Liverpool saved alive their slender hopes of ending within the Premier League’s high 4 as Diogo Jota’s stoppage-time strike ruined Tottenham’s comeback from three targets down in an exhilarating 4-3 victory on Sunday. Jota blasted his dramatic winner simply moments after Richarlison had headed Tottenham degree in stoppage-time at Anfield. Curtis Jones put Liverpool forward and Luis Diaz, beginning for the primary time since October after an injury-plagued marketing campaign, netted the hosts’ second objective within the opening 5 minutes at Anfield.
Mohamed Salah’s penalty prolonged Liverpool’s dominant begin earlier than Harry Kane decreased the deficit together with his 208th Premier League objective.
The Tottenham striker is degree with Wayne Rooney because the Premier League’s joint second highest all-time scorer behind Alan Shearer.
Kane’s strike was adopted by late targets from Son Heung-min and Richarlison in an astonishing finale that climaxed with Jota’s winner.
A wild celebration from Jurgen Klopp left the Liverpool supervisor limping after injuring himself and earned a reserving, with Tottenham caretaker boss Ryan Mason livid with the German’s present of emotion in entrance of the guests’ bench.
Klopp’s ardour play got here amid Liverpool’s bid to salvage a disappointing season by qualifying for subsequent season’s Champions League.
The Reds nonetheless have a mountain to climb to achieve the highest 4 as they sit seven factors behind fourth positioned Manchester United, who’ve a sport in hand.
“We obtained away with it thank to Jota. It makes it spectacular and all people goes dwelling buzzing, however I’m the supervisor so I’ve to say all the things else as nicely,” Klopp stated earlier than criticising referee Paul Tierney.
“We have now our historical past with Tierney. My celebration was pointless, which is truthful however what he stated to me when he gave me the yellow card is just not okay.”
Whereas Tottenham’s high 4 hopes are in tatters, Liverpool are unbeaten of their final six video games and have received 4 in a row to climb to fifth place.
Sixth positioned Tottenham are with no win in 4 video games and sit 9 factors adrift of the highest 4 with 4 matches left.
Mason is Tottenham’s third supervisor of a turbulent season that featured Antonio Conte leaving by mutual consent earlier than his substitute Cristian Stellini was sacked after final weekend’s 6-1 thrashing at Newcastle.
“Devastated. We had been the higher group by an absolute nation mile,” stated Mason, who claimed Jota ought to have been despatched off for fouling Oliver Skipp.
“I’ve to watch out what I say however finally that is an unattainable one to overlook.”
It took Liverpool simply three minutes to breach the porous Tottenham defence as Trent Alexander-Arnold curled an excellent cross to the far submit, the place Jones guided a cool end previous Fraser Forster for his first objective since 2021.
– Hapless defence –
Tottenham had conceded 5 occasions within the first 21 minutes towards Newcastle they usually had been in disarray once more.
With Tottenham’s hapless defence unable to select up Liverpool’s runners, Colombia winger Diaz doubled the lead within the fifth minute.
Salah’s move despatched Cody Gakpo racing into the realm and he pulled a cross again from the byline for Diaz to volley dwelling from close-range.
Within the 14th minute, Cristian Romero’s reckless problem despatched Gakpo sprawling, conceding a penalty that Salah fired into the roof of the online.
Kane hadn’t thrown within the towel and he netted within the fortieth minute, volleying dwelling from close-range after Ivan Perisic evaded Virgil van Dijk’s lunge to pick the England captain.
That lastly sparked a spell of Tottenham stress and Son hit the submit twice earlier than Romero’s volley additionally cannoned off the woodwork.
With Liverpool having misplaced all momentum within the second half, Son tucked a cool end beneath Alisson Becker from Romero’s move within the 77th minute.
When Richarlison headed his first league objective for Tottenham from Son’s free-kick within the second minute of stoppage-time, it appeared the guests had authored a terrific escape.
However seconds later Jota pounced with a nerveless end from an acute angle to ship Klopp right into a frenzy on the touchline.