Liverpool rose to a 4-3 victory over Tottenham in the most unlikely of circumstances at Anfield on Sunday afternoon
Jurgen Klopp's side had found themselves cruising at 3-0 up after a quarter of an hour as Curtis Jones and Luis Diaz found the net within the first five minutes, before Mohamed Salah converted his penalty to pile the misery on the chaotic Spurs side.
Harry Kane gave the visitors a glimmer of hope on the 39th minute to cut his side's deficit to two heading into the break, before Son Heung-min got Tottenham even further back into the game, setting the scores to 3-2 with 77 minutes on the clock.
Then even more chaos unfolded as Richarlison netted his first league goal for the club since joining for £60million in the summer to draw Tottenham level three minutes into injury time.
But just a few short seconds later, Diogo Jota burst through the sleeping Spurs back line to reclaim the victory for Liverpool after 94 minutes. Jurgen Klopp, so caught up in the madness, appeared to have injured his hamstring in the process.
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A number of young English players put in good performances as Gareth Southgate watched on
Luis Diaz makes his return
Shortly after the hour mark, all four corners of Anfield rose to salute the departing Luis Diaz. It has been nearly seven months since the Colombian injured his knee at Arsenal in October.
This was his first start after returning to fitness and the 26-year-old marked it in style: scoring Liverpool’s second goal and offering no few reminders of the player who made such an impact after arriving last January.
No wonder the winger’s face was strained with emotion after he turned home Cody Gakpo’s cross and raced towards the corner flag. It has been a painful spell out, which included surgery and setbacks and eventually a few substitute appearances.
His return has surely come too late to rescue Liverpool’s hopes of reaching the top four. But what a boost for Jurgen Klopp all the same.
Over 63 minutes, the Colombian showed flashes of the tenacity and trickery and pace and industry that makes him such a weapon.
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Gareth Southgate was in the stands at Anfield to see an engine room packed with young English talent.
Harvey Elliott (20), Curtis Jones (22) and Trent Alexander-Arnold (24) joined Fabinho in Klopp’s midfield, while Oliver Skipp (22) helped anchor the visitors.
Jones opened the scoring, Alexander-Arnold set him up, while Skipp was forced off after a nasty head injury.
Impatience with club owners from both sides
You would think the state of Tottenham and the chants against Daniel Levy might make Liverpool supporters grateful for their way this club is run. Under Fenway Sports Group – who also own the Boston Red Sox and Pittsburgh Penguins – Liverpool have won everything, after all.
But some people will never be satisfied. So during and after half-time, a plane flew over Anfield carrying the message: ‘LFC-Sox-Penguins – same problems. FSG Out.’ You despair.
Perhaps they thought lightning could never strike twice. Or perhaps they sensed another refund might be around the corner. But some Tottenham supporters were still making their way up into the away end after their side had fallen 2-0 behind.
Last week, it took Newcastle six minutes to double their lead. Liverpool managed it in five. This time around, Spurs did at least hold out until the 15-minute mark before shipping a third.
Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to stop many travelling fans heading for the exits. By then, these gluttons for punishment had already begun a playlist of protest songs and black comedy. There were familiar calls for Daniel Levy to go. But also renditions of: ‘We’re f****** s***.’
Those who stayed until the end thought their faith had been repaid. And then normal service resumed.
Poor timing from the DJ
A lightning start from Liverpool after a false start from the stadium DJ.
The players had just emerged from the tunnel when the first notes of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ rang out. Supporters began to hold scarves aloft and sing along. And then the music stopped.
After an awkward silence, the Premier League anthem sounded instead. Eventually those supporters, who had kept their scarves above their heads, could sing about holding heads high, too.
Paul Tierney still in Liverpool's bad books
Liverpool fans have never forgiven Paul Tierney for how he refereed the clash between these two sides last season.
He was back in charge for this one and back in Liverpool’s bad books even after Diogo Jota’s winner.
This time, however, Tierney was not joined by assistant Constantine Hatzidakis, who was accused of elbowing Andy Robertson earlier this month.
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