Rampant Reds open 16-point lead

English Premier League

Liverpool picked up a 12th Premier League win in a row after seeing off Tottenham Hotspur 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Saturday evening.

Jose Mourinho raised eyebrows when he gave a debut to Japhet Tanganga ahead of Jan Vertonghen and Eric Dier. Meanwhile, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain replaced the injured James Milner as the Reds only change.

Liverpool almost raced into a second-minute lead through Roberto Firmino, however the latter’s shot inside the area came off the inside post after Paulo Gazzaniga blocked his initial strike.

Gazzaniga denied the Reds again on the halfway mark as he pulled off a smart save to keep out Virgil Van Dijk’s header after Spurs failed to clear their lines following a corner kick.

Spurs' resistance was finally broken when Firmino beat Tanganga to possession in the area to drill into the far corner, with a Video Assistant Referee check approving the strike.

Liverpool were on the back foot right after halftime when Lucas Moura broke into the area to fashion a shot, but the effort drifted away from goal.

Momentum returned to the Reds, as Gazzaniga pulled off a smart stop from Firmino’s shot on 59 minutes with the visitors keen to extend their lead at the top of the standings.

Jurgen Klopp threw on the game’s first change three minutes later, with Oxlade-Chamberlain sacrificed for Adam Lallana in midfield.

Spurs missed a big chance to go level in the final 15 minutes when Heung Min-son shot over the bar from close range after a pass from Moura.

The hosts had another chance to level seven minutes remaining, but Giovanni Lo Celso fired Serge Aurier’s delivery across goal much to the frustration of manager Mourinho, as Liverpool held on for three points.

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