Their greatest begin to a league season since 1990 continued as they handed their largest examination thus far. Tottenham at Wembley? Accomplished it, mate.
On Friday, Jurgen Klopp had spoken of the Reds’ final go to right here, 11 months in the past, and the way that 4-1 defeat had acted as “a wake-up name” to his facet. There was one other one right here, solely it’s Liverpool’s rivals who ought to be listening to it.
Tottenham, a group with Premier League aspirations of their very own, had hoped to offer a actuality examine right here. As a substitute, we bought additional proof that Liverpool are to be thought of real contenders this season. They’re successful, they’re high of the league, they usually’re nowhere close to their greatest but.
Their 2-1 win may and will have been extra, however it should do at first of a busy three weeks for Klopp’s males. Massive checks lie forward in three competitions over the subsequent 23 days, however they give the impression of being prepared for them. They seem like a correct group.
Two scruffy objectives did the injury right here, Gini Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino ending off untidy scrambles within the Spurs field. A neat synopsis of Liverpool’s season, in some ways; not at all times stunning, however mighty efficient. They’re doing sufficient, residence and away.
Spurs performed their half right here, handing over an error-strewn efficiency which had their supporters bewildered. Liverpool, for probably the most half, coped comfortably in second gear with Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and co, after which brought about downside after downside when their very own attacking stars had been let loose. The late drama supplied by Erik Lamela’s well-taken strike was pointless, however not pricey.
Firmino shone brightest, the Brazilian again to his greatest main the road, conserving possession intelligently, working the channels and bringing others into play. How Liverpool will hope the harm which pressured him off 20 minutes from time will not be a foul one. Their No.9 actually is irreplaceable.
Wijnaldum, the person for the large event, had began the celebration late within the first half. The Dutchman doesn’t get too many objectives today – simply 9 in complete for Liverpool – however when he does rating they are typically vital. Spurs fell sufferer, simply as Chelsea, Arsenal, Manchester Metropolis and Roma have prior to now. His looping header, after a Michel Vorm flap and a Kieran Trippier clearance, was each sensible and vital. The sport had, to that time, had little in it.
Elsewhere there have been dominant performances from Virgil van Dijk and, a sloppy minute or so apart, from Joe Gomez on the again. Liverpool have conceded simply twice in 5 video games this season, their joint-best begin to a marketing campaign defensively since 1978-79. Alisson Becker may have nipped out for a sizzling canine, had he wished to. The Brazilian barely had a save to make, so nicely protected was he by his backline, although he can have been annoyed to see Lamela’s strike fly previous him.
Liverpool’s report away to their ‘huge six’ rivals final season was worrying; no wins, 4 defeats and 15 objectives conceded. Klopp knew it will want to enhance this season if his facet had been to shut the hole on the high of the desk. Job carried out, after which some. Certainly, Tottenham confronted 10 pictures on course in a Premier League residence sport for the primary time since January 2014 in opposition to Manchester Metropolis. And in reality, Liverpool had been solely ‘OK’ right here, however they may have gained by 5 or 6.
The travelling Kop may very well be heard all the way in which again to Euston after this. And you’ll wager your life that Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Maurizio Sarri can have heard them too.
Premier League, you’ve been warned. Wish to win it? You’ll want to complete above this lot, and on this proof, it gained’t be straightforward…