Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the Premier League match at Anfield, Liverpool. (Peter Powell/PA Wire/PA Images)

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham: Firmino header wins top of table clash

Liverpool were superb and deservedly won the top of the table clash against Tottenham, thanks to a last-minute winner from Roberto Firmino.

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham

Premier League (13), Anfield
December 16, 2020


Salah 26′ (assist: Jones)
Son 33′
Firmino 90′ (assist: Robertson)

With Joel Matip again suffering from injury, it was 19-year-old Rhys Williams who got the nod alongside Fabinho for his Premier League debut.

Aside from that, it was unchanged from the team that drew at Fulham on Sunday – mostly due to no other options, with eight first-team players out injured.

With 2,000 fans in attendance, there were banners on display and a minute’s applause in memory of former manager Gerard Houllier, who passed away this week aged 73.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 16, 2020: Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur players pay tribute to former Liverpool manager Gérard Houllier who passed away earlier in the week, before the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

On the pitch, Liverpool started well and dominated the early exchanges. Predictably, Jose Mourinho’s side sat deep and looked to frustrate the Reds – midfielders Sissoko and Hojberg also had their share of snide, late challenges in midfield.

Roberto Firmino tested Hugo Lloris with a header from an Andy Robertson free-kick, then it was the same man assisting for Mo Salah to have an excellent chance but his shot was straight at the ‘keeper.

And Liverpool deservedly took the lead shortly before the half-hour, with Salah‘s shot taking a deflection and looping over Lloris into the Kop net.

Curtis Jones was superb in the creation of the goal and the young midfielder almost got a goal for himself minutes later, cutting inside but not quite finding the far corner.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 16, 2020: Liverpool's Mohamed Salah (L) celebrates after scoring the first goal with team-mate Curtis Jones during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool were playing some lovely stuff, and Salah in particular was causing problems. The Reds were certainly on it as they looked to go clear at the top of the league. ‘Champions, Champions’ was the chant from the Kop.

But there was a sting as Spurs equalised with their first attack of the game, Son Heung-Min firing past Alisson on the counter-attack.

Liverpool completely controlled the first-half for all-but 10 seconds but were level at the break.

Half time: Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham

  • Rhys Williams PL debut
  • Salah hits 11th goal in 12 PL games
  • Firmino heads in 90th-minute winner
  • Result puts Reds 3 points ahead at top of league

Again Liverpool dominated from the off in the second half, but without really threatening – and it was Spurs who should have gone ahead on the hour when Steven Bergwijn put a good chance against the post, then Harry Kane fluffed a free header from the resulting corner.

That double chance for Spurs was against the run of the play, coming amidst a five-minute spell where Liverpool had 86 percent of the possession.

A superb interception and pass from Williams set Salah away but his right-foot shot was weak and easily saved.

Liverpool were superb in preventing Spurs any counter-attacking opportunities and patiently probed a winner of their own.

That winner finally arrived in the final minute when Roberto Firmino rose and superbly headed home Andy Robertson‘s corner in the 90th minute.

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Wednesday, December 16, 2020: Liverpool's Roberto Firmino scores the winning second goal during the FA Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur FC at Anfield. Liverpool won 2-1. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The win puts Liverpool three points ahead of Tottenham at the top of the league. A massive victory.

TIA Man of the Match: Fabinho

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Attendance: 2,000

Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Rhys Williams, Fabinho, Robertson, Jones, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Salah, Firmino, Mane

Subs not used: Kelleher, Keita, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Origi, Phillips, Neco Williams

Tottenham: Lloris, Aurier, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Sissoko, Hojbjerg, Bergwijn (Reguilon 76′), Lo Celso (Moura 58′), Son (Alli 87′), Kane

Subs not used: Hart, Winks, Rodon, Ndombele

Next Match: Crystal Palace (away, Saturday, 19 December)