Jurgen Klopp was without a number of key players, including a late injury to Fabinho, but the German manager’s make-shift side still did enough to dominate the match and take advantage of a disappointing Spurs performance.
See how the players from both sides rated below.
✔️ GOOD PERFORMANCE
With just one assist in his last 12 games ahead of Thursday’s clash in London, Trent Alexander-Arnold was undoubtedly one of the Liverpool players that Klopp was relying upon to turn their poor form around. Fortunately for the Anfield boss that’s exactly what the England international did.
Alexander-Arnold was a pivotal part of an all-conquering Liverpool performance in the first half from his usual perch on the right flank, but it wasn’t until the second half that the full-back really showed what he can do.
The right-back popped up just two minutes into the second half with a goal, when he latched on to a parried save from Hugo Lloris to fire home Liverpool’s second. Almost 20 minutes later Alexander-Arnold stepped up again when he swung a typical cross to the back post, where Sadio Mane happily fired it home.
❌ BAD PERFORMANCE
Harry Kane: 5.3
Although the England international may have finished the match with an assist to his name, if not for VAR pulling back Heung-min Son’s goal in the third minute of the game, there was very little Harry Kane actually did during his time on the pitch on Thursday night.
Unfortunately, much of that was down to Kane twisting his ankle at least once over the course of the first before he was ultimately forced to come off at half time. A game the senior striker will likely hope to forget all about as quickly as possible.
⭐ STAR MAN
Sadio Mane: 8.8
The Senegal international broke through Tottenham’s defences just before the break when a wonderful through ball from Jordan Henderson allowed Sane to latch on to the ball and fire it across goal to an awaiting Roberto Firmino to tap into the back of the net.
Shortly after the break Sane once again broke through the Spurs defence to fire a ball towards goal, which was ultimately parried towards Alexander-Arnold, who then fired it home. Sane then got his own goal to complement his two assists, when the Liverpool right-back fired a curling cross towards the striker at the back post, where Sane then got a left foot to it and knocked it into the back of the net.