Salah to the rescue with penalty in Liverpool win

PREMIER LEAGUE-Liverpool enhanced their title credentials with a 2-1 win over Tottenham with Mohamed Salah penalty winner to move back six points above rivals Manchester City.

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Tottenham shock lead

Spurs were meeting their Champions League conquerors Liverpool since Istanbul and this time Harry Kane scored within 48 seconds of kick-off to silence the Kop. Tottenham fell back to defend the lead with head coach Mauricio Pochettino noted in his post-match presser “When we scored so early, the team thought ‘defend, defend, defend.’ We did that a bit too much and lost some of our play”.

Gazzaniga brilliance

The Lily Whites after taking the lead faced an avalanche of Liverpool with goalkeeper Paulo Gazzaniga proving the final hurdle as he put in a man of the match performance denying Salah’s half-volley, Roberto Firminho close-range save and tipped over the bar Virgil van Dijk’s in his 12 saves in the game.

On Gazzaniga’s performance, Pochettino said: “He made some good saves but for sure he is so frustrated and disappointed because we lost.”

Liverpool seal three points

Liverpool took control of the game with Jordan Henderson eventually slotted his half-volley into the far corner early in the second half and won from Salah’s penalty after Serge Aurier fouled Sadio Mane.

“I’m pleased with how we responded and I expected it from us as well,” Klopp said 

“An early goal is not the best thing that can happen, but makes one thing clear… game on!

“We expected Tottenham to be compact, aggressive, pressing us.

“I loved the game. It’s how to play against a really good side who always have a threat. We wanted to be special in the counter-press and it was excellent.

Salah suspected injury

“With Mo, it is the same ankle [he twisted in the win over Leicester earlier in the month], it just gets sore the longer the game goes on,” Klopp explained after the match.

“It’s not a massive issue. It will disappear one day, but the pain is still a little bit there at the moment.”

Tottenham away struggles

Tottenham defeat ensured that they remain without a win in their last 11 Premier League away games (D2 L9) with the last win coming against Fulham in March.

“We competed well. We need to improve a lot but I’m disappointed. We wanted to make them play deeper, but we know very well Anfield will push and increase the level of their team. I think Liverpool is the best team in Europe and of course really competitive.” Pochettino added.

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