Premier League: Klopp satisfied as Liverpool end winless streak

Premier League: Klopp satisfied as Liverpool end winless streak


Liverpool registered a 3-1 away win at Tottenham to end a five-game winless run in the Premier League on Thursday.

The English champions had not even scored in their last four league games,
but Jurgen Klopp said he recognised his side again as their front three sparked
back into life after Roberto Firmino ended a 492-minute goalless drought in
first-half stoppage time.

Kane had soldiered on after twice receiving treatment on ankle knocks in the
first-half and was eventually replaced at the break with Jose Mourinho
predicting the England captain will be absent for at least a few weeks.

“Two injuries in both ankles, the second one worst than the first
one,” said Mourinho.  “A few weeks, I don’t know for sure. There
are some players you can’t replace. When it happens it happens, but I believe
we have to fight against it, we cannot do anything else.”

Liverpool’s worst run in the league since 2017 had seen them slip from the
top of the table to fifth before kick-off with Klopp admitting his first
priority is now to secure Champions League qualification for next season.

But the German was delighted with the response from the Reds as they clicked
back into gear, particularly after going in front.

“What I saw today it’s not about shape or form it’s about who we are,” he
said. “That was us, second half especially it was us. Tonight we knocked a wall
down – that’s good. It is easier to lose (confidence) that’s how it is, but it
is possible to get it back as well. It is not a light you can switch on and
off. You have to show it in the right moment.”

A return to the Champions League is also Spurs’ target in Mourinho’s first
full season in charge, but Tottenham’s chances may now depend on how long Kane
is sidelined.

Kane and Son Heung-min have been the most deadly duo in the Premier League
this season and thought they had combined for the opening goal inside the first
five minutes.

Son finished coolly from Kane’s through ball, but the South Korean had just
strayed offside in the build-up and the goal was ruled out by a VAR review.

There were signs of life in Liverpool’s attacking play despite a 3-2 defeat
to Manchester United in the FA Cup on Sunday and they created many more
clear-cut chances than in recent weeks as Hugo Lloris twice denied Mane with
excellent saves.

With Kane clearly hobbling, Tottenham were clinging on for half-time when
Liverpool finally struck.

Sadio Mane got in behind and squared for Firmino to bundle in at the back
post for his first goal in eight games.

Trent Alexander-Arnold’s drop off in form has been another major part of
Liverpool’s regression from the side that romped to the title last season with
99 points.

However, the England right-back connected sweetly to drill in his side’s
second after Lloris could only parry Mane’s initial effort into his path.

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s brilliant strike from outside the box halved the
deficit just two minutes later.

Liverpool, though, rarely looked troubled after Kane departed and could have
won far more convincingly.

Mohamed Salah’s powerful strike was ruled out after a VAR review for a
handball by Firmino earlier in the move.

But Mane restored the two-goal cushion when he pounced on an error from Joe
Rodon to fire high past Lloris.

Victory takes Liverpool back above West Ham, who they face on Sunday, into
fourth.

Tottenham’s early season form saw them being touted as contenders for a first top-flight title in 60 years ahead of their last clash with Liverpool last month. Now a run of just two wins in eight games has plummeted Mourinho’s men down to sixth, four points adrift of the top four.

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