Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-1 Spurs
Liverpool came from behind to maintain their six point lead at the top of the Premier League table with a 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday.
The visitors had taken the lead inside two minutes through the quick reactions of Harry Kane after Heung-min Son’s effort had come back off the frame of the goal.
Liverpool piled on the pressure in the second half before they got their deserved equaliser through Jordan Henderson.
A reckless challenge from Serge Aurier on Sadio Mané inside the penalty area gifted Liverpool a penalty from which Mohamed Salah won the game 15 minutes from time.
Here are CSAR’s player ratings from Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur:
Alisson 6 – The Brazilian goalkeeper made a couple of saves but didn’t have a chance with the opening goal.
Trent Alexander-Arnold 9 – Pushed the Tottenham defence back and was gifted a fair bit of freedom down the right wing through Heung-min Son’s lack of defensive effort. Trent Alexander-Arnold created a number of chances with the excellent crosses he was delivering from out on the right.
Dejan Lovren 8 – A surprise start but the self-proclaimed best centre-back in the world had a solid game, winning a number of headers to prevent Harry Kane creating many chances or holding up the ball.
Virgil van Dijk 8 – Solid positioning as always from the Dutch defender, matched with a couple of interceptions to prevent crosses into the box reaching their target.
Andy Robertson 8 – Linked up well with Sadio Mané down the left wing to overload the Tottenham defence. Christian Eriksen wasn’t a factor in Spurs’ attack down this wing.
Fabinho 8 – Played an excellent game as the holding midfielder in breaking up Tottenham’s possession time and time again. Saw a lot of the ball and launched it forward a few times to start attacks.
Jordan Henderson 8 – Lead by example by scoring Liverpool’s equaliser. Jordan Henderson was often conceding possession in midfield though but not to any detrimental effect.
Georginio Wijnaldum 6 – May have wondered how he didn’t get on the scoresheet before half-time, but aside from picking up space inside the penalty area on a couple of occasions it was a fairly quiet game from Georginio Wijnaldum.
Mohamed Salah 8 – Lost count of how many times Paulo Gazzaniga denied Mohamed Salah but the Egpytian finally came up trumps in the 75th minute from the penalty spot. Salah was a constant threat down the right as Danny Rose had little help from his midfield on several occasions.
Roberto Firmino 8 – Played an important role in the victory despite seeing all three of his goalbound efforts saved. Roberto Firmino linked up well with the attack and drew defenders out of position.
Sadio Mané 8 – Terrorised Serge Aurier in the second half, winning the penalty for Liverpool’s second goal. Never actually tested the Spurs goalkeeper himself though.
James Milner (15 mins) N/A – Brought on to sure up the defence straight after Liverpool took the lead. Picked up a yellow card so you could say he did his job well.
Joe Gomez (7 mins) N/A – Replaced Mohamed Salah to add an extra defender on the pitch as Tottenham pressed for an equaliser late on.
Divock Origi (1 min) N/A – Introduced in stoppage time to help run down the clock.