Liverpool returned to form in impressive fashion as the Premier League champions secured a convincing victory at Tottenham Hotspur.
Three goals, three points… and a special away performance in the capital ✊🔴
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) January 29, 2021
Brazilian striker Roberto Firmino helped end Liverpool’s goal drought as the champions with their first league goal in 482 minutes in first-half stoppage time.
Spurs had seen an early goal from Heung-Min Son ruled out by VAR and their hopes were further hit when the injured Harry Kane was withdrawn at the break.
“He is injured in both ankles,” Mourinho said. “He said to compete with one pain he probably could, but both — it was very painful and very sore and he couldn’t. He just couldn’t.
“He is a guy with a good sacrifice spirit, he can fight against pain, but it was difficult for him.”
Mohamed Salah saw a goal disallowed by VAR for handball by Firmino in the build-up, but Mane smashed a shot into the top corner to restore the two-goal lead.
“We scored goals in the right moments, wonderful goals,” Klopp told BT Sport. “The right people scored the goals. All good, apart from obviously Joel Matip had to go off.
“What I saw today was not about form, it’s… who we are. That’s us. Today, the second half especially, was us. It was a massive fight and football on top of that.
“I don’t know the numbers but I think apart from a few minutes in the first half, I don’t remember them having a lot of the ball. It was always pretty quick and counter-attacking and we defender really well. It was just a good performance and I saw a lot of things I wanted to see.
“Offensively, the way we played, I thought we coped really well with their formation. Played around, played in between, so we were so often in and around the box which is really important. The counter-press was really good. The last line defended really well; high enough but not crazy high.”
Liverpool with a win over Tottenham moved within four points to leader Manchester City, Jose Mourinho’s Tottenham is eight points adrift in sixth after its first defeat in 2021, albeit with a game in hand.