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    Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Liverpool Match Report


    Two goals from Harry Kane helped Tottenham to record an emphatic victory over Liverpool at a packed Wembley Stadium to move level with second-place Manchester United in the table.

    Without a win in any competition against The Reds since November 2012, the home side began in blistering fashion and threatened to blow their Merseyside opponents away in the opening 15 minutes.

    Kane, who had already scored 15 goals for club and country so far this season, only needed four minutes to open his account when he latched onto Kieran Trippier's lofted pass before rounding an exposed Simon Mignolet and duly slotting into an empty net.

    The in-form striker then profited from Dejan Lovren's failed interception to turn from goal scorer to provider, with the space that the Croatian international vacated allowing him to play a pin-point pass to Son Heung-min who slotted past Mignolet with a clinical low finish.

    Son should have put Spurs out of sight minutes later when he crashed an effort against the crossbar from a tight angle having been picked-out by another ball over the top by the impressive Christian Eriksson.

    Mo Salah threatened to change the momentum of the match in Liverpool's favour after 24 minutes, however, when he was found by Jordan Henderson's defence-splitting pass before slotting the ball past Lloris with a scuffed finish that went in off the inside of the post.

    Despite being put under pressure by a rejuvenated Liverpool, Spurs continued to create the better chances with Son once again finding himself beyond the visitors' back-four upon collecting Alli's pass before his weak finish was saved by Mignolet.

    It was Spurs who duly scored the all-important goal just seconds before the half-time whistle sounded when Joel Matip's headed clearance from Eriksson's free-kick fell to a grateful Dele Alli, who ruthlessly struck the ball into the bottom-left hand corner.

    Harry Kane then gave the scoreline an even more emphatic look early in the second-half when he was on hand to rifle the ball into the net from six yards after Jan Vertonghen's strike had been cleared off the line by Roberto Firmino.

    Despite being the better team in the latter stages of the first-half, Liverpool posed little threat after the hosts had taken a decisive 3-1 lead shortly before the break although they did twice come close to a consolation through Philippe Coutinho and Mo Salah.

    Coutinho was denied by a full-stretch stop by Lloris when his left-footed strike appeared to be heading into the top-corner, while the French number one also made a smart save with his legs to prevent Salah scoring from nine yards.

    The Reds were convincingly outplayed for most of the match despite having 64 per cent possession and marginally more efforts on target, with the home side exposing Liverpool's defensive weaknesses in clinical style.

    The match was watched by a record Premier League attendance of 80,827 people, which beats the 10-year previous record held by Manchester United's 4-1 win over Blackburn Rovers at Old Trafford by over 4,000 spectators.

    Spurs, who remain in third-place and move level with second-place Manchester United on goal difference, return to action on Wednesday when they entertain West Ham in the Carabao Cup before facing a trip to Old Trafford in the Premier League three days later.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, drop a place to ninth ahead of a home match against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, with The Terriers fresh from securing a famous 2-1 win over Manchester United at the John Smith's Stadium.
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