Mo Salah penalty maintains Liverpool unbeaten league run

Mohamed Salah’s penalty ensured Liverpool avoided a defeat at Anfield with a 2-1 victory over Tottenham Hotspur that saw the table leaders restore their six-point gap over City.

Salah scored a 75th-minute penalty, his 50th Anfield goal for Liverpool, as Liverpool came back from going a goal down some seconds after kick-off to maintain their unbeaten league run in 10 matches.

The Egyptian’s winning penalty was awarded after Serge Aurier tripped Sadio Mane in the process of making a tackle.

The decision to award a penalty angered the visitors, but it was what Liverpool needed to complete a second-half comeback that started when Jordan Henderson equalised early in the second half.

Harry Kane’s header made him the joint-third highest scorer in the club’s history with 174 goals.

The goal came after Moussa Sissoko started counter-attack and set Son racing towards Liverpool goal.

Son’s powerful shot from the edge of the box took a sharp deflection off the head of Lovren before hitting the left-hand post; however, the rebound fell to the path of Kane, who headed into the open net.

Spurs’ lead only lasted until the 52nd minute when a Henderson cross was cleared but turned back into the area by Fabinho.

Full-back Danny Rose seemed to poke Firmino in the back, but, with referee unmoved, the ball rolled to where Henderson hit it on the half-volley into the Spurs goal.

Moments earlier, Spurs could have extended their lead when Son was put through on the end of a long clearance by keeper Gazzaniga. The South Korean rounded keeper Alisson Becker but could only hit the woodwork from a tight angle.

The equaliser was well-deserved after a dominant first-half display by Liverpool in which only excellent saves from the goalkeeper Gazzaniga kept the visitors’ lead.

The best of the Argentine’s fine display saw him save from Salah and then keep out a fierce follow-up shot from Firmino.

Also, the keeper was on hand to tip over a Virgil van Dijk header and parry Alexander-Arnold’s powerful shot in the first half that Liverpool dominated.

Before the equaliser, Gazzaniga saved well once again, from Firmino’s header, and afterward, the impressive goalkeeper blocked a shot from the striker by sitting on the ball on his goal line.

After taking the lead, Liverpool was able to maintain the final minutes in comfort, although the keeper was forced to save well from Son and an injury-time header from defender Toby Alderweireld.

Author: Cossy

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