Liverpool secured another crucial three points in their bid to win the Premier League title as Toby Alderweireld’s late own goal helped them beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield on Sunday.
With Manchester City returning to the top of the table earlier in the weekend following their victory against Fulham, the pressure was on the Reds to deliver against a side fighting to stay in the Champions League qualification spots.
Roberto Firmino’s first-half opener was cancelled out by Lucas Moura in the second, and the clash looked to be heading for a draw before Hugo Lloris pushed Mo Salah’s header away against Alderweireld, who could only look on helplessly as the ball crossed the line in the 90th minute.
Here are three images that summed up another entertaining day on Merseyside…
As soon as Lucas netted 20 minutes from the end, the atmosphere at Anfield completely changed with the fans visibly deflated. The nervousness prior to the equaliser would have led to disbelief after the Brazilian found the net as their title chances appeared to be slipping away.
At this point Tottenham would have been thinking they had the momentum and a shot at three points, and it is certainly something that is apparent in this photo of Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino in the stands. Those Liverpool fans around him are clearly fearing the worst.
What a chance. When Moussa Sissoko was breaking through two on one with only Son Heung-Min and Virgil van Dijk for company in the 85th minute, a giant intake of breath was taken from everyone watching on. Van Dijk certainly did well to not only cut off the pass to Son but also to force Sissoko slightly out wide, and the move ended with the Frenchman blasting high over the bar.
It was an opportunity to not only make Tottenham comfortable in the top four but to end Liverpool’s title hopes, and the 29-year-old clearly knew it.
A mix of sheer elation and relief. As we mentioned previously, Liverpool looked to be dropping more points in the Premier League title race, before Alderweireld’s late own goal gave them the three points they so desperately needed.
While they started the game well, Jurgen Klopp’s men showed those signs of nerves again with their 1-0 lead, and they were unable to hold it. With the match petering out Salah stepped up, with the help of Lloris, and the fans in this photo know how important the goal could be come May.