Liverpool 2-1 Spurs: late Penalty rescues points for Premier League leaders

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Mohamed Salah converted what looked a cheat to save the Premier League leaders Liverpool six points lead with a 2-1 win over Tottenham.

England International, Harry Kane had opened the score sheet after 47 seconds at Anfield and Jurgen Klopp’s men, for all their dominance of the ball, struggled to cope with Tottenham’s fast breaks and the irrepressible Son Heung-min.

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Son played a key role in producing the opener for the in-form Kane, who scored five goals in his last five club and country matches, and Liverpool found Paulo Gazzaniga in the Spurs goal at his finest as they pressed hard for an equaliser.

That goal came with the courtesy of an error by Danny Rose that allowed Jordan Henderson to score, and Salah fired the winner from the penalty spot after Serge Aurier fell Sadio Mane in the box.

The result restored Liverpool’s six-point lead over second-placed Manchester City, while mid-table Tottenham are without a league win in their last three attempts.

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Moussa Sissoko launched Tottenham into an immediate attack, feeding Son Heung-min who turned inside Trent Alexander-Arnold and Jordan Henderson before crashing a deflected shot onto the post, and Kane was on hand to steer the rebound home with a diving header.

Christian Eriksen went agonisingly close to doubling Tottenham’s lead, rolling a shot just wide after Dele Alli’s cut-back as the visitors’ counter-attacks wrought havoc.

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But Liverpool began to dominate and were unfortunate not to equalise as Salah stung Gazzaniga’s palms with a pair of powerful drives from the edge of the box and Virgil van Dijk’s bullet header was tipped over the bar by the Argentina international.

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Gazzaniga saved well from Roberto Firmino before releasing Son who smacked a shot onto the crossbar with Alisson beaten, but Liverpool drew level moments later.

Andy Robertson’s high ball into the box was poorly dealt with by Danny Rose whose header played in Henderson, and the England midfielder sent a shot bouncing into the far left corner of the net.

Pochettino’s men defended bravely as Reds chased a winner, but Mane was caught by Aurier with 15 minutes left and the referee pointed to the spot without hesitation.

Salah rattled a clinical spot-kick past Gazzaniga and the Reds shut the door thereafter, leaving Spurs with one point from their last three league games.

Tottenham have dropped into the bottom half of the Premier League table after picking up just three wins from their first 10 games of the season, while Liverpool remain unbeaten and seemingly unstoppable at the top.

Spurs best moments all involved the fleet-footed Son, who tormented Dejan Lovren and almost doubled the visitors’ lead early in the second half.

The Premier League might not have found a way back into the game if Rose had not provided Henderson with such a golden opportunity to equalize, and his header should have been better for the Spurs full-back.

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