Football News Liverpool vs Tottenham: Why Liverpool

Football News Liverpool vs Tottenham

Football News Liverpool vs Tottenham: Why Liverpool: The Reds moved back into the top four and within four points of Premier League leaders Manchester City with three points in north London

Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool ‘showed who we are’ in their 3-1 win over Tottenham on Thursday.

Liverpool moved back into the top four, closing the gap to leaders Manchester City to four points – though City retains a game in hand.

Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Sadio Mane scored as Klopp’s side notched their first league goals of 2021 and recovered from back-to-back defeats against Burnley and Manchester United in style – though there were yet more injury worries in defense.

“We scored goals in the right moments, wonderful goals,” Klopp told BT Sport. “The right people scored the goals. All good, apart from obviously Joel Matip had to go off.

“What I saw today was not about form, it’s… who we are. That’s us. Today, the second half especially, was us. It was a massive fight and football on top of that.

“I don’t know the numbers but I think apart from a few minutes in the first half, I don’t remember them having a lot of the ball. It was always pretty quick and counter-attacking and we defender really well. It was just a good performance and I saw a lot of things I wanted to see.

“Offensively, the way we played, I thought we coped really well with their formation. Played around, played in between, so we were so often in and around the box which is really important. The counter-press was really good. The last line defended really well; high enough but not crazy high.”

The game started in frantic fashion as Mane missed an early chance before Son Heung-min tucked away a similar opportunity, only to see VAR rule the goal out for offside.

Firmino opened the scoring with the last kick of the half from Mane’s assist. Alexander-Arnold doubled the lead almost immediately after the restart with a powerful finish but Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg pulled a goal back with a stunning half-volley within two minutes.

As well as taking Liverpool four points clear of Spurs – though Jose Mourinho’s side does also have a game in hand – the result provides a welcome boost ahead of a huge run of fixtures and following a double injury setback.

Stand in center-half Fabinho was ruled out of the squad altogether with a ‘minor muscle issue’, while Matip was taken off at half-time.

EPL 2021 Table

Pos Club P W D L GD Pts
1  Man City 19 12 5 2 23 41
2  Man Utd 20 12 4 4 10 40
3  Leicester 20 12 3 5 14 39
4  Liverpool 20 10 7 3 17 37
5  West Ham 20 10 5 5 6 35
6  Tottenham 19 9 6 4 14 33
7  Everton 18 10 3 5 7 33
8  Chelsea 20 8 6 6 10 30
9  Arsenal 20 9 3 8 6 30
10  Aston Villa 18 9 2 7 12 29
11  Southampton 19 8 5 6 3 29
12  Leeds 19 8 2 9 -3 26
13  Wolverhampton 20 6 5 9 -8 23
14  Crystal Palace 20 6 5 9 -12 23
15  Burnley 19 6 4 9 -11 22
16  Newcastle 20 5 4 11 -15 19
17  Brighton 20 3 9 8 -7 18
18  Fulham 19 2 7 10 -12 13
19  West Bromwich 20 2 5 13 -33 11
20  Sheffield 20 2 2 16 -21 8