Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool

Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool

The Merseyside outfit are level on points with leaders Chelsea FC after five games of the new campaign as Klopp looks to steer Liverpool FC towards a genuine Premier League title challenge this term. Klopp told reporters before Liverpool's game against Spurs (via ESPN).

After two weeks of an worldwide break both sides will be looking to maintain their early season momentum.

I expect both teams to score as they usually do in this fixture, but I'll have to edge towards Liverpool to win it.

Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris are both out for Spurs, but Son makes a return for them from the Asian games (where South Korea won Gold). We could have scored more and we controlled the game.

Although Jurgen Klopp will be curious as to why his side couldn't convert more of the many chances they created, the closing five minutes of today's game very almost undone what was a landmark win for Klopp's side.

Goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Roberto Firmino saw the Reds muster a 2-1 win at Wembley, with Salah on the periphery in the first half before showing glimpses of his unsafe self as the game wore on.

Erik Lamela grabbed a late consolation for Spurs, who could not avoid a second straight Premier League defeat.

And for the sake of the spectacle, the Premier League would also benefit from this type of fixture being played without both sides having to juggle their squads because of the draining effects of travelling the globe that global football can have on their players.

After the match, Firmino was taken to Moorfield's Eye Hospital in London and there were fears that he could miss Liverpool's first Champions League clash of the season. That means Tottenham have the quality to strike back, that's what they did after a corner.

"I am long enough now in this business to know no one plays a ideal season - not even [Manchester] City a year ago played a flawless season", he said.

"He has the possibility and the potential of course but now it is up to him and we go again: mentality".

"A good pre-season should be at least three or four weeks", said Klopp.

The Brazilian was forced off in the 74th minute following a battle with Jan Vertonghen and then sent for further examination.

'The issue will be monitored and treated by Liverpool's medical staff at Melwood before any decision is made on whether Firmino will be able to figure in Tuesday evening's Champions League encounter with Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield.

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