Liverpool defeated Tottenham Hotspur by two goals to one on Sunday night to regain the lead at the top.
An intense tale of two halves concluded at the exquisite stage of Anfield in the most dramatic style as the challengers scored at the death via Toby Alderwild to mark a crucial victory against Tottenham Hotspur.
Premier League has come to its business end and race for the Premier League title is heating up immensely week after week. At this juncture, from the perspective of Liverpool and Manchester City, every fixture is undoubtedly a final.
MASSIVE THREE POINTS 🔴🔴
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) March 31, 2019
Apparently, on Sunday, the Reds ingressed their home ground needing nothing but all important three points. It was Tottenham who went off to a good start but after a period of 10-15 minutes, the hosts gathered a good control on the game and slightly started to cause Spurs’ defense a real problem. It was Roberto Firmino who broke the deadlock for the Reds with a well taken headed finish thanks to a sublime delivery by Andrew Robertson. They had an array of chances in the first 45 minutes but failed to capitalize on them and headed to the half time with a narrow lead on their back.
The second half was quite a revelation for Tottenham, and Liverpool seemed to have lost their propulsion to some extent. Spurs looked like will find an equalizer and they got so when Lucas Moura scored from a close range on the 70th-minute mark. The Kop End was injected with a nervy unsettlement. The Reds’ twelfth man needed a late miracle and they got that yet again.
Ultimately it came down to a set piece and then fascinating cross by Alexander-Arnold that saw Salah’s header palmed out by Tottenham’s gloves-man Hugo Lloris and then it was put into the back of the net by Toby Alderwield. Anfield erupted. Their team won it at the last and regained the top spot yet again. While for Spurs, a loss at Anfield is a significant blow to their top four hopes and Mauricio Pochettino’s men will head to their new stadium with a big task on hand.
Here are the major talking points from this very fixture.
Van Dijk Colossus Yet Again and Reds’ immense full backs
Virgil Van Dijk has been a revelation for Liverpool this season and has been the lifeblood of their title challenge so far. The Dutch rock-solid center back defended sensationally when the situation was 2 on 1 pushing Sissokho to a weak foot finish and keeping his team well alive in the game. He won numerous aerial duels and individual battles with Spurs’ forwards and put forth yet another high caliber performance.
Van Dijk undoubtedly dominated the defense but yet another big applause must go to Liverpool’s full-backs, Andrew Robertson and Alexander-Arnold. The pair has been an integral figure in Reds’ attacking build-ups and they were yet again brilliant on Sunday against Tottenham.
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It was Robertson who provided a delivery for Liverpool’s first goal while Alexander Arnold’s deep cross was crucial in the winning goal.
Tottenham Hotspurs From Title pushers to top four strugglers?
Tottenham Hotspur had a recent dip in their performance and now, they are without a win in their past five premier league games. Two months ago they were getting counted as title challengers but the recent downfall means they are now fighting for top four finish this season.
They have lost a grip on the third place as Arsenal’s win over Newcastle means now the third place is occupied by the Gunners. Tottenham’s points tally now matches with that of Manchester United’s and it only suggests that they need to bend over backward to come in top four places.
Title Race Could go until matchday 38
Before the challengers played, the defending champions had already bagged all the three points against toothless Fulham. But the Reds refused to throw in the towel and are back to the top of the summit after a crucial win over Spurs.
Reds have 79 points in the bag at the moment which are 2 more than Manchester City but have played a game more. This is arguably the tightest title race of the recent past and this all intends that there could be much more drama unfolded in the coming weeks and this unique race for Premier League can go to to the last game.
Man of the match: Andrew Robertson
Reds’ left-back Andrew Roberston had numerous moments of sheer cheer on Sunday night against Tottenham. He provided a delivery for the hosts’ first goal and it means he has now 9 assists in the Premier League this season. Apart from it, he made a sensational block to deny Tottenham and was constantly surging upwards down the left flank. He was influential in Reds’ attack and in defense as well and apparently, he deserves the man of the match honor.
A Look Ahead
Liverpool comes in action on Friday night as they travel to the Southcoast to face Saints while Tottenham begins their journey with their new stadium against Crystal Palace on Thursday night.