Spurs are sunk at Anfield as top-four hopes fade

Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur – Premier League – Anfield – Report

Liverpool 4-2 Tottenham Hotspur  

Tottenham Hotspur’s diminishing hope of a Champions League place finish continues to fade following a comprehensive 4-2 defeat to Liverpool at Anfield – their fourth Premier League loss in successive matches.

With Liverpool completely dominant from the start, Cody Gakpo crossed for Mo Salah to nod home at the far post to open the scoring just after the quarter of an hour mark before on the stroke of half-time, Spurs stopper Guglielmo Vicario parried Salah’s shot into the path of Andy Robertson to tap home from close range and make it 2-0.

Vicario was then forced to step in and play peacemaker following a clash between teammates Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal as frustration and tension appeared to spill over as the players left the field at the break.   

Gakpo headed home Harvey Elliott’s cross five minutes after the resumption to make it 3-0 and Spurs’ miserable afternoon was further compounded just before the hour mark when the outstanding Elliott cut inside from the right to curl a magnificent twenty-yard effort into the top corner of the net for Liverpool’s fourth.

Ange Postecoglou introduced former Everton striker Richarlison as a substitute following the goal and the Brazilian pulled one back for Spurs in the seventy-second minute before Heung-Min Son – with his fourth goal at Anfield in the last four successive seasons – added a second for the visitors just five minutes later. 

There was to be no dramatic late comeback for Spurs however with the late goals only serving to add a shade of respectability to the score on what in truth was an utterly miserable afternoon for the North London outfit.

Speaking after the match, Spurs boss, Ange Postecoglou said: “Obviously a hugely disappointing outcome for us but at least we were more like ourselves today in terms of our football. 

“Our last two away games at Newcastle and Chelsea, apart from the results which weren’t great either, we just didn’t try and play our football. 

“I thought today, even in the first half, some of our football, our pressing was back to where it should be. We lacked a real sort cutting edge for sure. We had nothing in that front third and that allowed Liverpool to get comfortable.

Postecoglou added: “The flip side of that was when they got forward and into the front third their guys were quite lethal on pouncing on our mistakes. 

“At 4-0 we’ve got a mountain to climb but again when we play like ourselves we always finish strong because we put pressure on the opposition and it eventually takes its toll. 

“We got a couple of goals and we maybe could have had a couple more. It’s disappointing but at least we tried to play and looked like a version of ourselves which gives me something to work with.”

Next up for Spurs in the Premier League is the visit of Burnley to the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday (3pm).

Liverpool: Alisson, Endo (Bajcetic, 64′) Van Dijk (Capt) Diaz (Nunez, 74′) Mac Allister (Gravenberch, 74′) Salah, Gakpo, Elliott (Szoboszlai, 83′) Robertson (Gomez, 64′) Alexander-Arnold, Quansah Subs not used: Kelleher, Konate, Jones, Bradley

Tottenham Hotspur: Vicario, Porro, Romero, van de Ven, Emerson Royal (Skipp 61′) Bissouma, Sarr (Lo Celso 75′) Bentancur (Richarlison 61′) Kulusevski (Maddison 61′) Son Heung-min, Johnson Subs not used: Højbjerg, Dragusin, Gil, Austin, Moore

Referee: Paul Tierney

Assistants: Scott Ledger and Matthew Wilkes

Fourth Official: Thomas Bramall

VAR: John Brooks

Assistant VAR: James Mainwaring

Attendance: 60,075