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“It’s a big, big win for Jurgen Klopp’s men” – Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool player ratings

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:30, 6 November 2022

Liverpool ended a two-game Premier League losing streak when they ran out 2-1 winners at Tottenham this evening.

In the process, Spurs have now lost consecutive home matches with this also being the third loss in four games, consequently, pressure is starting to mount on their eccentric head coach Antonio Conte.

Jurgen Klopp was once again grateful to his talisman Mohamed Salah who netted yet another brace in a Reds jersey. Harry Kane would net Tottenham’s consolation. The victory, which Gary Neville described as “a big, big win for Jurgen Klopp’s men”, lifts Liverpool from 10th to eighth place while Spurs fall below a relentless Newcastle into fourth.

Here’s how the players rated at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:


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Tottenham

Hugo Lloris – 5 – Nothing he could have done for both of Liverpool’s goals. That being said, you wouldn’t blame him for chewing out his defence.

Ben Davies – 4 – Started reasonably well before tailing off as Liverpool started dominating proceedings.

Clément Lenglet – 5 – No one in a Spurs jersey produced more accurate passes than Lenglet, but it was nothing more than empty calories.

Eric Dier – 3 – Not sure what he was thinking when casually heading the ball back into Lloris’ path albeit many yards away from the French goalkeeper. Salah, circling near the England international, intercepted before doubling Liverpool’s lead. “It was a bit of a gift. It was never on for Dier,” Neville reacted.

Ryan Sessegnon – 6 – Has earned more opportunities under Conte this season and on today’s showing it’s been deserving. Consistently drove into Liverpool’s final third, subsequently causing Alexander-Arnold problems, and was a tad unfortunate to produce an end product.

Emerson Royal – 4 – Was caviler in possession and didn’t really add much to Tottenham going forward.

Pierre-Emile Højbjerg – 5 – Grew into the game as it went along but wasn’t able to make a lasting impact.

Yves Bissouma – 5 – Arrived this past summer with much fanfare though hasn’t been a regular in Conte’s set-up. Yet another who saw this game pass him by.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 7 – Came into this game on the back of his best run for Spurs but the former Juventus man, try as he might, couldn’t impact the game from an attacking perspective. He did, though, hold his own in today’s intriguing midfield battle.

Ivan Perisic – 7 – Was unlucky not to force home Tottenham’s equaliser. Playing more advanced, primarily alongside Harry Kane in a 5-3-2 shape, the Croatian international saw a headed effort cannon off the woodwork. It was déjà vu after going 2-0 down when Alisson pushed another effort from him onto the woodwork.

Harry Kane – 8 – With no Son Heung-min, Richarlison or Dejan Kulusevski (who started on the bench) a lot of attacking onus was placed on Kane’s broad shoulders. And when Spurs are in need he always seems to deliver. If they were to get anything from this game he was going to be at the heart of it. His well-struck effort halved the deficit but a point or more wasn’t to be.

Substitutes:

Matt Doherty (for Emerson 67) – 6 – Added some more fight to Spurs.

Dejan Kulusevski (for Sessegnon 67) – 7 – What an introduction. Mere seconds after coming on the Swedish international provided the clever assist for Kane to pull one back.

Lucas Moura (for Bissouma 87) – N/A – A late sub.


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Liverpool

Alisson – 6 – Came up with some crucial saves to keep Spurs at bay though nothing he could do to prevent Kane from getting on the scoresheet in this fixture again.

Andrew Robertson – 7 – Enjoyed the freedom that was afforded him on Liverpool’s left flank. Spurs’ tactical shape ultimately enabled Robertson to drift close to Hugo Lloris’ penalty box and in one instance developed into Liverpool’s opener.

Virgil van Dijk – 6 – A relatively quiet game for the Dutch colossus.

Ibrahima Konaté – 7 – Tasked with keeping tabs on Kane like an old-fashioned man-marker. He took his assignment very seriously even following the English marksman deep into Tottenham territory.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7 – Early on Alexander-Arnold drilled quite an exquisite cross-field pass over to Nunez on the left. It was a quiet reminder that form is temporary and class is permanent. “What a pass! You will not see a better crossfield pass from Trent Alexander-Arnold,” exclaimed Gary Neville on Sky Sports commentary. Wonder if Gareth Southgate was tuning in.

Fabinho – 6 – This was a typical Fabinho performance: disciplined while retaining and recycling possession. Used every fibre of his experience to ensure Liverpool won the pivotal midfield battle.

Thiago – 6 – A metronome at the heart of Liverpool’s midfield. Thiago exuded calmness in a game played at the highest tempo.

Harvey Elliott – 5 – The least experienced member of Liverpool’s midfield but the enthusiastic teenager added some dynamism and even threatened Spurs’ goal.

Roberto Firmino – 5 – Playing in a deep-lying forward role Firmino struggled to get into the game and improve his record against Spurs.

Darwin Núñez – 7 – It’s been a whirlwind introduction to English football but on today’s showing, Nunez is starting to settle in. From the off Liverpool’s latest Uruguayan star was consistently bearing down on Lloris’ goal and his pass for Salah led to the Reds going in front.

Mohamed Salah – 9 – By no means has this been a vintage Salah season but the Egyptian forward remains Liverpool’s most potent threat. His deadlock-breaking goal was straight from his playbook. And you didn’t have to give him a second invitation when Eric Dier’s lackadaisical defending saw him through one-on-one with Lloris.

Substitutes:

Jordan Henderson (for Elliot 73) – 5 – Joined the proceedings to shore up Liverpool’s midfield and was relatively successful.

Curtis Jones (for Firmino 73) – 5 – Same as Henderson.

Joe Gomez (for Nunez 87) – N/A – A late sub.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Salah 90) – N/A – A late sub.

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