In the Premier League, Roberto Firmino ended the 483-minute goal drought of Liverpool to set the champion on his way to a 3-1 victory over Tottenham on Thursday and revive his faltering title defense. As Liverpool ended a five-game winless streak in a league it won so resoundingly last season, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane both netted.
Alexander-Arnold said, “We were really up for the game, everybody was in it.” “No one misplaced too much of a foot and it was an incredible performance from the lads.”
The victory began with VAR ruling out an opener for Tottenham when Son Heung-min was adjudged to be offside, bringing Liverpool to fourth place. Shortly after Alexander-Arnold scored at the beginning of the second half, Pierre-Emile Højbjerg narrowed the deficit to 2-1 with a strong shot, but the Liverpool right-back set up Mane for the third winner.
Although Liverpool pulled Manchester City’s leader within four points, Tottenham’s Jose Mourinho is eight points adrift in sixth following its first loss in 2021, although with a game in hand.
And Mourinho is facing an anxious wait to discover the seriousness of the injury to Harry Kane after the striker went down twice in the first half, grabbing his left ankle before being substituted at the interval.
Mourinho said, “He is wounded in both ankles.” He said he could deal with one pain, but both were very painful and very sore, and he couldn’t. He absolutely couldn’t. He’s a guy with a strong spirit of sacrifice who can fight pain, but it was hard for him.
The North London club, which is in danger of failing to qualify for the Champions League for a second straight season since reaching the final in 2019, losing to Liverpool, has problems at the back too. Due to injuries, Liverpool was forced to play midfielder Jordan Henderson at center back and also missed Joel Matip with an ankle ligament injury at halftime.
But Tottenham’s back three had a more delicate look. “Our errors have punished us,” Mourinho said. “For us, it’s nothing new.”
How different this game would have been, though, had Son not been slightly offside when Kane released him before scoring.