Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp was able to set up his team well enough to get the maximum three points at Anfield against Jose Mourinho‘s in-form Tottenham Hotspur. The Premier League match which took place on Wednesday, December 16, ended 2-1 in favor of the reigning Premier League champions.
The host scored the first goal through the boots of Mohammed Salah in the 26th minute before Tottenham’s Heung-Min Son forced the first half of the match to end 1-1 in the 33rd minute.
Tottenham returned to the second half of the match looking more like a team that was ready to conquer the night. The team missed a series of goal scoring opportunities including Harry Kane’s gilt-edged heading opportunity and Steven Bergwijn shooting a goalscoring chance to the sidebar.
When Tottenham failed to take the chances the club had, Liverpool’s Roberto Firmino stepped up to break the hearts of Jose Mourinho and his boys by scoring in the 90th minute to force the league game to end 2-1.
From the start of the game until the end of the match, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool dominated Jose Mourinho’s team in almost every aspect of the match. For instance, Liverpool enjoyed 76 percent of the ball possession while Spurs made do with just 24 percent of the possession.
Liverpool’s attack line had more opportunities to score as the club recorded 17 shots, 11 of the shots were on target. While Tottenham made do with 8 shots and only 2 of the shots were on target.
As expected, Tottenham soaked in the pressure as they attempted to seal the game on counter-attacks. But Klopp’s men were able to break Mourinho’s defense to end the night with the three points.
Mourinho’s defeat last night has brought his number of defeats in the hands of Klopp to 6, while he has managed to win the German tactician twice in 12 meetings. The other four meetings ended in a draw.
As it stands, Tottenham’s defeat in the hands of Liverpool on Wednesday night has forced Tottenham to resume a second fiddle role on the league table. Currently, Tottenham are placed second with 25 points in 13 league games, while Liverpool are now the league table leaders with 28 points in 13 games.
Mourinho said: “Looking to the performance, I am happy with the team. I am happy with our proposal, the proposal of going to every match to win it. Sometimes you cannot do it. Sometimes you cannot play better than you did because of the opponent.
“Today, I think, in such a difficult game against such a good team, the boys were very good, and we are punished.
“You have to kill matches of this dimension; you just have to kill it. The game was there. We were in the face of the keeper two or three times and you just have to kill it.
“Steven Bergwijn was face-to-face with the keeper two times, we had the corner when Harry [Kane] had the free header, we had other counter-attacking situations that we did not finish. We had it, we knew how to hurt [them] and we should have done much better than we did.”
Good morning, Reds 😁🔴 pic.twitter.com/BqgGa0fp3e— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 17, 2020