Mohamed SalahThe first-half double was the difference as Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool team took a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday’s big Premier League game.
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Salah was well set up by a teammate Darwin Nunez volley in the 11th minute, and the Spurs defender Eric DyerA mistake by Liverpool five minutes before half-time allowed the Liverpool striker to take the lead and fold. Hugo Lloris and double the advantage of the guests. The Spurs were in the lead after the break, forcing the opposition to make a string of big saves. Alissonbut cut the Reds’ advantage in half 20 minutes before the substitution Dejan Kulusevski throw up Harry Kane for a casual finish. However, the hosts failed to equalize and Alisson was again successful in the final minutes to ensure that all three points went to Liverpool.
The victory pushed Liverpool to seven points from the top four after 13 games, while Tottenham failed to jump over Newcastle and remained in fourth place. Here are Mark Ogden’s observations during the pulsating encounter in north London.
1 Salah stars as Liverpool end away drought with big win over Tottenham Hotspur
Salah scored his eighth goal in eight games for Liverpool as Klopp’s team finally secured their first Premier League away win against Tottenham Hotspur.
His two goals at Tottenham Hotspur were enough to score all three points, although a second-half kick by Kane set off a late spurt for Spurs in which they laid siege to Alisson’s goal. Introduction of substitutes Matt Doherty and Kukusevski allowed Spurs to gain a foothold in the game, but Antonio Conte’s side failed to score a second to get a point and they have now lost to top six rivals Arsenal, Manchester United and Liverpool this season.
After suffering back-to-back defeats to Nottingham Forest and Leeds, Liverpool’s victory was still not enough to take the 2019-2020 champions to the European qualifiers, with Klopp’s team moving up to eighth place, seven points behind Spurs , which took fourth place. But having ended the long wait for an away victory, Liverpool can now head into a World Cup shutdown by drawing a line under their poor away performance.
Whether that’s enough to get them into shape in the second half of the season, which will take them into the top four, remains to be seen, but this win showed that Liverpool are still capable of beating top teams when their star players are performing. .
2. Nunes got back on his feet, but still in the shadow of Salah
Nunes looked alive against Tottenham and Liverpool’s £75m summer transfer from Benfica gained confidence with a first-half assist that opened the scoring with Salah. But the Uruguayan striker still looks incredibly raw next to experienced players like Salah and Roberto Firmino. Perhaps that’s why it’s so hard to judge his early performances – after all, he’s compared to the greats of Liverpool – as well as who he signed as a substitute. Sadio Mane.
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Regardless, Nunes is showing enough in games right now to suggest he will eventually justify his transfer fee. It should also be remembered that Salah failed to make headway at Chelsea during his first spell in England, while Firmino took several months to settle down at Anfield after arriving from Hoffenheim under former boss Brendan Rodgers. Nunez is now being judged to a higher standard than his predecessors due to Liverpool’s recent success, but he has speed and a clear attacking instinct and knows where the target is.
Yes, he can be annoying, and against Spurs there have been too many occasions when he intercepts the ball or fails to make a simple pass. He also missed a clear chance when he hit the crossbar in the 82nd minute, but Nunez is a talent and he is making progress.
Perhaps we will see another, more confident player when he returns from the World Cup.
3. Sessegnon could be the hallmark of the World Cup
Gareth Southgate named England’s squad for the World Cup on Thursday and injuries to defenders in recent weeks have opened up the prospect of a surprise selection when the manager announces his 26 players for Qatar.
Ryan Sessegnon he had virtually no chance of making it to the World Cup earlier this season, but the Tottenham defender could just sneak onto the plane with England only having one suitable left-back at Manchester United. Luke Shaw. Chelsea Ben Chilwell was ruled out with a hamstring injury and although Southgate used Bukayo Saka having been a left wingback in the past, it would be risky to go to the World Cup with one specialist in position.
In the match against Liverpool, Sessegnon impressed as a full-back, which gave Liverpool Trent Alexander-Arnold several problems at the forefront. He is also a natural left back, so he could replace Shaw.
Although the former Fulham player has made 20 appearances for the England under-21s, he has yet to play at senior level. He would not bet on participation in Qatar, but the circumstances are such that now he can knock on the door.
Tottenham Hotspur: Hugo Lloris 6; Emerson Royal 5, Eric Dyer 5, Clement Lenglet 7, Ben Davis 6, Ryan Sessegnon 7; Rodrigo Betancourt 6, Yves Bissouma 6, Peter-Emil Heubjerg 6; Harry Kane 7, Ivan Perisic 6.
Subscriptions: FR Dejan Kulusevski 7, defender Matt Doherty 7, FR Lucas Moura 6.
Liverpool: Alisson 7; Trent Alexander-Arnold 5, Ibrahima Konate 6, Virgil van Dijk 6, Andy Robertson 7; Harvey Elliott 6, Fabinho 6, thiago 7; Roberto Firmino 6; Mohamed Salah 8, Darwin Nunez 7.
Subscriptions: MF Curtis Jones 6, PF Jordan Henderson 6, DF Joe Gomez 6, PF Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 6.
Best and Worst Performers
BEST: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)
Salah is still a player who does his best for Liverpool and he has scored two great goals to bring his side to control of Spurs.
WORST: Emerson Royal, Tottenham
Close run: Both Eric Dier and Trent Alexander-Arnold had bad days defensively, but Royal outpaced them both by playing poorly from behind and also failing to take advantage of acres of space on his flank when moving forward.
Highlights and Notable Moments
Liverpool are still desperately looking for form and cohesion amid a challenging schedule and a ton of injuries, but Nunes and Salah’s interaction up front should bode well for a good tactical option after the World Cup, even when other players are enjoying it. Diogo Jota as well as Luis Diaz return to full physical fitness.
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As for Tottenham, injuries also affected their attack, although Kulusevski’s return also greatly improved their chances of finishing in the top four.
1:21 between Dejan Kulusevski entering the field and assisting Harry Kane.
It’s safe to say that the Spurs missed him! 🇸🇪#TOTLIV
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Talk about instant impact!
After the match: what the players and managers said
“I think that in the first half we were lucky, we played well and managed to score two goals. In the second half we could have scored, but we were not lucky. We did a good job to score three points. opponent I am focused on making a difference, and today I succeeded.
“We’ve managed to hit back a few times this season, we’ve had some good games.” — Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah, Sky Sports
Key Statistics (via Sportzshala Stats & Info)
– Mohamed Salah: 10 career goals against Tottenham in all competitions, tied with Manchester United for most goals against any team.
– Mohamed Salah: Four-game hitting streak in all competitions, longest in 2022.
– Tottenham have had four errors this season that have led to a Premier League goal (including Liverpool’s second). No other team in the PL has more than two.
Tottenham Hotspur: Conte’s side have only two games left before the World Cup break: a mid-week trip to Nottingham Forest in the EFL Cup third round (9 November), followed by a league date with Jesse March and Leeds United (12 November).
Liverpool: Klopp has another chance to improve his league position with a home game against Southampton on 12 November, and as a result, you can expect the line-up to change heavily for their own mid-week EFL Cup tie, a third-round clash with Derby County (9 November) at Anfield.