Mohamed Salah scored twice as Liverpool beat Tottenham 2-1 on Sunday to maintain their hex over the London club, returning to winning ways after two consecutive Premier League defeats. Jurgen Klopp’s men started the match 10 points behind fourth-placed Spurs, with questions growing over their ability even to mount a challenge for next season’s Champions League places. But they dominated the contest from the start and took an early lead when the impressive Darwin Nunez teed up Salah, who fired into the bottom corner.
The visitors’ intensity dropped as the half wore on but they were 2-0 up shortly before half-time when Salah took advantage of a horrendous error by Eric Dier, who headed the ball straight into the path of Egypt forward.
Harry Kane pulled a goal back in the 70th minute as the decibel count rose among the crowd of 62,000 but Spurs could not avoid a third defeat in four league matches.
Klopp celebrated the win with his trademark air punches in front of the Liverpool fans, enjoying his side’s first away win in the league since May.
“What we have to show is that we are not punched too hard when we concede a goal.
“I like that tonight… We cannot be consistent by just playing all the time outstandingly well. It’s all about showing the resilience we showed tonight.”
Spurs, who have now lost seven out of the past nine Premier League matches between the sides, were without South Korea forward Son Heung-min, who suffered a fracture around his left eye in his side’s midweek Champions League win against Marseille.
Nunez, marauding down the left side of the Liverpool attack, tested Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris early and was the provider of Salah’s opener, controlling Andrew Robertson’s pass and feeding the Egyptian, who fired home in the 11th minute.
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