Salah At The Double As Liverpool Sink Spurs

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London, Nov 6 (UrduPoint/Pakistan Point News – Nov 7, 2022): Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday to hold their hexagon on the London club, returning to winning ways after two defeats consecutive in the Premier League.

Jurgen Klopp’s men started the game 10 points behind fourth-placed Spurs, with questions growing over their ability to even challenge for the Champions League places next season.

But they dominated the contest early on and took an early lead when the impressive Darwin Nunez launched Salah, who fired into the bottom corner.

The visitors’ intensity dropped as the half wore on, but they were leading 2-0 shortly before half-time when Salah took advantage of a horrific error from Eric Dier, who headed the ball in directly in the path of the Egyptian striker.

Harry Kane pulled a goal back in the 70th minute as decibels rose among the crowd of 62,000, but Spurs could not avoid a third defeat in four league games.

Klopp celebrated victory with his overhead punches in front of Liverpool fans, enjoying his side’s first away win in the league since May.

“I got a little carried away but it’s big, absolutely big,” said the German manager, whose squad have been uncharacteristically inconsistent this season.

“What we have to show is that we are not hit too hard when we concede a goal.

“I like it tonight… We can’t be consistent playing exceptionally well all the time. It’s about showing the resilience we showed tonight.” Spurs, who have now lost seven of the last nine Premier League games between the sides, were without South Korean striker Son Heung-min, who suffered a broken bone around his left eye in his side’s win in the Champions League against Marseille in the middle of the week.

Nunez, marauding down the left side of Liverpool’s attack, tested Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris early and was Salah’s opener provider, controlling Andrew Robertson’s pass and feeding the Egyptian, who fired home in the 11th minute.

– Becker’s brilliance – Tottenham found their feet as the half progressed and were only denied an equalizer when Alisson Becker saved Perisic from close range after a precise cross from Kane.

Midway through the opening period, the home fans demanded a penalty when Ryan Sessegnon fell under a challenge from Trent Alexander-Arnold, but referee Andrew Madley dismissed the claims and VAR did not intervene.

Liverpool, who had lost their previous two Premier League games to Nottingham Forest and Leeds, gave Spurs a mountain to climb by doubling their lead in the 40th minute.

Becker kicked the ball up the pitch and Dier headed it but horribly mistimed it, straight into the path of Salah, who lifted the ball over Lloris and into the net.

Tottenham came out of the blocks early in the second half.

England defender Dier, desperate to make amends, forced Alisson into a diving save before Perisic rattled the bar.

They finally made their intense pressure count with 20 minutes left when substitute Dejan Kulusevski, who had just been signed, set up Kane, who fired home from a sharp angle.

Spurs centre-back Clement Lenglet headed in close as the minutes ticked away but Liverpool held on to register their fifth league win of the season.

Man of the Match Salah has now scored 10 goals in 10 games in all competitions after a sluggish start to the season.

“Everyone will remember one of the best strikers we’ve ever seen because the numbers will be absolutely crazy,” Klopp said, dismissing the player’s struggles at the start of the season.

Spurs boss Antonio Conte has lamented the injuries his side have suffered this season and said they are not the finished article despite the improvements made during his year in charge.

“We are far from other teams that are used to winning and they have a (strong) squad to win,” he said.

“If we understand this together it will be good. Everyone wants to win. I am the first to want to win but we need time and patience.”

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