Reds complete league double over Spurs

English Premier League

Liverpool climbed to fourth spot in the Premier League after defeating Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Thursday evening.

Joel Matip was passed fit for Liverpool and slotted in at the back for Fabinho, as Tottenham introduced Matt Doherty for the injured Sergio Reguilon.

The match got off to a blistering start with Heung-Min Son finishing off a ball from the middle, only for the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to rule an offside soon after Sadio Mane blazed a one-on-one.

A telepathic one-touch move involving Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah midway in the first half saw Liverpool break clear to release Mane to in-turn work a save off goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

Liverpool’s pressure play paid dividends in the final minute of the first half after a cross the left-side by Mane allowed Roberto Firmino to stab home from close-range.

Changes from either side following the restart saw Spurs introduce Harry Winks for Serge Aurier and removed Harry Kane for Erik Lamela, while Matip made way for Nathaniel Phillips.

Spurs were two goals down two minutes in when Lloris parried a scuffed shot from Mane into the path of Trent Alexander-Arnold to rifle into the bottom-corner.

Jose Mourinho’s side hit back immediately after Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg ran onto a ball towards the area to slam into the right-hand corner.

Mohamed Salah looked to have given Liverpool a third with a cracking finish from the right on 57 minutes following a counter-attack, but it was disallowed after Firmino used a hand in the build-up.

However, the third goal came nine minutes later through a first-time strike from the back-post by Mane after a floating ball by Alexander-Arnold.

Spurs pushed for a strong finish in the closing minutes, but the Reds took charge to see out the win and fourth spot in the process.