Liverpool FC stopped its downward trend for the time being and celebrated an important victory. The reigning champions won their catch-up game on matchday 20 against previous table neighbors Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 (1-0) on Thursday evening. Roberto Firmino (45th + 4 minutes), Trent Alexander-Arnold (47th) and Sadio Mané (65th) scored for coach Jürgen Klopp’s team. Pierre-Emile Höjberg (49th) was successful for Spurs.
After five games without a win in the championship and the end of the FA Cup, Liverpool has at least stopped the earnings crisis for the time being. The Reds are fourth after the success of the table, four points behind Manchester City, which, however, played one game less. Tottenham are sixth.
Not even two minutes were played, Liverpool could have been leading. After a nice pass from Salah, Mané’s graduation just missed. A minute later, Heung-Min Son met after a pass from Harry Kane for the supposed lead. The goal was rightly not given because of an offside Sons.
After the exciting first three minutes, the hosts initially took control of the game, but Liverpool had the better chances. Tottenham’s goalkeeper Hugo Lloris only prevented the deficit with a strong save against Mané (24th), but Lloris then acted unhappy in stoppage time in the first half. Roberto Firmino met after a remarkable combination via Jordan Henderson and Mané. Lloris and teammate Ben Davies did not intervene consistently in Mané’s cross pass.
Even after the break, it was less than 120 seconds until the first big chance for Liverpool. Lloris could only parry Mané’s shot to the side, Alexander Arnold only had to push in. Tottenham got the quick answer: Höjberg shortened from about 18 meters, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson was powerless.
The guests were now the better team and closer to the third goal than Tottenham to equalize. Mohamed Salah’s goal didn’t count as Roberto Firmino had his arm on the ball (59th), but six minutes later Mané crowned his strong performance with the 3-1.