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Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

31st March 2019, 18:32 by Craig Smithson

Toby Alderweireld's last-minute own goal helped Liverpool move back to the top of the Premier League after they beat Tottenham 2-1.

Jurgen Klopp's men came into the game at Anfield under pressure in their title bid after Manchester City defeated Fulham on Saturday to move back to the summit.

However, they got off to a good start when Roberto Firmino headed them in front just after the 15-minute mark.

Spurs fought back and seemed to have snatched a share of the spoils when Lucas Moura levelled with 20 minutes remaining only for Alderweireld to put through his own net in the 90th-minute to hand Liverpool a vital win which takes them two points above City having played a game more.

Spurs remain in third place, but they are just a point ahead of sixth-placed Chelsea in the fight for a top-four finish.

James Milner and Jordan Henderson replaced Adam Lallana and Fabinho in just two Liverpool changes from the win at Fulham before the international break.

Eric Dier and Kyle Walker-Peters were replaced by Kieran Trippier and Alderweireld from Spurs' 2-1 defeat at Southampton on March 9.

Liverpool started strongly, but it was Spurs who had a couple of efforts at goal as they managed to get some space in the final third in the opening exchanges.

However, the hosts' nerves were settled on 16 minutes when they took the lead as Firmino met Andrew Robertson's pinpoint cross from the left in front of goal and guided his downward header past the diving Hugo Lloris.

Two minutes later Trent Alexander-Arnold got some space after more good build-up play from the left and hit a low strike which fizzed just wide of Lloris' far corner.

There was a scare for Liverpool on 23 minutes when a mix-up between Alisson and James Milner when trying cut out Danny Rose's ball into the area, almost gifted Dele Alli with a tap-in.

Liverpool appeared to be in control only for another mistake, this time a poor pass from Henderson on 33 minutes, handed Alli an opportunity to get a shot off at goal, but his effort from 25 yards dropped inches over the crossbar.

Sadio Mane was close to easing the tension inside Anfield on 38 minutes when he capped a flowing move with an effort which Lloris was grateful to watch sail just wide of his far corner.

Tottenham finished the half the stronger but could not find an equaliser as Liverpool looked relieved to go in at the break to regroup.

However, it was Spurs who again looked bright and they had a great chance to level on 56 minutes.

Harry Kane got a sight of goal down the left of the area before seeing his effort parried away by Alisson straight into the path of Christian Eriksen whose goalbound strike was somehow deflected wide off Robertson's outstretched boot.

Spurs continued to probe and were rewarded with an equaliser in the 70th minute when Kane took a quick free-kick to send Trippier away and he played in Eriksen who helped the ball across the area for Moura to fire in from close range.

Liverpool responded positively to being pegged back as Alexander-Arnold almost caught out Lloris with a cross-shot which the French custodian had to tip over the bar, before the Reds' full-back's 79th-minute corner dropped to Firmino who couldn't force the ball into the net from six yards.

Moussa Sissoko should have put Spurs ahead on the counter-attack with just five minutes remaining when he went surging through the middle and blazed a left-foot strike over the top, while Heung-Min Son was waiting to be played in.

Alli was next to go close to snatching a late goal on 88 minutes when curled a superb effort inches wide with Alisson rooted to the spot.

However, it was Liverpool who grabbed a vital winner in the final minute of normal time when Lloris fumbled a close-range Mohamed Salah header into the legs of Alderweireld who watched in horror as the ball rebounded into his own goal.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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