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Liverpool 4 Tottenham 2 – Elliott and Salah boost Reds, more questions for Spurs

Liverpool won a goal-rich match against Tottenham as Jurgen Klopp’s farewell tour in the Premier League draws closer to the end.

Goals from Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson, Cody Gakpo and a stunner from Harvey Elliot gave the Reds a 4-0 lead that more than justified their performance.

Spurs improved considerably after a series of substitutions, scoring through Richarlison and Son Heung-min, but in reality, for the most part, it was another disappointing performance from Ange Postecoglou’s team.

Mark Carey, Ahmed Walid and Jack Pitt-Brooke discuss the key talking points…


Liverpool’s right flank wins the day

Stories are often never far from Mohamed Salah, and for the vast majority of his time on Merseyside they are filled with positive things.

In recent weeks, some rare negatives have been added to the collection, with performances that many question. Was it a sign of his inevitable decline, or just a blip? Judging from his performance on Sunday afternoon, it appeared it was the latter.

There was an extra spring in his step when he received the ball, often making penetrating runs behind him to offer himself to his teammates in midfield. A back-post finish in the first half was the reward for his rejuvenated performance.

In reality, it was difficult to determine whether Liverpool’s strength on the right flank was due to Salah’s energy or Tottenham Hotspur’s defensive weakness. Emerson Royal did well in possession when turning from left back, but the Brazilian is not a natural on that side and looked lost out of possession.

Salah continually danced outside Emerson’s eyeline and Liverpool clearly wanted to overload that side of the pitch by crossing or shooting from the right channel.

Alexis Mac Allister dropped in occasionally to help add even more numbers, Trent Alexander-Arnold’s cross eventually finding its way for Andy Robertson to tap in, and Harvey Elliott’s cross for Cody Gakpo’s goal came from a high recovery on the right flank after Emerson failed. to clear his lines.

Elliott then scored Liverpool’s fourth, cutting inside and working his way past Rodrigo Bentancur before processing a brilliant left-footed strike into the top corner.

It made for a forgettable afternoon for Emerson Royal, who was replaced by Oliver Skipp after 61 minutes – and it shows how much they have missed Destiny Udogie in the last three games.

Mark Carey


The Spurs offense raises as many questions as the defense

Much will be said about Tottenham’s defensive performance today, but football is not compartmentalized, and the problems they had in the first hour at Anfield were not just about the back four. This was another match where the attack Postecoglou selected failed to have any impact. It wasn’t until the hour mark that Richarlison and James Maddison were needed from the bench for Spurs to launch the comeback that made the score at least respectable.

Spurs have a problem up front. This season, Son has played on the left and met Richarlison through the middle. But today Son was up front and Richarilson on the bench. The problem is that Son, who started the season brilliantly, has faded of late. And even though he makes a devastating run forward, he can’t stop the ball. This hurts the entire Spurs team as they can never relieve the pressure. The team is better balanced with Richarlison up front and Son on the left, whatever you think of Richarlison’s consistency in front of goal. And this means that when Brennan Johnson plays, he has to be on the right side and throw the balls into the penalty area. Which in turn means that when Dejan Kulusevski plays, he has to be in midfield. Spurs will need answers to these questions, possibly answers in the transfer market, if they are to improve this summer.

Jack Pitt Brooke


Endo not perfect, but fits perfectly with this Liverpool

Given that most teams in the world want their No.6 to be elite both in and out of possession, Liverpool’s acquisition of Wataru Endo in the summer looked strange – especially considering he replaced Fabinho despite the drop in shape of the Brazilian.

However, as the season progressed, Endo’s performances were important for Liverpool in the second half of the season. The Japanese midfielder isn’t perfect – he doesn’t look the most comfortable on the ball and is sensitive to opposition pressure – but he suits the way Jurgen Klopp’s side want to play.

This season, Liverpool is more direct and transitive in its style than the previous seasons, returning to their former character in Klopp’s early years. That approach has helped Endo, as the Japanese midfielder’s qualities off the ball of pressing, counter-pressing and fighting for second balls come to fruition in this helterskelter of duels.

Plus, Liverpool haven’t let him down as they look to build up and get the ball through third base. Normally, Alexis Mac Allister would drop alongside Endo during the build-up phase, or Trent-Alexander Arnold would end up in a narrow position, or in lesser cases the Japanese would drop between the centre-backs with the two players in front of him. have more responsibility for moving the ball up the field.

Achmed Walid


What did Jurgen Klopp say?

We’ll bring this to you after he speaks at the post-match press conference.


What did Ange Postecoglou say?

We’ll bring this to you after he speaks at the post-match press conference.


What next for Liverpool?

Monday May 13: Aston Villa (A), Premier League, 8pm BST, 3pm ET

Jurgen Klopp’s side comfortably beat Aston Villa 3-0 at Anfield the last time these two sides played against each other in early September, with Dominik Szoboszlai and Mohamed Salah scoring either side of a Matty Cash own goal.

Liverpool have lost just two of their last 22 visits to Villa Park in the Premier League. However, their last defeat – in October 2020 – was That 7-2 beating. Since then, however, Liverpool have won their next two games 2-1 and 3-1 respectively.


What’s next for Spurs?

Saturday May 11: Burnley (H), Premier League, 3pm BST, 10am ET

After a dramatic derby in north London, followed by trips to Stamford Bridge and Anfield, Spurs may finally feel like they can breathe a little easier with a home game against Burnley next.

History would certainly agree. In addition to beating Vincent Kompany’s Burnley side 5-2 in the league in September and 1-0 at home in the FA Cup in January, Spurs have never lost at home to Burnley in the Premier League. They have won seven of those eight matches (the other drawn) by an aggregate score of 19-2.


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(Top photo: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)