a helpless Lloris.

Indeed, Spurs appeared to be in control of the tie after the break, pinning Liverpool back in their own half. The visitors had their best opportunity of the game thus far in the 57th minute. Harry Kane's powerful shot was parried by Alisson into the path of Eriksen. The Denmark playmaker got a shot away from 12 yards but Robertson saved the day with a crucial block when Eriksen looked destined to finish the rebound.

Spurs equalised in the 70th minute through Lucas. Kane took a quick free-kick, playing a lovely diagonal to Kieran Trippier, who laid the ball off to Eriksen, whose cross-cum-shot fell kindly in to the path of Lucas to blast home from close range.

Moussa Sissoko had a golden opportunity to claim all three points for the visitors. Kane sprung a quick counter-attack with an excellent no-look pass to Son Heung Min, who in turn fed Sissoko, but with only the keeper to beat, the Frenchman skied his effort over the bar.

However, it was Liverpool who could claim all three points after Toby Alderweireld put the ball in to his own net in the 90th minute. Spurs repelled a corner from Alexander-Arnold, who put the ball back in to the box with Salah heading across goal. Lloris parried the ball but it richocheted off Alderweireld and trickled over the line to give Liverpool the crucial three points.


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