Spurs are sunk by Salah’s brace

Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool – Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – Report

Tottenham Hotspur 1-2 Liverpool 

Having lost their two previous games to struggling Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, Liverpool secured their first Premier League away win of the season thanks to two first-half goals by Mo Salah.

However, the Reds were made to fight all the way for the victory as Spurs came back strongly and dominated the second half. But despite Harry Kane pulling one back twenty minutes before the end and creating several chances, that in truth should have been taken, Spurs could not find a way through as Liverpool mounted a fine rear-guard performance to hang on to claim a hard-fought win.

With Liverpool dominating down both flanks, the impressive and industrious Darwin Nunez played the ball through for the Reds’ Egyptian talisman Salah, who had initially started the move, to take a touch and sweep the ball past Hugo Lloris in the Spurs goal to put them 1-0 up in the eleventh minute.

Spurs, with both Son and Richarlison out injured, pushed forward and were unfortunate not to get back on level terms when Kane’s cross found the dangerous Ivan Perisic whose header rebounded back off the post and shortly after, they had a good shout for a penalty turned down when Trent Alexander-Arnold lost possession on the left and with Sessegnon picking up the loose ball and playing Perisic through, Alexander-Arnold recovered quickly but bundled him over in the box – only for referee Andrew Madley to wave play on.

Five minutes before half-time, Liverpool doubled their lead as Alisson’s long clearance was miss-headed by Eric Dier and fell into the path of Salah to score his second of the match with a perfect strike past Lloris.

Shortly after the break, Perisic hit the crossbar after being played in by Sessegnon and just minutes later, Kane played in Sessegnon himself to shoot inches past the post.

Salah missed out on his hat trick after being put through by Nunez. only to be denied by a fine save at full stretch from Lloris.

Worryingly, for the World Cup managers with so many international stars on display and with the tournament only weeks away, the game became increasingly physical but in the end, it was only Spurs coach Antonio Conte who was shown a yellow card after petulantly slapping the ball away.

Just before the hour mark, Nunez had a chance to increase the Reds’ lead but scuffed his shot and was denied by Lloris diving to his right to save at full length.

Conte introduced Kulushevski and Doherty for Emerson Royal and Sessegnon and Kulushevski made an immediate impact two minutes later when he played a precise through-ball to Kane, who shot past Allison into the left-hand corner to give Spurs a way back into the game.

And they should have equalised in the seventy-ninth minute when Clement Lenglet headed over from close range from a corner with the goal at his mercy.  

Shortly before the end, Darwin Nunez shot was turned against the bar by Lloris. Then Perisic forced yet another top-class save from Alisson but there was to be no way through for Spurs as Liverpool dug deep to hang on for the three points.

Tottenham Hotspur now turns their attention to the Carabao Cup where they face Nottingham Forest at the City Ground on Wednesday, November 9 (7:45pm).

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris (Capt.) Hojbjerg, Kane, Royal (Doherty 68’) Perisic, Dier, Sessegnon (Kulusevski 68’) Bentancur, Davies, Lenglet, Bissouma (Lucas Moura 88’) Subs not used: Skipp, Sanchez, Gil, Forster (GK), Tangana, Sarr

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Konate, van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Elliott (Henderson 74’) Thiago Alcantara, Firmino (Jones 74’) Nunez (Gomez 87’) Salah (Oxlade-Chamberlain 90+2) Subs not used: Tsimikas, Ramsay, Carvalho, Bajcetic, Kelleher (GK)

Referee: Andy Madley

Assistants: Lee Betts and James Mainwaring

Fourth Official: David Coote

VAR: Darren England

Assistant VAR: Marc Perry

Attendance: 62,008