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Salah penalty completes dramatic turnaround after shock Kane opener

first_imgMIND the gap.Liverpool, operating on a different level to Tottenham when they won the Champions League, are pulling clear of the pack.4 Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah both scored as Liverpool came from behind to beat Spurs 2-1Credit: Getty ImagesThis was more of the same, recovering from Harry Kane’s first minute goal to record a 12th successive victory at Anfield.Spurs, languishing in mid-table, 16 points behind the Premier League leaders, are already out of the conversation.The chatter is all about Liverpool and their iron-will to churn out wins after Jordan Henderson and Mo Salah saw them home.Salah got the winner, drilling in a 75th minute penalty to keep Manchester City at bay, at least for another couple of games.City are chasing hard, but it is wins like this for Liverpool, dogging it out in the end, that has put them on this title-winning streak.Their biggest challenge was to find a way past Paulo Gazzaniga after his threat to stop everything coming his way.This fill-in for Hugo Lloris, crocked during their 3-0 hiding at Brighton, was taking on all-comers in the first half.Salah, Roberto Firmino, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander and Sadio Mane went every which way to try to find a way past him.He played like a trialist, flinging himself at everything as seasoned internationals smashed balls goalbound.4 Harry Kane puts Spurs ahead at Anfield after just one minuteCredit: ReutersAfter captain Kane put Spurs in to an unscripted lead 47 seconds in, it was down to Gazzaniga to weigh in with a worldie.Kane had steered in a rebound with his head, reacting quickest when Son Heung-Min’s long-ranger smacked invitingly off the upright.The dirty work had been done by Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko, with the pair heaving away in the engine room to set up the surprise chance.Kane seized on it, as shocked as anyone when he was allowed to put Spurs in to a lead they were never going to keep.At least this Harry loves the media spotlight.His adoring public wanted a piece of him and his loyal subjects in the Spurs side were soon celebrating alongside him.They knew what was to follow.For the next 89 and a bit minutes, the Premier League leaders attacked from every possible angle.Liverpool only know two speeds – fast, and very fast – after setting the pace at the head of the field.Chances came from every attack, with Gazzaniga’s double save from Salah and Firmino the pick of the first half.A Van Dijk effort was also tipped over, Alexander-Arnold’s dipper was turned away and Mane’s header was directed wide.There was no relief.4 Henderson bagged an equaliser for Liverpool in the 52nd minuteCredit: EPASissoko was booked for shoving Andy Robertson in the chest and Rose followed him when he chopped Henderson.Liverpool were out for goals and they knew that one – and then another – would soon be on the way.They survived Son’s 48th minute chance, when the Spurs man hit the bar from a tight angle after rounding Alisson.Spurs needed to score it.Four minutes later Liverpool were level after Henderson sent in the original cross from the right.Spurs failed to clear, with Fabinho popping the ball back in for Henderson to drive in the equaliser off his left boot.It is nearly four years since the captain scored at Anfield, far too long for a player coming under pressure for his place.James Milner, the Ox and Naby Keita are all vying for his spot in Liverpool’s midfield.That is to be decided on another day.The main talking point is Liverpool’s win, established when spaghetti legs Serge Aurier conceded a penalty.Something was brewing in that Spurs defence because Henderson was in over-drive down that right wing.He was operating as another forward, adding to the pressure on these tiring Tottenham defenders.In the end, the winner came from the other wing.Aurier followed Mane around the penalty area before his legs finally gave way and he upended the Liverpool forward.A minute later, when Salah finally began his bendy run-up, the league leaders went in front.Gazzaniga was unmoved, beaten in a game of bluff when Salah smacked his effort beyond the Spurs keeper.His run-up is so hard to read, emerging from a sea of red bodies on the edge of the area to pick his spot.It was his last significant touch because Liverpool’s match-winner was hobbling off with a sore ankle five minutes later.Most Read In SportTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battle’I ACCEPT’McGregor accepts Silva fight at UFC catchweight of 176lbs in huge super-fightTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramPicturedA CUT ABOVEMike Tyson shows two-inch cut ‘picked up in training’ ahead of boxing returnExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubThe game was in the bag by then, with Spurs barely able to muster the sort of attack that could lead to an improbable equaliser.That was never likely here because Liverpool are far too good at the minute.Well, certainly too good for Tottenham.4 Salah made sure Liverpool took home all three points with a penaltyCredit: EPALiverpool condemn fans’ ‘highly offensive’ banner of Divock Origi before Genk clashlast_img read more

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