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Liverpool defeat Tottenham Hotspur to go odds on for Premier League Title



Liverpool beat Spurs 2-1 in an entertaining encounter to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side opened the scoring via Harry Kane but two second-half goals from Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah sealed the three points for the Reds.

Spurs have been in poor form all season and thus came into the fixture as huge underdogs with the bookies having their odds set at 11/2 for a win. Jurgen Klopp’s men, on the other hand, were a massive 9/20 favourites and proved to be right with a confident attacking performance.

Tottenham made a stunning start to shock the hosts as after just 47 seconds, Harry Kane scored to silence Anfield. The captain followed in Son Heung-min’s deflected shot, that hit the bar, with a nice header past Alisson to open the scoring.

Kane is, of course, a well-renowned striker and his goalscoring record speaks for itself so it was no surprise that he was 5/1 to score first.

Following the goal, Liverpool upped their intensity in a bid to find the equaliser. The Reds were dominating possession and were close to creating great opportunities but often failed to find the final ball.

They had several good chances but it was Spurs who should have scored the next goal. A lovely counter-attack failed to find an open Dele Alli in the box and the attack resulted in a Christian Eriksen shot that went just wide of the post.

Liverpool, however, then created two superb opportunities that were thwarted by keeper Paulo Gazzaniga. The second choice keeper, who is in for the injured Hugo Lloris, keeps out a brilliant Mo Salah effort and saves the rebound from Roberto Firmino.

The Argentine once again makes a superb stop a minute later to deny Liverpool. A superb Trent Alexander-Arnold cross was headed by Virgil van Dijk and looked a certain goal. However, Gazzaniga got his fingertips to the ball to tip it over the bar to help preserve Spurs’ slender lead.

And then again, he denies a rasping shot from Alexander-Arnold minutes later. The right-back then whipped another sensational ball to Sadio Mane who was free, but he failed to connect with the ball properly as his header went well wide.

Liverpool thoroughly dominated the possession and chances in the first half but headed into the dressing room 1-0 down as Spurs looked to find their first win at Anfield since 2011.

Just like the start of the first half, the Lilywhites came out quick out of the blocks. Son Heung-min raced through Liverpool’s defence that had switched off and gone round Alisson. However, with the goal gaping, albeit, at a tight angle, his shot thumped the crossbar.

That miss proved to be crucial as the Reds equalised just three minutes later. Captain Jordan Henderson found himself in the box with a loose ball and lashed home a great finish from his left foot to beat the highly impressive Gazzaniga.

This was the midfielder’s first goal at Anfield since December 2015 and thus, his odds of scoring were at 11/2 before the match.

Liverpool, like in the first half, dominated the game and held Spurs to minimal chances. Despite failing to create the number of chances like in the half before, their constant pressure eventually told.

Serge Aurier was unfortunate to give away a penalty as he caught Mane when trying to clear the ball. Up stepped Mo Salah, and there was no doubt as he gave Klopp’s side a deserved lead.

Spurs had two late chances to equalise but both Danny Rose and Son Heung-min failed to trouble Alisson as Liverpool secured another win.

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