Tottenham 4-1 Liverpool: Scintillating Spurs put Reds to the sword
By Jack Wilkinson at Wembley
Last Updated: 23/10/17 1:44pm
Tottenham ruthlessly exploited Liverpool's defensive woes to move joint-second in the Premier League with a scintillating 4-1 victory at Wembley.
Two early lapses from Dejan Lovren were punished by Harry Kane, who scored the first and set up Heung-Min Son for Spurs' second inside 12 minutes. Mohamed Salah halved the deficit midway through the first half but Dele Alli, on the stroke of half-time, and Kane's second on 56 minutes sealed the victory.
With Hugo Lloris inspired between the sticks, there was no way back for Liverpool, who saw a nine-game unbeaten run against Spurs come to an end in front of a record Premier League crowd of 80,827 that included Diego Maradona.
Eric Dier, Moussa Sissoko and Fernando Llorente dropped out of the Spurs side which drew in Madrid, as Kieran Trippier, Dele Alli and Heung-Min Son got the nod. Jurgen Klopp made on change from Liverpool’s draw with Man Utd last weekend as James Milner replaced Georginio Wijnaldum.
It appeared consecutive clean sheets against Manchester United and Maribor lulled Liverpool into a false sense of security at the back, as early hesitancy handed Spurs the initiative.
With just five minutes on the clock, Lovren's attempt to play offside backfired as Kane raced through clear, chipped the ball over Simon Mignolet and kept his balance to finish with his left foot. Things got even worse for the visitors seven minutes later as Lovren's missed defensive header released Kane, who squared the ball for Son to fire first time beyond the Reds stopper.
Spurs continued to cut Liverpool to shreds and so nearly put the game beyond them, but Son rattled the crossbar with a thunderous 16th-minute drive. The visitors took full advantage of their reprieve.
A first-time pass from Jordan Henderson utilised the pace of Salah, whose scuffed effort - Liverpool's first on target - trickled beyond Lloris to reduce the arrears. Lovren was put out of his misery soon after as Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came off the bench, and Liverpool settled and threatened to level the contest.
However, in first-half stoppage-time, Spurs restored their two-goal lead, Alli volleying home from 18 yards after Joel Matip cleared a Christian Eriksen free-kick.
After defensive shortcomings plagued their first-half display, it was the turn of Liverpool's goalkeeper to hamper their plans of a comeback as Mignolet failed to gather a free-kick on 56 minutes. Jan Vertonghen saw a shot blocked on the line but Kane was on hand to add his second from close range.
Tottenham: Lloris (8), Trippier (7), Alderweireld (8), Sanchez (7), Vertonghen (8), Aurier (7), Winks (8), Alli (8), Eriksen (8), Son (8), Kane (9).
Subs: Dier (4), Sissoko (5), Llorente (4).
Liverpool: Mignolet (5), Gomez (5), Matip (5), Lovren (3), Moreno (5), Henderson (5), Milner (5), Can (5), Salah (6), Coutinho (5), Firmino (5).
Subs: Grujic (4), Oxlade-Chamberlain (5), Sturridge (4).
Man of the Match: Harry Kane
Lloris produced a world-class save to deny Philippe Coutinho's curling effort on 67 minutes, and the Spurs skipper put the finishing touch to a fine display from his side with three saves to secure the three points.
- Tottenham earned their first win in 10 Premier League games against Liverpool, after a run of three draws and six defeats against the Reds.
- Mauricio Pochettino's side scored more goals with just 14 shots in this game (4), than they had in their four previous Premier League games at Wembley (three goals from 90 shots).
- Tottenham's second goal was the 1000th that Liverpool have conceded in the Premier League (now 1002), making them the sixth team to have reached this milestone (Tottenham 1237, Everton 1225, Aston Villa 1186, West Ham 1163 and Newcastle 1148).
- Harry Kane's opener was his first Premier League goal at Wembley Stadium, with his 29th shot at the ground.
- In the last eight games in which he's scored for Tottenham in all competitions, Harry Kane has scored at least twice.
Man of the Match - Harry Kane
What else is there to say about Kane that hasn't already been said? Everything the Spurs striker touches at the moment turns to gold - a Liverpool side in such fortuitous mood didn't stand a chance. Kane filled his boots inside five minutes to finally score his first Premier League goal at Wembley, and, after Son was supplied with Spurs second, his second followed soon after to cap yet another fine personal display.
Spurs host London rivals West Ham in the fourth round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Football, before travelling to Manchester United for Saturday's early kick-off, live on Sky Sports Premier League. Having crashed out of the League Cup in round three, Liverpool have the week off before entertaining Huddersfield at Anfield on Saturday.