Liverpool star Diogo Jota breaks Tottenham hearts as referee decision costs Spurs dearly | Football | Sport
Liverpool scored a stoppage-time winner to beat Tottenham 4-3 in a dramatic match at Anfield on Sunday. Spurs came from behind to almost steal a draw on Merseyside before Diogo Jota netted late on to claim all three points.
Liverpool raced into a 3-0 lead inside the first 15 minutes. Curtis Jones opened the scoring with a smart finish from close range.
Luis Diaz then scored on his first start since October before Mohamed Salah made it three from the spot. Spurs did not give up and pulled one back through Harry Kane.
Heung-min Son reduced the deficit further in the second half and Richarlison came off the bench to score his first Premier League goal for Spurs to draw level. But Diogo Jota capitalised on a big error from Lucas Moura to score late on as Express Sport looks at four things we learned from the match.
Referee costs Spurs
Jota scored the late winner to maintain his fine form in front of goal. Lucas inexplicably attempted to pass back to his defence but could only feed the Portugal star through on goal.
He remained calm and slotted across Fraser Forster. But Spurs fans will feel rightly aggrieved that Jota should not have actually been on the pitch.
The 26-year-old only came on as a substitute in the 63rd minute. But not long after, he committed a high tackle on Oliver Skipp which could have seen him sent off.
Jota caught Skipp in the face and drew blood. Referee Paul Tierney only gave a yellow card and VAR chose not to intervene.
But on another day, Liverpool would have been reduced to 10 men for the final stages and the winner would never have happened.
Klopp gives thoughts on Liverpool’s midfield department
Klopp finally finds answer
Klopp has long been searching for a midfielder who can score goals. But he may have finally found one solution in the shape of Curtis Jones.
Jones has now started the last six matches for Liverpool after returning from a couple of injury problems this season. Sunday’s strike against Spurs may have been his first of the campaign.
But he has always had an eye for goal, dating back to his time in the youth sides. Jones was a regular scorer from midfield as a youngster but is yet to fully show that at senior level.
Klopp has now settled on a midfield three which includes the 22-year-old. Perhaps all he needed was to feel that confidence from his manager in order to fulfil his potential.
Klopp will likely sign at least a couple of midfielders this summer. But a strong end to the campaign from Jones will stick in his mind at the start of next season.
FSG given timely reminder
Most of the takeover talk in recent weeks has been surrounding Manchester United. Third bids have been made for the Old Trafford club as the Glazers look to sell after increased pressure from supporters.
But Liverpool’s owners FSG have been sent a reminder that they will not be let off the hook. Reds fans are not happy with their American owners and feel they have not backed Klopp as much as he needed in the transfer market.
FSG released a statement late last year that they would welcome new investment and supporters hoped that would mean a full sale. Not a lot of movement has happened in recent months but a plane was sent over Anfield on Sunday reminding John Henry that it isn’t just Liverpool fans who are unhappy.
A banner flying over Merseyside also referred to the Major League Baseball and National Hockey League teams FSG own. The banner read: “LFC – Sox – Penguins – Same problems FSG out.”
Levy sent manager warning
Gary Neville co-commentated on the match for Sky Sports. At 3-0 to Liverpool, he let loose at the visitors.
No one was let off the hook as Neville hit out at chairman Daniel Levy, the club’s previous managers and the performances of the players. But Neville insists Levy must take a lot of the blame after being proven wrong with his last three managerial appointments.
The Manchester United legend says Levy has brought in the wrong profile of boss in recent years. He claims the likes of Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte are “confrontational” bosses and that is not what Spurs are aligned with.
Neville says Tottenham now need to appoint a progressive coach who is a “glass half full” character. He used Harry Redknapp and Mauricio Pochettino as reference points for Levy.
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