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11 Quickfire Conclusions As Late OG Keeps Liverpool’s Title Hopes Alive

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 31: Mohamed Salah of Liverpool celebrates after Jan Vertonghen of Tottenham Hotspur scores an own goal to make it 2-1during the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on March 31, 2019 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)

Liverpool left it very late to grab a stoppage-time own goal as they saw off Spurs at Anfield to keep their title hopes alive.

Roberto Firmino opened the scoring for Liverpool in the opening 15 minutes following a beautiful Andy Robertson cross from the left-hand side.

The home side dominated the first 45 minutes but couldn’t snatch a second goal as Spurs began to grow into the game in the second half.

They got their reward in the 70th minute when some quick thinking from Harry Kane picked out Christian Eriksen whose cross found Lucas Moura for the equaliser.

It was the home side however who found the late winner after Mo Salah’s header across the box was saved by Hugo Lloris before the ball struck Toby Alderweireld and found the net.

Here are 11 quickfire conclusions as Liverpool leave it late to see off Spurs.

 

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1) Pochettino opted to line up in a 3-5-2 formation against Liverpool but after 10 minutes it became clear that the Reds’ fullbacks would have far too much space to create without anyone directly marking them.

2) Andy Robertson had the freedom of Anfield to put in a delightful cross as Bobby Firmino headed in Liverpool’s opener, while on the other side Alexander-Arnold found himself in space so frequently in the first half.

3) Nine assists now in the Premier League for Andy Robertson who has transformed into one of the finest full-backs in the league.

4) Mane and Salah also had a key role to play in the Liverpool full-backs having so much space. They pinned Kieran Trippier and Danny Rose back towards their own goal which freed up Robertson and Alexander-Arnold.

5) Spurs looked disjointed at times in the opening 45 minutes but showed signs of promise when the likes of Alli and Kane picked the ball up in attacking positions, although most of them were as a result of Liverpool errors.

6) Pochettino’s side were able to grow into the second half, with Lucas Moura especially looking lively but it suited Liverpool quite a lot as they worked well on the counter-attack.

7) It was the Brazilian though who did grab the equaliser, finishing well from close range as the nerves started to kick in massively for Klopp’s side.

8) Also worth crediting the incredibly quick thinking of Harry Kane who, despite looking quiet in the game, was very sharp with the free-kick to start off the attack which led to the goal.

9) Mo Salah looked dangerous throughout the game but as Gary Neville put it he also looked desperate too, oftentimes trying to force matters as a goal continued to elude him.

10) The little Egyptian did come up trumps however as his header across the box was saved by Hugo Lloris before the ball struck Toby Alderweireld and found the net.

11) 19 goals in the last 15 minutes of games is a clutch statistic and is something that Liverpool will look at as crucial should this be the season they finally win their maiden Premier League title.

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