Jurgen Klopp and his team beat Tottenham 1-0 in the round of 22 January 11 to reinforce the top of the Premier League.
The only goal of the match was scored by Firmino at the 37th minute.
Yesterday was also the 20th victory after Liverpool’s first 21 matches in the Premier League. In the top five leagues in Europe (England, Spain, Germany, France, Italy), no club has achieved that feat.
Tottenham was played at home, and entered the game without any reservations. Due to Harry Kane’s absence, Lucas Moura and Dele Alli were arranged to be the highest kicks. After the suspension, Son Heung-min immediately returned to the main lineup.
They played fair attack with a team that has not lost a match in the Premier League this season. In the first 15 minutes, the home team had two chances to eat a table for Moura and Son, but both ended incorrectly.
Liverpool’s first chance went to Firmino, but was blocked by Japhet Tanganga, and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain’s later counter-kick hit the post. Jose Mourinho surprised the 20-year-old Tanganga with a kick to his left in a three-man defense. This position is usually undertaken by Jan Vertonghen. Tanganga played firmly and kicked the whole 90 minutes.
From the middle of the first half, Liverpool’s possession began to excel. They put pressure on Tottenham goal. Goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga manages to block Virgil Van Dijk’s header from close range. After that, Sadio Mane’s volley hit the ground and went over the bar. Finally, the successive brakes also helped the visitors open the score.
During the last 40 minutes of the match, the two teams continued to fight back. Serge Aurier tested Allison with a shot on the outside. Afterwards, Mane responded when forcing Gazzaniga to pour down the barrier of the header. After Mourinho added Erik midfielder Erik Lamela and Giovani Lo Celso on the pitch, Tottenham made Liverpool fans spend moments of anxiety.
Son Heung-min caused Mourinho and the audience to regret when he shot the bar in a favorable position. Earlier, Georginio Wijnaldum’s careless challenge caused the visitors to face a dangerous counterattack. Then it was Lo Celso’s turn to pad the ball out after Aurier’s skillful cross.
Missing many opportunities, Tottenham had to accept defeat. The last chance they created was to cross over and finish the left foot of Son. However, this kick was caught by Allison. The Brazilian goalkeeper and his teammates showed that they were brave enough to stand and remove one more obstacle on the way to the championship.