TO-BY?!!!... ALDERWEIRELD’S OWN GOAL SENDS REDS TOP
Late drama sends Reds top of the table
For the third time this season, Liverpool scored a 90th-minute winner to secure the points, this time returning them to the summit of the Premier League.
Toby Aldeweireld’s own goal from a Mohamed Salah header late on denied The Lilywhites a point despite an impressive display at Anfield, and brought relief to the home fans on a nervy afternoon in Merseyside.
Roberto Firmino scored early on to give the hosts a perfect start but Lucas Moura deservedly brought Tottenham level in the second half. The game seem destined for a draw from then on with both teams missing chances but Liverpool managed to secure the win through Alderweireld who saw his goal-keeper rebound Salah’s tame header onto his legs and in.
Klopp’s men are now two points clear of second place Manchester City- who earlier defeated Fulham 2-0 and have a game in hand- with 6 games to go. As for Spurs, they are now in danger of missing out on the top four after going down to yet another defeat to their fellow top four rivals, and seeing their significant comfort in third place cut to just a point.
Speaking after the game, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said, “In the first half, we had fantastic chances and scored a wonderful goal. In the second half, we looked heavy and couldn’t really play. They changed only a little bit. We didn’t adapt well. After Spurs’ goal, we started playing again more”.
The Reds boss added, “ We compete with the best team in the world (Manchester city) and play against one of the best in the world in Tottenham- it is a tough task.”
Mauricio Pochettino, who was absent from the touchline said, “we are all disappointed but at the same time we have to be happy with our second half performance. We were a little bit unlucky to concede the second goal when we should have been ahead because we dominated Liverpool, who are a very good team”.