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Liverpool 4-2 Tottenham: Mohamed Salah on target as Reds dent Spurs’ Champions League hopes | Football news

Liverpool defeated Tottenham 4-2 at Anfield to condemn the visitors to a fourth straight defeat, leaving their hopes of qualifying for the Champions League hanging by a thread.

The Reds were rampant in the opening hour, with Mohamed Salah, back in the side after his touchline spat with Jurgen Klopp against West Ham, heading them into an early lead before Andrew Robertson added a second on the stroke of half-time.

Cody Gakpo then nodded home Liverpool’s third after the break, before Harvey Elliott punished Tottenham’s poorer defense shortly afterwards with a stunning fourth from long range.

Ange Postecoglou’s side rallied to halve the deficit thanks to goals from substitute Richarlison and Heung-Min Son.

But in the end it was another painful afternoon for Spurs, who have lost four Premier League games in a row for the first time in 20 years and sit seven points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa with just three games to play.

For Liverpool, in third place after the title race, the result at least raises hopes of a positive end to Klopp’s final campaign in charge.

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Player Ratings: Elliott excels

Liverpool: Alisson (7), Alexander-Arnold (8), Quansah (7), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (8), Endo (7), Mac Allister (7), Elliot (9), Salah (8), Gakpo (8), Diaz (7).

subtitles: Gomez (7), Bajcetic (6), Gravenberch (6), Nunez (6), Szoboszlai (6).

Tottenham: Vicario (5), Porro (5), Romero (5), Van de Ven (4), Emerson (3), Bentancur (4), Bissouma (5), Sarr (5), Kulusevski (4), Son (6) ), Johnson (6).

subtitles: Skipp (6), Richarlison (7), Maddison (7), Lo Celso (6).

Player of the match: Harvey Elliott

How Liverpool overpowered poor Spurs

Salah’s return to the Liverpool team was the dominant talking point ahead of kick-off and the Egyptian was in the thick of the action from the start, hitting the crossbar with a cross and seeing Guglielmo Vicario’s low effort deflected before scoring. the opener.

His header, from Cody Gakpo’s cross, was well saved at the far post, but from Tottenham’s perspective it was poor, with makeshift left-back Emerson Royal leaving it unmarked.

Team news: Salah’s return

  • Mohamed Salah started for Liverpool after his touchline spat with Jurgen Klopp in the draw against West Ham.
  • Richarlison was dropped by Tottenham boss Ange Postecoglou, with Rodrigo Bentancur starting.

Liverpool continued to target the Brazilian, with Salah receiving plenty of support from Trent Alexander-Arnold and Elliott. Their second goal, after Spurs had survived a series of other Liverpool chances, came from another attack on that side.

Robertson initially cleverly sent Alexander-Arnold’s cross into the path of Salah, and when the winger’s low first-time effort was parried by Vicario, the left-back was on hand to convert the rebound, with the hapless Emerson playing him offside.

Tottenham defenders Emerson and Cristian Romero had to be separated by Vicario as tensions threatened to boil over when they walked off during the break, and Spurs continued to collapse in the second half.

Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal clashed at halftime

Emerson was again partly to blame when the excellent Elliot curled a stunning long-range effort into the top corner from 25 yards out, shortly after passing to Gakpo to lead the third.

It looked at the time that a miserable afternoon could get even worse for Tottenham as Liverpool continued to enjoy Klopp’s penultimate home game as manager, but the visitors made the score respectable with two goals in the space of five minutes.

Richarlison scored the first, after a low cross from Brennan Johnson, before setting up Heung-Min Son to mark his 300th Premier League appearance with a goal in a fifth successive Premier League match against Liverpool.

These strikes created extra intrigue in the final phase. Liverpool were indebted to substitute Joe Gomez for making a crucial goal-line strike to prevent Johnson adding a third for Spurs, but apart from that incident the home side looked the most likely goalscorers.

Salah had a goal disallowed for offside, substitutes Darwin Nunez and Dominik Szoboszlai missed good opportunities and Alexander-Arnold saw a daring long-range effort fall just over the crossbar, but four goals were ultimately more than enough.

Liverpool rise to 78 points in third place, four behind second-placed Manchester City, while Tottenham are now looking over their shoulders, just four points ahead of sixth-placed Newcastle with three games to play.

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Klopp: Anfield was a special place

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp Unpleasant Air sports:

“We are excellent until we are not.

“It was a really good game. Tottenham can put pressure on Aston Villa again for the Champions League. Top performances require a spark. I would say three points is enough and that’s what the boys thought.”

“Anfield was a special place today. We were 4-0 up, I made the changes and we lost the organisation. Tottenham showed how good they can be. I was happy with the performance.”

Jurgen Klopp was cheerful after Liverpool’s 4-2 win over Tottenham

“Offensively we were good in almost all areas. The passing was good. So many things were good. We stayed calm. As long as they don’t break the lines, it’s fine, let them pass. I really liked our game. The goals were excellent .”

About Mohamed Salah’s performance: “Mo was excellent, he played a really good game. His side with Harvey was good. I was happy for him.

“None of the boys want to play, not great, why should they? Mo showed what he is capable of.

“You do it when you do it and if you miss it, you miss it. If we win all three we can get the fifth highest points in Liverpool.”

Ange: At least we were more like ourselves

Tracks boss Ange Postecoglou Unpleasant Air sports:

“It’s obviously a hugely disappointing result for us, but at least in terms of football we were more ourselves today.

Our last two away games at Newcastle and Chelsea, apart from the results which weren’t great either, we just didn’t try to play our football.

“I thought today, even in the first half, some of our football was back to the level where it should be.”

On whether Spurs have a trust problem: “Maybe that’s the front third.

“It’s probably a bit of a lack of confidence, but again, that’s something the boys have to work through.

“You have to find a way to overcome that because if you don’t put pressure on the opponents in the front third after you’ve worked your way up there, they’ll get comfortable with their position.”

Super Salah strikes again – Opta stats

  • Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah became the first player in Premier League history to score ten or more goals and provide ten or more assists in three consecutive seasons.
  • Salah has scored twelve goals against Tottenham in his European club career, his second highest goal against an opponent in all competitions after Manchester United (14).
  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last thirty Premier League games against Spurs at Anfield (W20 D9), while they have now scored four goals in consecutive home games against them for the first time (4-3 in April 2023 and 4-2 Today) .
  • Spurs are now on their longest losing run in the Premier League since November 2004 (a run of six). The only Spurs manager to have suffered more consecutive defeats than Ange Postecoglou is Ossie Ardiles (seven games between January and February 1994).

What’s next?

Liverpool function on Monday night football bee Aston Villa on May 13, live on Air sports. Kick-off 8:00 PM. Jurgen Klopp’s last match comes at Anfield Wolves on Sunday, May 19, starting at 4 p.m.

Tottenham still have three games to go to confirm European football for next season. They host Burnley on Saturday, May 11 at 3 p.m. before the title hunt Manchester city visit on Tuesday, May 14, continue live Air sports. Kick-off 8:00 PM. Spurs end the season on Sheffield United on May 19, starting at 4 p.m.

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