Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur by two-goals-to-one in a Barclay Premier League match played inside the Wembley Stadium. This was the Reds’ fifth consecutive Premier League win , a victory that keeps them at the summit of the League table pending the outcomes of Watford and Chelsea’s matches later today – two teams currently tied on points with Liverpool in the league table.
It was a match that Liverpool could have won by a higher goal margin , but the poor marksmanship of their strikers denied them goals from the goal-scoring opportunities they created in the game.
Liverpool launched a devastating attacking play against Tottenham in the opening ten minutes of the game , and they had a Roberto Firmino’s goal disallowed because Sadio Mane had touched the ball at an off side position as it flew into the net.
Michel Vom saved Mohammed Salah’s shot from inside the eighteen yard box , the Egyptian winger had lashed onto a faulty back pass from Eric Dier but his final shot posed little threat to goalkeeper Vom.
The home team gradually grew into the game, dominating the ball possession but found it extremely difficult to penetrate Liverpool’s well-organized defense line.
Mane had a chance to put his side ahead in the thirty fifth minute of the match after racing with the ball into the opponent’s eighteen yard box but his final shot was routinely caught by Vom.
In spite of Tottenham dominance of the ball possession in the opening half of the game, they gave away possession close to their eighteen yard box on few and dangerous occasions.
Liverpool scored through Georgino Wijnaldum’s header in the thirty ninth minute of the game. A poorly cleared corner kick by the opponent’s player fell to his front inside the eighteen yard box , and the Dutch player scored his first away goal since he moved to the Barclays Premier League.
Wijnaldum had a chance to double his side’s lead with few minutes remaining in the opening half of the match , but his shot from the six yard box missed the goalpost.
Two minutes after the resumption of the second half Andrew Robertson’s cross hit the opponent’s crossbar and this was an indication of the attacking play Liverpool had in store for the home team in the remaining period of the game.
Liverpool dominated the second half of the match , missing clear goal-scoring opportunities through , Mane , Naby Keita and Salah. In the same breath , it must be stated that the good goalkeeping efforts of Tottenham’s goalkeeper, Vom , was partially responsible from denying the Merseysiders more goals.
Firmino scored Liverpool second goal in the fifty third minute of the game. In the build-up to the goal, Andrew Robertson pass to Mane allowed the dashing winger to penetrate Tottenham’s eighteen yard box from the left flank, and Mane after racing into the opponent’s six yard box aimed a cross to an onrushing Firmino but it was cleared by Tripper and the ball ricocheted of the goalpost and landed in front of Firmino who smashed it into the open net.
Jan Vertonghen’s plunged his fingers into the face of Roberto Firmino as they tussled for the ball in Tottenham’s half of the pitch, the Brazilian striker was later taken off as he bled from the injury Vertonghen inflicted in his face.
Liverpool almost paid for the earlier profligacy in front of goalpost when a second half substitute , Eric Lamela, halved his side’s goal deficit with a brilliantly struck volley inside Liverpool’s eighteen yard box in the third minute of added time .
Lamela’s goal energized Tottenham players , who poured forward in search of an equalizer. In one of their late attacking efforts, Son Heung-min went down inside the opponent’s eighteen yard box after receiving a challenge from Mane , but referee Michael Oliver ignored all shouts for a penalty kick.
The last two minutes of the encounter turned out to be a nervy one for Liverpool , who had to dig in deep to prevent Spurs from equalizing with their late rally.