Liverpool leave it late to end Tottenham’s unbeaten run

December 17, 2020
Liverpool leave it late to end Tottenham's unbeaten run. AFP

Roberto Firmino’s 90th-minute winner took Liverpool top of the Premier League as a 2-1 win at Anfield on Wednesday ended Tottenham’s 11-game unbeaten league run.

Spurs looked set to hold onto top spot and further strengthen their case to be considered contenders for a first league title in 60 years when Son Heung-min’s strike on the counter-attack cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s deflected opener for the hosts.

Tottenham even had the chances in the second-half to end Liverpool’s now 66-game unbeaten home run in the Premier League as Steven Bergwijn hit the post and Harry Kane uncharacteristically headed a huge opportunity over.

However, Jose Mourinho’s men were undone at the death when Firmino rose highest to power home Andy Robertson’s corner before running the full length of the field to celebrate in front of 2,000 fans at the Kop end.

Before kick-off, the Liverpool support, players and officials paid their respects to former manager Gerard Houllier, who died earlier this week at 73.

Late goals were a trait of some of Houllier’s greatest successes when he guided the Reds to a hat-trick of cup competitions 20 years ago.

And Jurgen Klopp’s men demonstrated why they remain the favourites in a wide-open title race with their ability to consistently win tight games late on.

Firmino’s downward header produced Hugo Lloris’s first save of a busy night for the French goalkeeper before Salah stung his palms again with a shot from the edge of the area.

Liverpool earned their luck for the opening goal when Salah’s shot took a huge deflection off Toby Alderweireld and looped beyond the helpless Lloris in off the far post.