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    Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham Hotspur Match Report


    Harry Kane equalised with virtually the last kick of the match as Tottenham came from behind twice to earn a point in a controversial encounter at Anfield.

    The England striker had already missed a glorious opportunity to give his side a 2-1 lead when his spot-kick was saved by Loris Karius but he made no mistake when referee Jon Moss awarded Spurs a second penalty deep into stoppage-time.

    Liverpool twice thought they had won the encounter, firstly after Mo Salah had given the home team a first-half lead, which stood until the 80th-minute, and latterly when the Egyptian scored a virtuoso goal in the dying embers of the game.

    The late drama that ensued was a far cry from what had occurred in a comparatively-uneventful first-half when Liverpool appeared to be heading for a comfortable victory after Salah had given his team a third-minute lead.

    Eric Dier's back-pass to Hugo Lloris turned out to be the defence-splitting ball that Salah had been anticipating from one of his own team-mates, and he duly beat the French goalkeeper with a clinical finish.

    The Reds had several chances to extend their lead before the break but neither James Milner and Roberto Firmino were able to score the all-important second goal to effectively put the game to bed.

    Milner came close to beating Karius with a deflected volley from 10 yards out, which looped over the Spurs goalkeeper but fell inches wide of the far-post, while Roberto Firmino headed wide after Trent Alexander-Arnold had delivered a pinpoint cross.

    Tottenham's only moment of danger came late in the half as Mousa Dembele's long-range strike was saved by Karius but the visitors were otherwise fortunate to still be in the contest having been second-best for large spells.

    Mauricio Pochettino's team were much-improved after the break and created several clear-cut chances, although Son Heung-min and Dele Alli both lacked the clinical touch required in front of goal.

    Son forced Karius into making an excellent stop after Alli's clever pass with the outside of his foot had put him through on goal, while England midfielder Alli fired narrowly wide of the left-hand post from the rebound.

    The momentum was clearly with Spurs as the match headed towards the final 15 minutes and they nearly levelled once again when Karius failed to claim Lamela's corner before Kane headed over the bar from two yards out.

    Tottenham finally scored a deserved equaliser with 10 minutes remaining although few people would have predicted that the unprolific Victor Wanyama would be the architect of one of the strikes of the season.

    The Kenyan international rifled the ball into the top-corner of the net from over 25 yards after Karius elected to punch away Christian Eriksen's cross instead of alleviating the danger by catching the ball.

    With Tottenham continuing to ramp up the pressure, and the home side showing signs of weariness, the match only seemed to be heading in one direction long before Tottenham were awarded a 87th-minute penalty.

    Kane was tripped by Karius as he attempted to round the German goalkeeper, while Dejan Lovren's faint touch on the ball eliminated the prospect of an offside decision being awarded in Liverpool's favour.

    To the surprise of many people throughout the ground, Kane's penalty was comfortably pushed away by a redeemed Karius and Lamela was unable to direct the rebound towards goal from 10 yards out.

    The euphoria around Anfield following Kane's spot-kick failure seemed to reenergise the crowd, with Liverpool once again urged on by the majority of the 53,000 home faithful as the match headed into four minutes of stoppage-time.

    Salah seemed to feed-off the change of atmosphere when, in the 91st-minute, he wriggled past the challenges of Ben Davies and Jan Vertonghen before delicately clipping the ball over Lloris to send Anfield into raptures.

    There was still time remaining, however, for one last moment of controversy when Lamela went to ground following a challenge from Virgil an Dijk, although referee Moss initially signalled for play to continue.

    It was only after consulting with his assistant Eddie Smart, who raised his flag immediately after the incident, that a penalty was finally awarded and thereby giving Harry Kane the chance to score his 100th Premier League goal.

    The England striker made no mistake second-time around, with his unerring strike finding the bottom left-hand corner and giving Karius no chance of repeating his heroics of eight minutes earlier.

    The 95th-minute equaliser was the least that Tottenham deserved on the balance of play, which was dominated by the visitors for much of the second-half as Liverpool sat back and invited their opponents to attack.

    It could prove to be a watershed moment for Mauricio Pochettino's team, who have notoriously struggled in away matches against the so-called "big-six" sides and were just seconds away from yet another defeat at Anfield.

    The Lilywhites remain in fifth-place in the table as they prepare for another fixture against the Premier League's elite on Saturday when Wembley plays host to a North London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal.

    Liverpool, meanwhile, remain in third-place, although victory would have given the club a five-point buffer between themselves and Spurs ahead of a trip to the South Coast to play Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
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