Spurs 1-2 Liverpool: Reds get revenge with Wijnaldum and Firmino goals

Premier League
Saturday 15 September 2018 - 12:30 pm
Wembley
Tottenham1
2Liverpool
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39'Wijnaldum ⚽️
54'Firmino ⚽️
Dembele off, Lamela on ↔️60'
73'↔️ Firmino off, Henderson on
Winks off, Son on ↔️73'
Dier off, Wanyama on ↔️83'
83'↔️ Keïta off, Sturridge on
⚽️ Lamela90'
90'↔️ Alexander-Arnold off, Matip on
Possession %
6040
Total Shots
36
Shots on Target
14
Shots Blocked
1
Offside
21
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Liverpool made it five wins out of five in the Wembley sunshine, just the third time the club have won their opening five games in England's top league.

Gini Wijnaldum scores his first away goal in the English league, before Roberto Firmino added a second in the second half.  A late goal from Erik Lamela didn't cause too much trouble as the reds maintained position at the top of the league.

Keita preferred

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had made one change to the starting XI from our last game.  Naby Keita returning to the side to replace Jordan Henderson.

From the first whistle the reds looked lively - Sadio Mane put the ball in the net in the first couple of minutes but he was offside.

The reds dominated the opening 25 minutes - first to the ball, first to the second ball and it was a long time before Spurs had a sustained spell of possession themselves.

Mo Salah had another game of missed opportunities but thankfully Gini Wijnaldum decided this game would be good for his first away league goal since he moved to England.

As it happened: Spurs 1-2 LFC

From a Milner corner, the ball made it's way to Wijnaldum in the area and his header was saved by Vorm.  Sadly for the stand-in Spurs keeper, he saved it whilst behind the line.

Wijnaldum league goal v Spurs AWAY

A look at the watch by the referee and the goal-line technology worked perfectly. 1-0 red men.

The reds should have gone into the break 2-0 up.  Wijnaldum was bearing down on goal with the options of Firmino and Keita available but went for the glory with a strange shot/pass that didn't do any damage.

Liverpool improved in the second half.  Andy Robertson saw an early chance rebound off the bar and it was typically good work from the Scotland captain that fed a ball down the wing and into Mane.  The Senegalese man wormed his way into the area before laying it off towards the centre of the goal.  Firmino was there and converted for his second goal of the season.

There was little threat from Spurs throughout large periods of the half.  Mo Salah and Mane had the better of the reds chances, and Keita too managed to fire over from a tight angle.

Similar to the first half, the reds had another 3 on 2 movement but Mane picking the Keita option instead of Salah on his right.

Later in the half Firmino had to go off after sustaining an eye injury which hopefully won't be anything too serious as the reds now look to the next big game.

Even at 2-0 up Klopp had wanted more and was furious when he thought Mo Salah should have passed the ball inside the area before running into traffic.

Spurs got a late ray of hope, not that too many of their supporters were still in the ground to see it, when substitute Lamela was afforded too much space at the back post and drilled a shot past Alisson.  That will be one to keep the defensive coaches at LFC busy in the week ahead.

The Premier League table makes pleasant reading for the reds but there is no time to rest on this result.  Two home games coming up in the next week, beginning with Paris Saint Germain in the Champions League on Tuesday, and then Southampton the visitors to Anfield next weekend.

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