Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 on Saturday, Sept. 15. Here are all the highlights from the match.
Liverpool exacted revenge for their 4-1 thrashing at Wembley last season with a 2-0 win against Tottenham on Saturday. The three points mean they start the season with five wins from five for the first time since the early ’90s.
Liverpool thought they had the lead in the first few minutes of the game, as Roberto Firmino poked in James Milner’s cross, but the goal was flagged for offside after Sadio Mane swung his leg at the ball before it nestled into the bottom corner.
That marked an impressive opening spell for the away side. Tottenham, playing with Moussa Dembele, Harry Winks, Eric Dier and Christian Eriksen in a midfield diamond, struggled to connect passes.
As the half wore on, however, Mauricio Pochettino’s side began to settle into the game and forced Liverpool onto the back foot. Still, for all the possession, their best chance was a Christian Eriksen free-kick, easily saved by Allison.
The Reds took the lead in the 39th minute through Georginio Wijnaldum, who headed in his first Premier League away goal in 58 games. Michel Vorm appeared to have saved the shot, but replays showed the ball was several inches over the line.
Both sides had good chances within five minutes of the restart, Mane turning and firing straight at Vorm after a Dembele giveaway, before Lucas Moura beat Joe Gomez and grazed the outside of the post with his shot.
The Wembley crowd were buoyed by Moura’s effort, but Liverpool doubled their lead within five minutes, Firmino tapping in on the goal line after Jan Vertonghen and Vorm couldn’t quite deal with Andy Robertson’s cross.
Mohamed Salah had a couple of decent chances to make it three for the Reds, but couldn’t capitalize, and Tottenham got back into it in the third minute of stoppage time, Erik Lamela volleying in at the back post from a corner.
Heung-min Son, on as a late substitute, thought he should have had a penalty in the final minute after a challenge by Mane, but Michael Oliver awarded a goal-kick. Despite the late scare, it proved to be a deserved win for the Reds.
Liverpool host Southampton in their next Premier League match, while Tottenham travel to play Brighton.