LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Liverpool's captain Steven Gerrard celebrates scoring the second goal against Tottenham Hotspur from the penalty spot during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

“A significant victory” – Liverpool fans react to important win over Tottenham

Liverpool defeated Tottenham 3-2 on a topsy-turvy evening at Anfield. We round-up the best reaction from social media both during and after the game.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Tuesday, February 10, 2015: Liverpool's Mario Balotelli [hidden] celebrates scoring the third goal against Tottenham Hotspur with team-mates during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

This was the kind of match the Reds just never used to win. Having been pegged back twice by Mauricio Pochettino’s side, if anything a winning goal from the visitors looked more likely.

But Mario Balotelli, of all people, popped up with a late effort to earn his side a massive three points; his first Premier League goal for Liverpool.

It was a fascinating match from start to finish, in which both sides were going all out for three points, and it highlighted both the strengths and flaws in either team.

Lazar Markovic‘s early goal was cancelled out by the in-form Harry Kane, while Steven Gerrard’s penalty was soon responded to by Moussa Dembele close-range finish.

There were good and bad performers for the Reds. Philippe Coutinho had a huge off-night by his standards, but Jordon Ibe and Emre Can were once again outstanding.

The win leaves Liverpool right in the mix for a top-four finish; just one point behind Spurs, two adrift of Manchester United and three behind Arsenal and Southampton.

Here is how fans, journalists and ex-players reacted to the game on social media:

‘Walter Sobchak’ on the forum:

Absolutely brilliant result! I’m still moaning over the draw against the bitters, but a loss or a draw today would have been devastating to our chances of top 4.

The pitch at Anfield looks horrible and slows down our play. Needs to be sorted in the summer. Happy for Mario – he needed that goal, and so did the team! Ibe is going to be massive for us. Tie him and Sterling down with sneaky-agent-proof contracts ASAP.

‘Hope in your heart’ on the forum:

Really great win against a side with utter self-confidence and on a great run, probably one of the current top three sides in the league.

It was such hard stuff with Tottenham dominating so much in midfield, but the belief and the fighting spirit was there, especially once Gerrard went out. Time to rejoice before the next crunch game at Southampton!

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