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  • David Tyrer

Player Ratings: Liverpool 2-1 Spurs

Well, who saw a last minute Bobby Firmino winner putting us back top of the league (for real)?

Few will admit to that honestly, after the Brazilian forward's goalscoring struggles this season but he got a deserved goal to wrap up the three points.

Spurs were ugly, turgid, but highly effective. Even if it was anti-football. Mourinho has got Spurs playing in his image: ugly, cynical, snipe-y and ready to call foul at any opportunity.

But while that largely failed - for the most part - at Man Utd, it's certainly working for him down South right now.

At least for the time being. But one point from the last six has now seen Liverpool go three points clear at the top with a third of the season played, after a deserved win last night.

Alisson Becker - Nothing he could do for the goal, he couldn't close his right-hand post down too much, with Kane lurking on his left but one poor pass out aside, he was fine. 7

Trent Alexander-Arnold - Looked more like the Trent we know and love last night than he did on Sunday. Hopefully building up his fitness after his short spell out with injury. 7

Rhys Williams - This young lad just seems to get better and better. Did a real job on Kane in the first half. So much so, that even his manager admitted that Kane was moved over onto Fabinho instead. Superb, all night long. 8

Fabinho - Is there anything that this man can't do? He has made one of the CB slots his own and has look every bit the world class defender. He sat back mostly last night, content to let his young defensive partner do a lot of the running, whilst he organised from the back. 8

Andy Robertson - Was relentless getting forward down Spurs' right and was like a fourth forward at times. Coped well enough in his own half and was very rarely troubled. 7

Gini Wijnaldum - After a hard run of games, Gini is showing no signs of stopping, or of tiredness, and was the fulcrum of our midfield dominance last night. So intelligent, so hard to dispossess and actually pushed forward to instigate attacks more than once, it was a midfield masterclass from the Dutch maestro. 9 Man of the Match

Jordan Henderson - It sound like an insult to call the captain 'reliable' but that's what he is. He did a lot of the dirty work, took a few hits, got back up and generally expended tons of energy to ensure holes were filled and gaps were plugged. 7

Curtis Jones - I admit I've been critical of Jones at times this season, but last night seemed to spell a turning point, as his previously solid displays pushed up a level and he played a much more mature, effective game. Clever in possession, with ridiculous accuracy on the ball and worked his socks off too. All that was missing was a goal. 8

Sadio Mane - He went close once or twice, but he still looked a little short on confidence. Still, Spurs were clearly terrified of him, given how often they blatantly fouled (and got away with) and hacked him down for 90-odd minutes too. 7

Mo Salah - A - albeit fortunate - opening goal aside, he was superb. Dangerous, confident, threw in some excellent tracking back. All that you could say against that performance was that he should've scored at least one more. Squandered a few great chances there. 8

Roberto Firmino - Finally a goal for Bobby Firmino. And what a time to score it too! Just inside stoppage time against our current title rivals to win the match. It capped off an all-action, top display from Bobby and was richly deserved. 8

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