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FT: Liverpool 4 Spurs 2

Liverpool made hard work of that towards the end having raced into a 4-0 lead, but a well-earned victory. They were in a different class to a porous Spurs team for 70 minutes or so. Postecoglou’s changes improved them, but could also be read as a signal that he picked the wrong team. Liverpool lift the gloom and ensure Klopp has the chance to go out with some goals and wins. Spurs need Liverpool to do them a favour next week against Villa, but hopes of top four are almost extinguished.

Liverpool's players celebrate at the end of the English Premier League soccer match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur
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96 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 2

Liverpool can see the finish line after Porro gives a foul away against Nunez. This victory mathematically keeps Liverpool in the title race, but they would require Arsenal and City to lose all of their remaining matches. Which is long odds, if not infinity.

94 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 2

Not for the first time, or the last, Nunez’s final ball let him down when he could have squared it for Gakpo. Then Nunez gets in behind again and successfully squares for Salah to score, but he made his run too early. Offside. Never a dull moment with Nunez around.

92 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 2

Liverpool have a corner after a Salah pass deflects off Skipp. You would think Liverpool have seen off the danger now and can see this out. Spurs win a free-kick though from a Nunez handball. Still five minutes or so for them to attack.

90 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 2

Liverpool living a little dangerously again. Maddison fed a dangerous low ball across the area but no white shirt was there to meet it.

There will be SEVEN minutes of added time to play.

87 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 2

Salah slips a pass into the penalty area for the substitute Szoboszlai, but his shot from a tight angle was wide.

Then Son picked out Richarlison with a lovely through ball, who forced Alisson into a save. The ball bounced up for Johnson to attack, but Gomez did well to hook the ball away from him. VAR checked for a penalty for a high foot, but Gomez got the ball. That could have made for a nervy ending.

84 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 2

Alexander-Arnold with a cracking effort to score from almost the halfway line, which was just a yard or so too high with Vicario beaten. Harvey Elliott then gets a standing ovation after he comes off. Spurs with the ball around the Liverpool box but they cannot find a telling shot or pass. A very entertaining finish.

81 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 2

The game has gone haywire. First, Spurs survived the ball pinballing around in their box before Van Dijk was caught on the ball in his own half. The flag goes up for offside against Salah.

79 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 2

Liverpool starting to give the ball away and concede fouls. Another moment of danger as Son skips into the area, but he lost his balance as he tried to beat Quansah with a trick.

From nowhere, this has started to get messy for the home side. Klopp has made too many substitutions which have backfired, while Postecoglou’s have given Spurs hope.

GOOOALL! Son pulls another goal back

Are win in for more silliness at Anfield between Liverpool and Spurs? Skipp squeezed a pass through to Richarlison in the box, and he laid the ball back to Son who finished. Spurs have a spring in their step now. They couldn’t could they? Liverpool have just relaxed a little bit.

Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur scores his team's second goal

74 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 1

Surely no more than a consolation goal for Spurs. Klopp is making a couple of changes: Mac Allister and Diaz off for Gravenberch and Nunez. The Spurs defenders will not be too pleased about seeing Nunez introduced as their legs tire.

GOOOALL! Richarlison pulls one back

That was a well-worked Spurs move, taking advantage of a Liverpool defence that is starting to sag. Johnson was played in behind Gomez, and Richarlison flicked his low cross beyond Alisson with a deft finish.

71 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 0

Elliott with another shot from range, but this one skips through into the arms of Vicario.

68 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 0

Richarlison got in behind the Liverpool defence, but the flag went up for offside belatedly. The Spurs fans in the Anfield Road end are still in good voice. At least (most of them) will not have work in the morning. This game and season is drifting to a conclusion.

65 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 0

A big moment for a promising Liverpool youngster: Bajcetic is back on the pitch for the first time since suffering a serious injury last year. Still only 19. Joe Gomez comes on with him.

62 minutes: Liverpool 4 Spurs 0

Postecoglou was ready to make that triple change when the Elliott goal flew in. Richarlison, Skipp and Maddison are the players on. Within a couple of minutes, Maddison fires a free-kick into the wall and then a tame shot is straight at Alisson. Bissouma booked for dissent after a decision goes against him.

GOOOAAALL! Elliott with a screamer

Harvey Elliott has been lively in this game, and that was a Salah-esque finish. Cutting inside from the right after another poor Emerson Royal header, Elliott takes the ball beyond Bentancur before bending the ball into the top corner with his left foot from 25 yards. A brilliant moment for him.

53 minutes: Liverpool 3 Spurs 0

This had the potential to be a nerve-shredding game of immense significance, but is turning into the first of two Klopp Anfield farewell parties. Liverpool playing all of the hits. A brief moment of danger as Johnson heads at Alisson.

GOOOALL! Gakpo heads home, Liverpool on easy street

Emerson Royal caught on the ball, and Elliott pinches it from his blindside. Elliott clips a cross into the box for Gakpo to attack, and he gets up above Romero to power a header home. That was like a proper centre-forward’s header.


HT: Liverpool 2 Spurs 0

Aside from some early Spurs possession, this has been one-way traffic. Liverpool have had 13 shots and a whopping eight on target, Spurs just one shot which was off target. Some slick play from Klopp’s team, who have targeted Emerson Royal at left-back. They could be out of sight.

GOOOOAALL! There it is…Robertson scores

That second goal has been coming, Liverpool have been carving Spurs up. Lovely pass around the corner from Gakpo for Alexander-Arnold, who stands up a cross to Robertson at the back post. He squared for Diaz to shoot, Vicario made the save, but Robertson was there to tap home the rebound. Onside, Liverpool in control.

43 minutes: Liverpool 1 Spurs 0

Poor old Emerson Royal has not really been helped by Johnson’s defensive work. Another chance goes begging for Liverpool. Romero with a short pass in his own area, but Alexander-Arnold shoots over after cutting back on his left foot.

41 minutes: Liverpool 1 Spurs 0

Alexander-Arnold with two nearly moments. First a strike from just outside the area which was blocked, before he stood up a lovely first-time cross for Diaz. His scissor kick flew wide but the Liverpool attempts are stacking up now.

39 minutes: Liverpool 1 Spurs 0

Spurs may have made a positive start, but they have carried next to no attacking threat for the last 20 or 25 minutes. They are struggling to keep Liverpool pushed back, and cannot prevent chances when defending close to their box. It is not a good combination.

That was a little better from them after Porro robbed Robertson, but Son could not bring the ball down for a shot.

36 minutes: Liverpool 1 Spurs 0

Romero well-positioned in the box to get a header on Salah’s cross, before Robertson fizzes a follow up shot across goal. There was a VAR check for a penalty, but the deflection came off Romero’s head.

31 minutes: Liverpool 1 Spurs 0

Spurs dealt with the initial corner, but one the second phase Alexander-Arnold whipped in a dangerous cross which Van de Ven put behind. Lovely take from Elliott in the box, but he flag goes up for offside. Romero then hammers a pass straight through for a Liverpool goal kick.

29 minutes: Liverpool 1 Spurs 0

Liverpool know Spurs are struggling defensively on their left flank. Alexander-Arnold found space,  but his touch let him down. Liverpool are starting their moves over on the left and then switching play to Royal’s flank. Liverpool have a corner. Spurs need to ride this out.

27 minutes: Liverpool 1 Spurs 0

Liverpool probing again, but the flag goes up for offside against Gakpo. Some of Tottenham’s early zest and speed of ball movement has faded in the last few minutes. Liverpool getting to them higher up the pitch.

23 minutes: Liverpool 1 Spurs 0

Vicario smothers at the feet of Diaz after the ball broke back to him in the penalty area, but everything continues to look chaotic in the Spurs penalty area.

Liverpool have a corner, which has been a signal for Spurs fans to watch through their fingers of late. The ball flicks off Romero’s head and they will have to defend another from the opposite side.

Swung in by Robertson, but Vicario does well to come through the crowd and catch.

19 minutes: Liverpool 1 Spurs 0

Spurs will keep on trying to press and pass their way back into the game, but Diaz and Salah will be licking their chops at the chance to run into the space down the sides of the two centre-backs. There are surely more goals to come in this game.

GOOOALLL! Salah shuts out the noise to put Liverpool in front

Spurs have played well with the ball, but their defensive vulnerability has reared its head again. Gakpo received the ball on the left and cut inside, clipping an inswinging cross to the back post. Salah kept himself onside and Emerson’s body shape was closed, and the Liverpool forward’s header was too strong for Vicario. Should the goalkeeper have done better after getting a hand to it.

16 minutes: Liverpool 0 Spurs 0

Spurs’ numbers centrally help them regain possession high up, and they find Johnson free on the left. His cross flew across with area with Son and Kulusevski nowhere near it.

14 minutes: Liverpool 0 Spurs 0

Tottenham living dangerously again, although Kulusevski was unfortunate not to be given a foul in the build up to a Liverpool corner. From the set-piece, the ball looped up for Salah who was free at the back post and his volley hit the foot of the post. The flag was up for offside in any case.

11 minutes: Liverpool 0 Spurs 0

Bissouma with a loose ball after winning the ball in a promising position with Son ahead of him. As expected, an open feel to the contest so far. Chris’s observation from Anfield sums up where Spurs are at this stage in their development:

8 minutes: Liverpool 0 Spurs 0

Tottenham seeing most of the ball so far, which few teams do at Anfield. Liverpool possibly a little more circumspect in their defensive shape, sitting a little deeper and narrow.

But then Liverpool have a flurry of chances! A Salah cross deflected on to the crossbar, before Elliott robbed Sarr and fed Salah. The Liverpool took on a low shot which was saved by the leg of Vicario, before Elliott’s rebound was stopped on the line by Romero.

The Spurs defender did well not to handball that. Very good defending.

Tottenham's goalkeeper Guglielmo Vicario, left, blocks a shot on goal by Liverpool's Mohamed Salah
CREDIT: AP/Jon Super

5 minutes: Liverpool 0 Spurs 0

Spurs eager to press Liverpool high and test their touch and nerve in the early minutes. Emerson Royal tidies up a long ball well, before Robertson crosses straight at Vicario. You could anticipate Liverpool targeting Spurs’ left-back zone with passes towards Salah.

3 minutes: Liverpool 0 Spurs 0

Quite a confident start from Spurs, moving the ball neatly in small triangles. They have a corner, Postecoglou was shouting at this players to stop playing backwards at Chelsea, so they have that message ringing in their ears. Liverpool deal with the corner, but then Alexander-Arnold fouls Son in a crossing position. Can Spurs profit from a set-piece instead of shipping a goal from one? Not on this occasion. Bissouma shoots wildly over.


Tottenham get the game started

The players are out at Anfield

Postecoglou almost walked out arm in arm with Klopp, all very friendly. Nobody tell Roy Keane in the studio. Some extra volume behind YNWA from the Anfield crowd…they’ll get just one more chance to sing it before a home game managed by Klopp.

 Liverpool fans inside the stadium before the match




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