Match of the Week: Tottenham 4, Liverpool 1


Premier League logoThe Wembley curse surely has vanished after Tottenham‘s dominant performance against Liverpool Sunday.

It did not take long for Tottenham to seize control of the game. Four minutes in, a throw-in by Kieran Trippier to Christian Eriksen resulted in tight passing among four Spurs players within Liverpool’s defending corner. Upon receiving the ball back after his throw-in, Trippier played a perfectly placed lob over the head of Dejan Lovren. Harry Kane took the pass, cut inside, dribbled around the goalkeeper and shot into a wide-open net.

Seven minutes later, Tottenham struck again. After catching a poor Liverpool cross, Hugo Lloris initiated a counterattack by throwing a long pass to Kane. Kane controlled the throw, dribbled a few yards, and passed it to a wide-open Son Heung-Min in front of goal. Son finished the pass with his first touch and put Tottenham up by two.

Liverpool clawed back within a goal in the 24th minute. After dispossessing Kane at half field, Liverpool played a ball over the heads of Tottenham’s defense. Mohamed Salah ran onto the ball and placed a slow and low shot to the opposite post, getting past Lloris.

To add additional offense, Liverpool Manager Jürgen Klopp subbed Alex Oxalde-Chamberlain for Lovren in the 31st minute, setting the tone for Liverpool’s game plan.

The first half ended heavily in Tottenham’s favor. Liverpool marginally retained more possession.

Much like the first half, Tottenham scored only a few minutes after kickoff. In the 48th minute, Eriksen placed a free kick into Liverpool’s box only to be deflected right into the feet of Deli Alli at the top of the box. Alli smashed Joel Matip‘s poor clearance into the back of Liverpool’s net.

Seven minutes later, Spurs tallied their fourth and final goal. Another free kick resulted in Jan Vertoghen taking a shot in the six-yard box. His shot was blocked and deflected to Kane, who tallied his second goal of the night into a wide open net.

After that, Liverpool rolled over and let the game finish the way it was.

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