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Liverpool 2-1 Spurs: Every player rated as Alderweireld own goal sends Liverpool top of the league

By Chris Smith

Published: 18:40, 31 March 2019

Liverpool returned to the top of the Premier League after snatching a late 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on Sunday.

The Reds dominated the first half and deservedly took a 1-0 lead into the break courtesy of a Roberto Firmino goal.

Spurs rallied in the second half and grabbed a well-earned equaliser through Lucas Moura, but disaster struck once again as Hugo Lloris spilled a Mohamed Salah header onto the unfortunate Toby Alderweireld for an own goal.

Here are the full player ratings from Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur.


Alisson – 4 – Had a number of very nervous moments throughout the game, misplacing passes and making a complete mess of coming for a long ball from Danny Rose. Only had two shots to deal with, the first one he parried straight back into danger and was bailed out by an Andy Robertson block, while the second he failed to make himself big as Lucas fired home the Spurs equaliser.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 8 – His crosses caused Spurs problems all afternoon, including the deep one to the far post for Liverpool’s late winner. That was redemption for Alexander-Arnold after he had earlier switched off to allow Lucas to equalise.

Joel Matip – 7 – Won a match-high three aerial duels and gobbled up a number of threatening Spurs crosses. Was very wasteful with the ball again but that won’t matter to Jurgen Klopp as long as he keeps carrying out his defensive duties.

Virgil van Dijk – 8 – Brilliant once again from the league’s best centre-back. Made a number of important blocks and tackles to keep Spurs at bay, while he defended brilliantly when left two-on-one by Sissoko and Son, forcing the former to fire over the bar.

Andy Robertson – 8 – Put in a wonderful cross for Firmino’s opener and had a great game both going forward and at the back. A real brick wall when coming up against wide men and Robertson tucked in brilliantly to help out Van Dijk when required.

Georginio  Wijnaldum – 6 – Had just 44 touches all game, fewer than any other starting midfielder on the pitch. A really non-existent performance from Wijnaldum, who seemed to shy away from possession on a number of occasions.

Jordan Henderson – 5 – A few decent switches of play but was very wasteful with the ball, completing just 81% of his passes. Surrendered possession cheaply on a number of occasions during the first half and was replaced by Origi for the final 13 minutes.

James Milner – 6 – Had the same 81% pass completion rate as Henderson but provided Liverpool with much more attacking thrust than his midfield partner. Did a decent job of supporting his full-backs going forward when he could.

Mohamed Salah – 7 – Walked the line between heroic and hopeless all afternoon but played a huge part in the winning goal, popping up with a header at the far post which Lloris spilt. He won’t be credited with the goal, but he’ll still feel like it’s largely his.

Sadio Mane – 8 – Tested the Spurs defence with his electric movement and was unlucky not to score with a couple of very close efforts.

Roberto Firmino – 9 – Is there anything Firmino can’t do? Use him as a target man and he opens the scoring, let him drop deep as a false nine and he creates both space and havoc. Oh, and there’s the small matter of him making the second-highest number of tackles on the pitch (3). The ‘everywhere man’ for Klopp once again.


Divock Origi (77 mins, for Henderson) – N/A – Thrown on when Liverpool went looking to regain their lead.

Fabinho (77 mins, for Milner) – 6 – Put up a much more solid defensive screen when he came on, making a couple of challenges and winning an aerial duel.

Dejan Lovren (94 mins, for Salah) – N/A – Thrown on at the end to defend a Spurs set piece.

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Hugo Lloris – 4 – Wasn’t at fault for the first goal and pulled off a brilliant fingertip save from an Alexander-Arnold effort in the second half. His handling was terrible from Salah’s late header, pushing it straight onto the unfortunate Alderweireld for an own goal.

Danny Rose – 7 – Had plenty of drive and endeavour down the left for Spurs and tried his best to exploit any space left by Alexander-Arnold driving forward. Put in a number of dangerous crosses.

Jan Vertonghen – 5 – The way Vertonghen allowed Firmino to get between him and Sanchez for the opening goal was absolutely criminal. Improved when he moved to left-back but so much more is expected from a defender of his class and experience.

Davinson Sanchez – 6 – Made a couple of important blocks and clearances when Spurs were under pressure. Although Firmino got in between him and Vertonghen, the Brazilian was behind Sanchez, taking most of the blame away from the Colombian. Brought off after 69 minutes as Spurs introduced Son to add an extra dimension to their attack.

Toby Alderweireld – 7 – Dreadfully unlucky to be on the end of Lloris’ spill for the late own goal after he had stood up to the first-half Liverpool siege far better than any of his teammates. Defended a second-half attack from Salah brilliantly when he was left isolated.

Kieran Trippier – 6 – His first touch from that Harry Kane ball for the Spurs goal was unbelievable and really pushes his rating up after a few wayward crosses. Completed just 69% of his passes.

Moussa Sissoko – 6 – Pressed forward with the ball brilliantly in the second half, while his energy allowed him to shield the Spurs defence well, too. However, missed a massive chance to steal an unlikely win late on and was punished when Liverpool scored at the death.

Christian Eriksen – 7 – Really wasteful in possession, trying a number of killer passes that just weren’t on. Made up for that with the assist for Lucas’ goal, even if he did scuff it a little.

Dele Alli – 5 – Chipped a shot just wide late on as Spurs went in search of a winner but an overall quiet game for Alli. Struggled to pick up the sort of space in which he can be so deadly.

Lucas Moura – 8 – Was Spurs’ main attacking outlet throughout the game, taking up threatening positions and driving forward with a match-high three dribbles. Looked like it would be a day of waste for a long time until he fired home the equaliser in the 70th minute.

Harry Kane – 8 – A wonderful pass to kick-start the move that led to the Spurs equaliser and once Son was brought on, began dropping deep to link play and create space behind the Liverpool defence.


Heung-Min Son (69 mins, for Sanchez) – 7 – His introduction really put Spurs on the front foot, allowing Kane to drop deep for the ball and create space for Son’s pace, just as he does for England with the likes of Sancho and Sterling.

Ben Davies (82 mins, for Lucas) – N/A – Thrown on late to help defend the point for Spurs and could do nothing about the second goal.

Fernando Llorente (91 mins, for Erikson) – N/A – Brought on at the end as Spurs pumped in desperate long balls, had no effect.