Pochettino delighted as Spurs trounce Liverpool
Tottenham chase down leaders as title bid warms up
22 October, 2017 — By Dan Carrier
Spurs manager Maurice Pochettino said his team was ‘fantastic’
FA Premier League
Spurs 4 (Kane 4, 55, Son 12, Alli 45)
Liverpool 1 (Salah 23)
TOTTENHAM sent a big message to their fellow title challengers this afternoon (Sunday) after comprehensively dismantling Liverpool at Wembley in a 4-1 victory which oozed quality.
The win means they move level on points with Manchester United in second place – and visit Old Trafford next weekend.
In front of a record Premiership crowd, Mauricio Pochettino’s men showed no signs of a Champions League hang over after their midweek exertions at Real Madrid. They looked dangerous every time they got forward – and rock solid at the back.
Speaking after the game, a delighted Pochettino said: “The level we played at was fantastic. After Tuesday in Madrid, the players showed they were ready to go again. The way we started and the way we played in the first 45 minutes was very, very good and I am so pleased for the players and the fans.”
He added that he believed such a result set his team up for the rest of the season – by making Wembley feel like the Lane.
He added: “It is great to show Wembley can be our home. It is important for the rest of our season. It breeds confidence and trust.”
The tone was set from the start. Spurs took the lead on four when a clever ball by Keiran Trippier sent Harry Kane away.
Reds keeper Simon Mignolet dashed out but Kane was too quick – and too clever. He flicked the ball from his right to his left and finished carefully.
On 12 it was two. Hugo Lloris gathered a cross and his quick throw found Kane lurking up field. The forward dummied his marker, raced clear and slid over a precise pass for Heung-Min Son to bury.
Jurgen Klopp’s team were reeling and it could have been all over on 14. Son was sent in by Trippier, but his superbly struck effort cannoned away off the underside of the bar.
A shellshocked Liverpool were given a life line on 23. It came from nowhere. Kane lost possession – he was guilty of dawdling and thought he had been fouled – but Liverpool didn’t wait to see what the referee was giving. Mohamed Salah latched on to a long ball and finished.
On the stroke of half time, Dele Alli landed the knock out blow. He connected nicely to a bouncing ball on the edge of the box and fired home a volley.
On 55, the lead was extended when Jan Vertonghen got to a Trippier freekick, saw his effort blocked on the line and Kane reacted first to add a deserved gloss.
It was the type of performance where it is hard to choose a man of the match, such was the level throughout – and as Pochettino said, made Wembley feel a little more like home.
SPURS: Lloris, Trippier, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Sanchez, Son (Sissoko, 68), Kane (Llorente, 87), Alli, Eriksen (Dier, 80), Aurier, Winks
Subs not used: Vorm, Rose, Nkoudou, Davies.
LIVERPOOL: Mignolet, Lovren (Oxlaide-Chamberlain, 30), Milner, Firminho (Sturridge, 76), Coutinho, Salah, Gomez, Henderson, Moreno, Can (Grujic, 82), Matip
Subs not used: Kasrius, Klavan, Solanke, Alexander-Arnold
(Spurs playing home matches at Wembley)