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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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19:25

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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19:19

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.

19:17

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

19:12

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.

19:09

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.

19:06

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

19:04

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Emre Can is set to come on in place of Coutinho, while Mousa Dembele has been withdrawn for Moussa Sissoko.

19:03

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

18:59

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.

18:57

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

18:56

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.

18:51

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.

18:44

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.

18:37

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.

18:34

We're underway in the second half.

18:31

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

18:29

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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18:21

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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18:17

Half-time: Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham

18:12

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.

18:07

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

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18:05

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.

18:03

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.

18:00

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.