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Tottenham Hotspur suffered their second Premier League defeat of the 2020-21 campaign at the hands of Liverpool at Anfield last night, with a late goal from Roberto Firmino that gave the North Londoners a 2-1 defeat.
Mohamed Salah put the defending champions ahead in the 26th minute thanks to an evil deflection from Eric Dier, but Spurs responded seven minutes later via Son Heung-min.
While the visitors only enjoyed 24% possession and had fewer shot attempts (eight) and shots at targets (two) compared to Liverpool, they had more chances to win the game in the second half.
However, Steven Bergwijn could only shoot wide and then hit the post as he went through the goal twice, while Harry Kane headed from the arc at point-blank range during a corner kick.
Tottenham had to pay for those missed opportunities right at the end of regulation time, with Firmino heading for the net after Andrew Robertson’s perfect corner.
The result left Spurs coach José Mourinho disappointed, and he insisted after the game that the best team lost.
The Portuguese said the same to Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and also took to Instagram to make his feelings clear.
Mourinho published: “At the moment the post denied us the victory we deserved. Proud of all. #coys “
Brazilian legend and Ballon d’Or 1999 Rivaldo seems to agree with the Tottenham manager, heading to the comment section to react like this:
However, Klopp and his players would definitely not agree with Mourinho’s claim, given the statistics.
Liverpool recorded 17 shots, 11 of them hitting their target.
While they left it late to secure a valuable win that saw them take over the Spurs and rise to the top of the league table, many neutral fans will agree they had the best game.
Mourinho’s plan to absorb the pressure and hit the Reds on the fast break almost worked in the end, but his players were unable to convert their chances and that is what ultimately separates the title winners from the title contenders.