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Liverpool back on top as late own goal secures win

Liverpool moved back again top of the Premiership League in remarkable trend as Toby Alderweireld’s last minute own goal defeated Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday.

As it happened: Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur 

Liverpool’s hopes of ending a 29-12 months hold out to win the title seemed set to be dealt a huge blow as Lucas Moura’s strike 20 minutes from time cancelled out Roberto Firmino’s early opener.

However, Hugo Lloris could only palm Mohamed Salat’s header into the route of the unfortunate Alderweireld to condemn Tottenham to a fourth defeat in five Premier League games.

Spurs are now in serious danger of crashing out of the top 4 as they stay level on points with Manchester United and could be usurped by north London rivals Arsenal into third must the Gunners beat Newcastle on Monday.

And the visitors will be still left to regret a massive skipped chance by Moussa Sissoko 5 minutes from time when Liverpool had been wobbling.

The hosts got off to the best start when Firmino headed home the opener on 16 minutes from a pleasant Andy Robertson cross.

That was Robertson’s 12th assist of the season from still left-again and the Scotland skipper was concerned again in a flowing move moments afterwards as he forged down the remaining and neat touches from Salah, and Georginio Wijnaldum teed up Sadio Mane to curl just wide.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino was serving the last of a two-game sideline ban and without the need of the guiding hand of the Argentine, they lacked inspiration in the closing third.

However, Liverpool were generally causing their possess issues by gifting away possession inside their very own 50 % and Dele Alli pounced on a slack move by his England teammate Jordan Henderson to ability a volley that dipped just over the bar with Spurs’ most effective effort of the 1st-50 percent.

Virgil van Dijk experienced a great chance to double the hosts’ lead at the commence of the next period, but the Dutch defender headed above soon after a effectively-worked quick corner in between Trent Alexander-Arnold and James Milner.

On the other hand, Liverpool have been thankful once again to Robertson at the other conclude as he made a very important block to protect against Christian Eriksen firing home the rebound just after Alisson Becker was compelled into his first save of the afternoon by Harry Kane.

When these two sides achieved at Anfield final season, Salah scored lots of goal of the season candidates amidst an extraordinary 44-goal campaign.

The Egyptian even now has a respectable 20 this season, but only a person of those has appear in the previous 11 games and he passed up a great opportunity to give Liverpool some terribly needing respiration place when his shot was blocked by Alderweireld with Mane superior put and begging for a pass.

That missed possibility seemed pricey as Tottenham struck again.

Kane’s quick wondering and exceptional long-array go picked out Kieran Trippier, who fed Eriksen and his scuffed shot fell beautifully for Moura to turn home.

As Liverpool surged ahead in look for of a winner, Spurs could have picked them off as Sissoko blazed more than with just Alisson to conquer ahead of Alli clipped a shot inches wide.

In its place, there was delirium in front of the Kop finish as Lloris need to have handled Salah’s header, but rather parried the ball into Alderweireld and the ball ricocheted around the line to breathe refreshing lifetime into Liverpool’s title problem.