EPL:Spurs are yet to recover from their back-to-back defeats , but five wins out of five for Liverpool.

Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli misses the visit of Liverpool because of the hamstring injury he sustained playing for England last weekend

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FULL – TIME

TOTTENHAM 1-2 LIVERPOOL

Until today, Jurgen Klopp had won away at every London Premier League club apart from Tottenham, and had never won a competitive game at Wembley.
Until today…

*First time in PL Liverpool have won first five games

*Wijnaldum heads in to give Liverpool lead

*Wijnaldum’s 19th Premier League career goal but first away from home

*Firmino scores second from a yard out
Lamela smashes in from close range in injury time

Had Tottenham somehow managed to sneak a goal there at the end it would have been a case of Liverpool mugging themselves after spurning so many decent opportunities to try to get Salah on the scoresheet.
Is he really that precious that he needs to score? They have to be more clinical and less self-indulgent. Tottenham were as poor at the back as I’ve seen under Pochettino and I’ve seen them play with Kaboul and Naughton.

Mane and Salah seem desperate to get goals, goals, goals. Not a bad trait for strikers but it came as the expense of team play today and a scoreline that probably would have looked far more comfortable.

Liverpool won, great result, but there was a lot of selfishness today – particularly from Mané and Salah; Klopp was going berserk at their decisions. That must stop.


Although,Liverpool deserved the win, despite the little flurry from Tottenham at the end. Over the 95 minutes the visitors were the better side and could have had four or even five with their effective attacking on the break.
We all thought Liverpool would challenge for the title this season and so far they look the business. They have the Champions League starting and the cup competitions to come so we’ll see how they get on, but it’s a strong start.
Klopp has the squad for it and this is the year that, if you’re Klopp, you’ve got to win a trophy.

So, that’s back-to-back defeats for Spurs, but five wins out of five for Liverpool.
They are clear at the top of the table, at least until Watford and Chelsea – the other teams with 100% records – play later this afternoon.

Liverpool deserved their three points and a fifth successive victory but they are nowhere near their best.

2:22pm
90+5 min
Rose with a long throw pinballs through to Son on the right. He takes a touch instead of shooting first time and slices a shot out for a goalkick when closed down.

2:21pm
90+4 min
Havings squandered so many chances, Tottenham put the willies up Liverpool with a goal from the corner. Lamela trapped it on his chest beyond the back post, the ball took an age to drop – no Liverpool defender bothered to close him down and he thrashed a left-foot volley in from a tight angle.

2:20pm
Goal!
Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool (Lamela)

2:19pm
90+3 min
Tottenham attack up the right, Lamela crosses to the back post and Rose’s shot is blocked by Gomez. Corner.

2:19pm
90+2 min
The first of five minutes of added time ends with Mane greedily shooting when a team-mate was better placed. Then Tottenham concede possession cheaply and Sturridge tries to stab a pass through to Mane who is offside.

2:17pm
90 min
Liverpool make their final substitution: Alexander-Arnold departs. Matip comes on and Gomez goes to right-back. Milner and Salah fail to keep it in the corner but retain possession, Still a way to go after the delay for Firmino’s treatment.

89 mins
Liverpool’s best start to a Premier League season

Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
Even without that third goal, Liverpool are closing in on a fifth win from their first five league games, which would be their best start to a season since 1991-92. Their fans are enjoying themselves too, and are currently making a lot of noise.

I’m not convinced Dier is good enough for Tottenham. Makes too many mistakes and seems to have plateaued.
Dier has been very appropriately named today
Eric Dier is so overrated
‘Has Kane had a single shot?’

Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
I can’t remember Tottenham creating a single chance in the final third… and they are the home side! Pretty football at times but nothing dangerous at all.
There is something not right about Spurs, with their energy levels seemingly so low. Has Kane had a single shot? Has Eriksen been on the pitch in this second half?

86 mins
Spurs still have hope
Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is going ballistic with his forwards for failing to put this game to bed, and here is why.
Spurs work the ball forward and Erik Lamela has a pop. His shot is off target, but not by much.
Moments later, Lamela turns provider, as Spurs find Kane at the back post. His header is looping goalwards but it is easily dealt with by Allison.

2:12pm
84 min
Salah selfishly hangs on to the ball to work a tight shooting opportunity that he cannot convert because two defenders stand between in and goal. Had he squared it to Sturridge the centre-forward would have had an easy finish. Klopp goes spare on the touchline. Greed is not good.

83 mins
SUBSTITUTION
Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
Both sides decide it is time to make a change.
Daniel Sturridge replaces Naby Keita for Liverpool.
For Spurs, Victor Wanyama is on for Eric Dier
2:10
82 min
Mane finds the space to scuff a shot at Vorm who looks fine as a shot-stopper like most Dutch keepers but unsteady elsewhere. Keita finally departs for Sturridge. Tottenham send on Wanyama for Dier.

2:09pm
80 min
A huge dispiriting and dispirited groan from Tottenham fans when a pass from Rose goes astray. Liverpool break, Milner charges through the centre of the pitch then opens his body to spray a pass to Salah cutting in from the right. He cocks his leg to feign and manipulate the defenders out of the road then finally flays a left-foot curling shot too close to Vorm who dives to push it away.

2:06pm
78 min
Liverpool free-kick on halfway but they’re happy to have and to hold and play it around midfield.

2:04pm
76 min
Spurs now have the pace they need but not the time.

75 mins
SUBSTITUTION
Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
Jordan Henderson is on the pitch now, but it was Roberto Firmino who came off in the end. At the moment Naby Keita is playing up front for the Reds.

73 mins
SUBSTITUTION
Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
A change for Liverpool, with Reds skipper Jordan Henderson about to come on for Naby Keita to help to see this one out.
I say about to, because Roberto Firmino is down and getting treatment after a clash with Jan Vertonghen… it looks like he got scratched in the face.
Reds boss Jurgen Klopp wants to see how Firmino is before taking Keita off.
Meanwhile, Spurs make a change. Heung-min Son is back from winning the Asian Games with South Korea and replaces Harry Winks.

Is Harry Kane still on the pitch? Very quiet day for him.
Conor : Another big game, another disappearing act from Harry Kane. Personification of Spurs really, great against sub-par teams and then do nothing when it comes to crunch time.

12:55
‘The home fans are getting frustrated’
Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

Liverpool have looked so, so good on the counter-attack today. They have slipped the ball so easily behind the Tottenham back four at times.
However, Liverpool’s good play has, at times, been equalled by how poor Tottenham’s has been. Almost 73 minutes gone and the home fans are getting frustrated because they’ve simply not seen enough quality.

2.00
72 min
Firmino has an eye problem but can continue. Klopp meanwhile is having an argument about whether he has already committed to Keita coming off. The officials say he has. Meanwhile Son comes on for Winks.

1:59pm
70 min
He is supposed to come on for Keita after a foul on Firmino but the long delay for treatment gives Klopp pause for thought.

1:58pm
68 min
Jordan Henderson strips off his tracksuit and stands on the touchline, waiting for a break.

67 mins
Kane cannot find the finish
Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
The more men Spurs commit forward, the more vulnerable they look at the back.
They are still trying to find a way back into this game, though, and get another sniff when Christian Eriksen’s cross-shot falls behind Harry Kane, whose attempted flicked finish flies away from goal, not towards it.

12:52
A fair scoreline for a club who are happy with what they have got vs a club who are trying to win things. Spurs are getting what they deserve here.
For all the fuss about how poor the players have been, which they have, why is Pochettino being so stubborn in not bringing on Son? Too late now, should’ve done it at half-time.

64 mins
Liverpool should have wrapped this up
Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool
Things almost get worse for Spurs. Where is their defence?

Liverpool are three versus two as Sadio Mane runs into the Spurs area and he chooses to set up Naby Keita to his left rather than Mo Salah to his right.
Keita lets fly with a stinging shot, but it is too close to Michel Vorm, who pushes the ball over the bar.

Liverpool in complete control

Liverpool are cruising this as they make another impressive statement of Premier League title intent.
Spurs. on the other hand, have mysteriously looked pretty much out on their feet from the first whistle, lethargic in all areas and short of ideas.

62 min
Crunching tackle from Gomez on Lucas Moura to make up for his error that almost allowed the winger give him the slip.

1:49pm
60 min
Milner whips in the cross and Van Dijk wins the header to the left of the penalty spot but is well-marshalled so his header hits Alderweireld and drops to the floor where Vorm smothers it.

59 min
Spurs substitution – Lamela on for Dembele. Liverpool have a free kick, 22 yards out by the right touchline.

1:46pm
58 min
Spurs are all over the place at the back. I can’t emphasise that enough. For want of a nail, eh, Mr Levy.

1:44pm
54 min
A lovely lofted ball up the left freed Mane behind Trippier and he controlled it with a cushioned trap, spun Dier and hurtled towards goal. He pings in a flat cross that Vertonghen slides in and knocks on to the post. Vorm who should have shouted to the captain and gathered it was then isolated and Firmino had a tap in. Gary Neville feels he should have saved it – he would have done if Vertonghen had let him but he should have bawled at him to stay away. Clear they don’t trust him.

1:40pm
GOAL!
Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool (Firmino)

40pm
51 min
A lightning run from Lucas Moura shreds Gomez and Alexander-Arnold as he flies down the inside-left channel, cuts infield and then whistles a low shot that shaves the left post. Clever attempted finish to try to catch Alisson out and his run and pace caught Liverpool dozing there.

1:38pm
48 min
Now Liverpool attack up the left and test Vorm under the high ball again. He survives the test just when Robertson’s cross is deflected on to the bar and then pulls off a good reaction save when Dembele is dispossessed in midfield with Rose and Trippier ahead of him. Liverpool pour forward, Mane receives the ball in the box, turns and shoots to the keeper’s right.

1:35pm
47 min
Winks knocks Wijnaldum over halfway between the Liverpool box and halfway. They make a hash of the free-kick and Gomez is caught in possession. Kane bombs towards the box but Van Dijk covering for his partner, manages to get his foot in to take the sting and precision out of the shot.

1:33pm
46 min
Dier starts the half on the right of a back three. All the half-time pundits – Robbie Keane, Souness and Jamie Redknapp – think Son Heung-min has to come on soon.

Vorm fails to make amends for his punch and keep out Wijnaldum’s header

HALF TIME

TOTTENHAM 0-1 LIVERPOOL

Liverpool are half-way to making it five wins out of five.

Liverpool were the better side and deserve their lead. You can see Tottenham’s quality as an attacking force with their passing, crossing and c;ever positioning but in midfield and defence they’ve been panicky and loose. If they have switched their philosophy to thinking attack is the best form of defence, they need more pace to trouble Liverpool. It’s not a great game so far. Plenty in it but neither are at their fluent best.

Tottenham have room for considerable improvement, and are quite fortunate not to be further behind.

45 min
Tottenham seem to have had the stuffing knocked out of them. Keita picks them apart with a pass down the channels and Vorm has to bomb off his line to stop Mane getting to it with the defence nowhere. I’ve never seen such an open defence against Liverpool. What are they playing at?

1:16pm
42 min
Wijnaldum has scored away from home in the Premier League for the first time in his career. And he almost immediately has an opportunity to score a second or set up Mane at the back post after Milner splits the Spurs defence with a slider of a pass. Wijnaldum at the right post shoots instead of squaring it and Vorm parries it safe.

43 mins
Wijnaldum fancies a second goal
Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool
A chance for a second Liverpool goal, as Georginio Wijnaldum finds himself in acres of space on the right of the area.
Roberto Firmino is waiting in the middle but Wijnaldum has just scored the first Premier League away goal of his career so you can hardly blame him for having another pop… but his scuffed effort trundles wide.

41′ That goal really sums up Spurs’ defensive performance so far. The corner was conceded after sloppy play and Vorm’s error rubs salt in the wounds of Pochettino’s side.

39′ GOAL! 1-0 Liverpool! Spurs fail to deal with the initial corner, with Vorm coming out but failing to collect, and Wijnaldum heds back towards goal. Michael Oliver consults his watch and the goal is given, with replays showing the ball was indeed over the line.

37′ The game continues to be a scrappy affair as we edge towards the interval and both sides look like they need to break to reassess their tactics.

35′ Spurs are moving the ball around well but are yet to create a chance from open play, with Kane still having very few moments in possession.

24′ Liverpool have burst back into life as Salah feeds a ball through to Firmino, who charges into the box but is halted by a fine tackle from Alderweireld.

22′ SAVE! Spurs caught napping as Dier’s poor pass is pounced upon by Salah, who charges between Vertonghen and Alderweireld but sees his shot saved by Vorm.

20′ Still not much happening on the field as the two sides are involved in a battle in midfield. The likes of Salah and Kane have seen very little of the ball in threatening areas.

18′ It does seem that the game is being influenced by an international hangover, as most of the players for both sides were active for their nations during the past couple of weeks.

12:47
TOTTENHAM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
18: Klopp applauds as Mane looks to switch out to the right side but overhits the pass to Alexander-Arnold. It was the right option as the full-back was in space.

12:46
TOTTENHAM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
16: Dier curls a cross into the box but Gomez is there to head clear. Robertson then whacks the ball long to get it away from the Liverpool box.

12:44
TOTTENHAM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
14: Jamie Redknapp says Tottenham have been “very passive” so far.
It’s certainly a very different start to the last meeting between these sides at Wembley when Spurs led 2-0 by this

Oh no!

14′ Liverpool have scored in 11 of their last 12 Premier League meetings with Spurs, only failing to find the net in a 0-0 draw in Klopp’s first game in charge.

12:42
TOTTENHAM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
Gary Neville: “Spurs will have problems if Liverpool win the ball in the midfield third. They will cut through them on the counter-attack.”

The game has settled down now and Spurs are seeing more of the ball, although they are yet to threaten Alisson’s goal.

TOTTENHAM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
11: Most of Liverpool’s attacks are coming down the right side. They are finding spaces because Tottenham’s full-backs are pushing high up the pitch.
12:39

10′ The Reds continue to look extremely dangerous down their right flank but it has been Firmino, not Salah, who has been the biggest thorn in Spurs’ side.

TOTTENHAM 0-0 LIVERPOOL
9: Trippier bends in the free-kick from the right side and Alderweireld gets there first and heads over…but he was offside anyway.


8′ It has been all Liverpool in the early stages of this game but the home fans at Wembley have raised the noise levels in an attempt to push their side towards better performances.

MATCH FACTS
Head-to-head

Tottenham’s solitary win in their 11 most recent Premier League games against Liverpool was a 4-1 victory at Wembley last season.
The only time the Reds have failed to score in their last 12 league matches against Spurs was in Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge back in October 2015.
The 149 goals scored in Premier League matches between these sides is second only to the 151 goals in the Arsenal-Everton fixture.
Tottenham Hotspur

A Spurs win would equal their highest tally of 12 points after five matches of a Premier League season.
Tottenham could lose consecutive league games for the first time since their final two fixtures of the 2015-16 season.
They have won eight of their past nine Premier League home games, with the exception a 3-1 defeat by Manchester City in April.
Spurs had not lost a league game in which they had taken the lead for 48 matches until they were defeated 2-1 by Watford.
Harry Kane could become the third player to score in five consecutive Premier League home matches for Spurs, emulating Jermain Defoe and Son Heung-Min. Kane has scored five goals in seven Premier League appearances against Liverpool.
Liverpool

They are aiming to win their opening five games of a top-flight season for only the third time, having done so in 1978-79 and 1990-91.
Including the final game of last season, Liverpool have won their last five league matches. The last time they won six in succession was during a club record 11-game run in April 2014 under Brendan Rodgers.
However, Liverpool have lost their last four fixtures at Wembley Stadium since beating Everton 2-1 in an FA Cup semi-final in April 2012.
They only took one point out of a possible 15 in away fixtures last season against the other top-six sides, conceding a total of 15 goals.
Mo Salah has scored five goals in seven competitive appearances against Spurs.

Tottenham
13Vorm
2Trippier
4Alderweireld
5Vertonghen
3Rose
15Dier
8Winks
19Dembélé
23Eriksen
10Kane
27Lucas Moura
Substitutes
6D Sánchez
7Son Heung-Min
11Lamela
12Wanyama
22Gazzaniga
24Aurier
33Davies

Liverpool
13Alisson
66Alexander-Arnold
12Gomez
4van Dijk
26Robertson
7Milner
5Wijnaldum
8Keita
11Salah
9Roberto Firmino
10Mané
Substitutes
3Fabinho
14Henderson
15Sturridge
18Moreno
22Mignolet
23Shaqiri
32Matip

Referee:
Michael Oliver
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