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Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

  • Sadio Mane opened the scoring with a clever finish from close range.
  • The Senegalese forward then forced an Eric Dier error and made it two moments later.
  • Liverpool move to within one point of Tottenham with a comfortable win at Anfield.
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That's all she wrote. A first-half blitz from Liverpool and Sadio Mane in particular condemned Tottenham to a 2-0 loss at Anfield, a place where they have only won once this century.

Liverpool looked back to their old selves and should have really added more to the scoreline in the first half, while Spurs, who had won seven of their last nine matches going into the game, were atrocious defensively and toothless in attack.

Liverpool are now just one point behind Spurs and move up to third in the league. Crisis, what crisis?

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Stoppage time substitution from Liverpool sees Alexander-Arnold come on for Mane, who receives a standing ovation. The Senegalese star receives a huge hug from Klopp and has lifted the mood around the whole of the club.

Confusion among the Spurs backline again almost leads to a bizarre own goal from Davies, but Lloris manages to gather.

Alderweireld is the fifth Tottenham player to go in the back after clipping Firmino. Like Kane, it's his first caution of the campaign. Milner's free-kick hits the wall and is eventually cleared by Winks.

Ragnar Klavan is stripped and ready to come on for Lucas, who seems to be suffering from a hamstring injury. Not long left for the Reds to hold on now, and it looks like they will do just that.

Tottenham make their final change with the misfiring Vincent Janssen replacing Heung-min Son.

Eric Dier is the latest to go in the book for dissent. The defender is the seventh player to be cautioned during the match.

Lallana and Firmino both poleaxed on the ground after taking knocks. Both look like they will be okay to carry on, though.

Emre Can is set to come on in place of Coutinho, while Mousa Dembele has been withdrawn for Moussa Sissoko.

Lallana evades Wanyama and manages to find Coutinho, who twists Alderweireld and unleashes an effort which trundles wide. 15 minutes to go.

Harry Winks' first notable action is to receive a yellow card for a challenge on Milner. Replays show that Winks did not make any contact, but Liverpool now have a free-kick in a dangerous area.

The utility man Milner manages to pick out Firmino but his header is meat and drink for Lloris.

One manager seems in better spirits than the other tonight...

Kane catches Clyne on the foot and receives his first booking of the campaign. The England international's action seemed borne out of frustration; he has only had one touch in Liverpool's penalty area this evening. Milner then receives a caution for clattering into Kane.

Pochettino rolls the dice and introduces Harry Winks in place of Christian Eriksen.

So pedestrian from Tottenham, when they do try a penetrative pass, it's smothered by Liverpool. Not really responded to their first-half dross, very turgid from the Lilywhites.

Walker forces a corner with a rare foray forward but Mignolet gathers.

A bit nip-and-tuck in the midfield now. Bookings for Matip and Henderson as niggles creep into proceedings. Dier has the ball in the Liverpool net but Kane, who initially hit the post, was adjudged offside.

Tottenham just about deal with a dangerous Milner free-kick but Liverpool earn a succession of corners. Coutinho's whipped cross found Matip but he could not direct his header goalbound.

We're underway in the second half.

That's just not cricket, guys. Second half moments away.

Second half is just moments away. Will Pochettino turn to his bench in a bid to remedy his side's woes? The options available to him don't exactly inspire.

Klopp will presumably just want more of the same from his side, who look like the men in form, not Spurs.

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Crisis, what crisis?

Liverpool have blown Tottenham out the water so far and could - and maybe should - be further in front. Two quickfire goals from Sadio Mane, who has been in irresistible form this evening, has given the Reds the lead they fully deserve.

Tottenham have been frankly abysmal. There is no real cohesion to their offensive play and more often than not they are just lumping aimless balls out of defence. Ben Davies has endured a torrid first-half with no help from those in front of him, while Pochettino has Hugo Lloris to thank for simply keeping them in the game.

It's finely poised for the second half.

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Half-time: Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

The game has entered a bit of a lull as we approach half-time. Liverpool constantly exploiting Davies, who is being caught two-on-one time and time again. Lucas gets over Dier and powers a header over from a corner.

Lloris' face says it all. Mane has been irresistible so far.

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Tottenham win a dangerous free-kick outside Liverpool's penalty area as Milner trips Son. Eriksen's effort is dangerous but it flashes just over the bar.

Lloris gets away with an error when his lazy clearance is charged down by Firmino. The bounce of the ball evades the Brazilian.

Coutinho, inexplicably in acres of space, forces another stop from Lloris. For a team known for their defensive solidity, Tottenham have been pathetic so far.

Dier prevents Mane from making it three. Davies is absolutely nowhere; will Pochettino be forced into a change of personnel, or even system? Reds running amock down his side's left flank.

Son is shown a yellow card for a dreadful attempt of a tackle on Firmino. He's lucky no contact was made or that could have easily been a red.

It's Simon Mignolet's turn to bail his side out. Ben Davies threads a wondrous through ball to Son, but the Korean can only find the legs of the Belgian.

Alli's header is then cleared from under his own bar by Lucas. Have Tottenham woken up?

The man - or Mane - of the moment.

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Mane almost completes a quickfire hat-trick thanks to his seering pace but his effort is saved by the busy Lloris. Mane then unleashes a fierce strike at goal and draws yet another fine save from the Frenchman.

The move eventually ends when Lallana blasts high and wide, but it's vintage stuff from Mane already.

It's that man again! Eric Dier is caught by Mane who squares it to Lallana. The England international draws a save from Lloris, who then has to dive at the feet of Firmino.

The Spurs stopper had no chance with Mane's effort though, and he made no mistake from close range. Dream start for the Merseysiders.

GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham (Mane)

Wijnaldum slides a lovely ball into the path of Mane, whose deep run outfoxes Davies. The forward then skips away from the Welshman and slots coolly past Lloris.

No more than what the Reds deserve.

GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham (Mane)

Alli delivers a driven cross but Clyne is able to clear and bursts through the heart of Tottenham. He finds Firmino, who almost unleashes at Lloris but is thwarted by Dier before Coutinho's effort is blocked.

Klopp, predictably, is rather animated on the touchline.

Tottenham are just hitting aimless balls out of defence, Liverpool have started much brighter here. Spurs eventually fashion a chance with Eriksen in acres of space in the penalty area but the Dane balloons his effort over the bar.

Firmino surges into the area but his cross is blocked by Alderweireld. Mane again causes problems and forces a corner out of Davies. The Welsh international has his hands full this evening.

Henderson picks out Clyne with a lovely raking ball and the right-back searches for Firmino, who is beaten to the punch by Dier. Davies hacks wildly at a corner but Lloris eventually gathers.

A fast start from the Reds, who are pinning Spurs back.

Adam Lallana picks out Coutinho in the area. The diminutive Brazilian manages to take Walker out of the game with a backheel but Milner cannot get on the end of it.

Mane's presence is causing problems for Tottenham, who are looking a little nervy in defence.

Adam Lallana gets us underway.

Kick off just moments away now. Can Liverpool reignite their season, or will Tottenham turn the heat up on tables toppers Chelsea?

Pochettino's pre-match thoughts: "I think every game is different. Liverpool will be motivated at home, for us it's important to be on the same level. The game is important, the three points are vital for both sides and we need to be ready to fight.

"I think its tough to play the top six, it's a very difficult but if you want to challenge for the league you need to show that you're capable of winning. Maybe Liverpool have struggled recently but that means nothing."

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Klopp's pre-match thoughts: "We've put ourselves under pressure with our results and performances, especially against Hull in the first half. There's pressure and we have to deal with it.

On injuries:"(Ragnar) Klavan had an illness, until three days ago he wasn't bad, he's on the way back but only had one proper session yesterday. Lucas is completely fit. Dejan has pain in his knee, I don't think it's serious.

On Mignolet: "Simon made a few world class saves recently, but he wasn't free from mistakes. You can either turn with the wind or stick to your boys, that's how I am. We have to sort the situation together.

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A quick reminder of all the Premier League results. All eyes are now on Anfield.

The visitors stepping out to be put through their paces.

Full-time at Old Trafford. Manchester United have leapfrogged Liverpool - for the time being at least - with a comfortable 2-0 win over Watford.

Can the Reds of Merseyside respond? Kick off just over half an hour away.

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I'll let you make your own mind up about this.

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The teamsheet in all its official glory for your viewing pleasure.

No Spice Boys malarkey from the Liverpool squad today.

Tottenham are unchanged from their win over Middlesbrough. Pochettino with no real selection headaches, though he is having to make to do without the influential pair of Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose.

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Simon Mignolet keeps his place between the sticks for Liverpool. Is that the right decision from Klopp? The Reds boss has only made one change, with Wijnaldum replacing Can.

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Liverpool: Karius, Moreno, Klavan, Can, Alexander-Arnold, Origi, Sturridge.

Tottenham: Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Winks, Sissoko, Nkoudou, Janssen.


Liverpool: Mignolet, Clyne Matip, Lucas, Milner, Henderson (C), Wijnaldum, Lallana, Mane, Coutinho, Firmino.

Tottenham: Lloris (C), Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies, Dembele, Wanyama, Dele, Eriksen, Son, Kane.

Liverpool and Tottenham

Liverpool and Tottenham kick off in just over an hour, but there is a host of Premier League games taking place right now.

Manchester United are currently 2-0 up against Watford and as it stands have knocked their Merseyside rivals down into sixth.

Follow it all here.

Are three points within sight for Liverpool?

Team news just minutes away. There is no Danny Rose for Tottenham, who is currently suffering from a knee injury, while Liverpool have a trio of injury doubts, including this man.

Read all about it here.

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Tottenham have arrived at Anfield; will they leave victorious?

Dele Alli, who has been named the Premier League's Player of the Month for January, says Tottenham are 'more than capable' of leaving Anfield with three points and thinks it is simply a case of his team 'playing like we know we can'.

"It's not going to be easy. Any team going to Anfield knows it's going to be a tough game but I think we're more than capable of going there and coming back with the three points." Alli told Tottenham's official website."We're confident in ourselves and it's important that we don't worry about the occasion, just go there and play how we know we can. If we do that then I'm sure we'll be alright."

Read more from the England international here.

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Confidence is low in the Liverpool camp at the moment but Klopp is demanding an improvement from their loss to Hull City last weekend.

The Reds delivered another lacklustre display against the Humbersiders and the German thinks his side have 'no chance' of beating Tottenham if they repeat the performance.

"If we play like we did in the first-half against Hull then we have no chance," Klopp disclosed in his press conference. "If we play like we did in the second-half then we have a better chance but we want better. It's not a physical issue. We were better in the second-half but I was not happy. Even if we had won I would have been angry about first-half.

"I don't think too much about other teams. Things like this (Tottenham's excellent form) happen. In our situation, the job is not to look for excuses. We don't look for excuses, we look for solutions. Just because you aren't flying, it doesn't mean you can't win next game."

Read more from Klopp here.

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Hello and welcome to IB Times UK's coverage of Liverpool vs Tottenham. Jurgen Klopp's men are in dire straits at the moment and will be hoping to register their first Premier League victory of 2017 at Anfield.

Tottenham are in fine fettle going into the clash with seven wins out of their last nine matches, but they have only won once at Anfield this century. Defeat would see the Reds move to within one point of Mauricio Pochettino's side.

Stay with us for regular updates and reaction. Team news is expected shortly.

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