Four things Jurgen Klopp got right as Liverpool beat Tottenham in a seven-goal thriller
Liverpool won a thrilling match 4-3 against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for Europe next season.
You know a game has entered the red zone of intensity when the manager pulls a hamstring.
Liverpool Dominates, but Tottenham Strikes Back
The game saw Liverpool take a three-goal lead inside the opening 15 minutes, thanks to goals from Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz, and Mohamed Salah before Spurs clawed their way back into the match with goals from Harry Kane and Heung-min Son.
Harry Kane moved joint-second in the all-time Premier League scoring chart with a goal in Tottenham’s defeat at Liverpool. Having moved alongside Wayne Rooney on 208, Kane has only record scorer Alan Shearer ahead of him in the years since the top flight’s rebranding.
Richarlison equalized for Spurs in stoppage time before Diogo Jota scored a minute later to grab the dramatic winner for Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp’s team selection and tactical approach proved to be the key factors in their win.
Klopp’s Intense Tactical Approach Triumphs
Klopp’s team started the game with high intensity that Spurs struggled to cope with, and they continued with the approach later in the half when chasing more goals. Diaz, who was making his first start since October, scored just five minutes into the game, which proved to be a boost for Klopp.
Jones, who Klopp chose to start again, impressed in midfield, as did Alexander-Arnold, who moved into the center of the pitch. Spurs were unable to cope with the extra man in midfield, which proved to be a huge advantage for Liverpool.
Although Spurs managed to come back into the game, their efforts fell short in the end, and they lost the match. The game was decided from the bench when Richarlison equalized for Spurs in stoppage time, only for Jota to score a minute later to win the game for Liverpool.
Klopp’s tactical approach proved successful, and the win puts Liverpool in a better position to qualify for Europe next season.
Klopp’s Hysterical Celebration After Dramatic Win
Jurgen Klopp’s over-exuberant celebration of Diogo Jota’s 94th-minute winning goal was in keeping with an afternoon that kept Liverpool’s hopes of Champions League qualification intact; hysterical, confusing, and more than slightly absurd.
After the free-kick, Klopp manically dashed at the fourth official, John Brooks, to argue justice was done, only to pull up with his face contorted in agony before hobbling back to the technical area.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp speaking to Sky Sports:
“For a long period of the first half it was the best game we had played so far. First half was good, we conceded a goal but it was the first time we didn’t defend properly.”
Overall, Liverpool’s win against Tottenham was an exciting and thrilling match, with both teams displaying great fortitude throughout the game.
However, Liverpool’s intensity and tactical approach proved to be the key factors in their win, and it will be interesting to see how they continue to perform in the remaining matches of the season.