Liverpool stun Spurs with last minute winner to send Anfield into ecstasy
A late own-goal from Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld gave Liverpool a huge win in the title chase.
It was a stunning victory for Jurgen Klopp’s side that takes them top of the Premiership once more, above Man City who have a game in hand.
The hosts dominated the first half and went in front after a fine attacking move was finished off by Firmino, who’s downward header bounced off the Anfield turf and firmly past Lloris. (Forgive the play on words!)
Liverpool then had further chances to increase their lead but for their accuracy on goal, lacked cutting edge.
Sadio Mane, twice curled two efforts just wide. Whilst, Trent Alexander-Arnold, volleyed wide from distance as both teams were forced to shoot from outside the box.
Spurs striker, Deli Alli, hammered a 30-yard effort wide. Shortly after a Milner-Allison bobble of headers mix up, nearly put Deli Alli in on goal.
After half-time, Mauricio Pochettino’s team were much improved and tested Liverpool on numerous occasions.
Spurs captain, Harry Kane, skilfully and quickly weaved an effort around the man mountain of Virgil Van Dijk, that Liverpool’s Alisson couldn’t hold and Christian Eriksen’s goal-bound effort was blocked. As Liverpool were again let off the hook.
Eventually, Spurs got the equaliser as a sloppy foul on the half-way line, saw a free-kick cleverly and swiftly taken by Harry Kane. His fine cross field pass to Kieran Trippier, was passed to Eriksen, who then teed up Lucas Moura who finished with aplomb.
This suddenly brought the game to life.
Trent-Alexander Arnold, then went close with a dipping effort from the edge of the penalty area, that was just tipped over by Lloris.
The game changing moment was the Spurs counter attack, which left Liverpool completely flat footed at the back.
It was only poor, indecisive decision making from Moussa Sissoko and superb defending from Virgil Van Dijk, to block the path of Sissoko playing the ball to Son Heung-Min, that saved Liverpool from going behind.
The defensive intervention and improvisation from Van Dijk showed why he is widely considered the best defender in the world and possibly PFA player of the year also.
Van Dijk held off Sissoko for long enough that instead of playing the pass to Son, he had to shoot on his weaker left foot, which he could only balloon into the stands.
Just as Jurgen Klopp’s title chasers looked to have been denied a vital win, there was to be one final late twist.
Alexander-Arnold’s corner was headed out by Harry Kane, only for Alexander-Arnold to whip a delightful ball to the back post, Mohamed Salah headed across goal, which Lloris palmed onto the shins of Alderweireld and the ball trickled over the line.
Anfield erupted as Salah, Firmino, Wijnaldum, Van Dijk and co celebrated wildly in front of the Kop.
Such were the scenes of euphoria, they echoed similarities to Divock Origi’s last minute goal against Everton, in the Merseyside derby, back in December.
As the final whistle sounded, Jurgen Klopp pumped his first as Liverpool fans continue to dream of a first league title since 1990.
Liverpool 2 vs 1 Tottenham
Firmino 17, Alderweireld (og) 90
Lucas Moura 70
Competition: Premier League
Date: Sunday 31st March 2019
Man of the Match: Virgil Van Dijk. The Liverpool talisman’s defensive skills when two-on-one against Moussa Sissoko and Son Heung-Min was nothing short of outstanding. Helped Liverpool win the game.
James Spencer, Thoughts from the Stands
Some massive matches coming up, so below are all of our April fixtures and kick off times:
Friday 5th April
Southampton 20:00 Liverpool – Live On Sky
Tuesday 9th April
UEFA Champions League
Liverpool 20:00 FC Porto – Live On BT Sport
Sunday 14th April
Liverpool 16:30 Chelsea – Live On Sky
Wednesday 17th April
UEFA Champions League
FC Porto 20:00 Liverpool – Live On BT Sport
Sunday 21st April
Cardiff City 16:00 Liverpool – Live On Sky
Friday 26th April
Liverpool 20:00 Huddersfield Town – Live On Sky