Liverpool back on top

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said his team could not be top of the English Premiership table without luck after the Reds turned another late show to edge Tottenham at Anfield yesterday.

“We are top of the table. We cannot be there having no luck. If we are there at the end of the season it will be down to will, desire and attitude.

“We compete with Man City, tell me two better teams at the moment, and we compete with them.

“The first half was good in difficult circumstances for both teams for different reasons, both teams have been much fresher and have been sprinting quicker “this season”. We were the better side. We scored the goal and had other chances.

“In the second half the only thing they really changed was that they build-up with four instead of five. We struggled a bit. We couldn’t really get in touch. We changed system and conceded five minutes later.

“I wouldn’t say the Spurs goal helped us but it didn’t shock us. We were then better in the game. First half it was easy to switch the sides and second half I have no clue why we didn’t do it as often as we should.

Toby Alderweireld’s late own goal gave Liverpool a priceless victory and put them back on top of the Premier League.

Visitors Tottenham looked on course to earn a point — and even wasted chances to go in front — after Lucas Moura deservedly equalised Roberto Firmino’s first-half header for the home side.

Liverpool were on the brink of losing ground to Manchester City — 2-0 winners at Fulham on Saturday — until the title race took another dramatic twist in the closing moments in front of the Kop.

Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris failed to hold Mohamed Salah’s routine far-post header and the ball ricocheted into the net off Alderweireld.

It was sheer elation for Liverpool, who are now two points clear of City having played a game more, but misery for Spurs, who are in a real fight for a top-four place and were left to regret Moussa Sissoko’s glaring miss when through on goal minutes earlier.

source:the herald

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