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Liverpool exploits Tottenham's World Cup fatigue for 5th win

18 September 2018

When Klopp succeeded the sacked Brendan Rodgers, following a sabbatical after his time as Borussia Dortmund coach, Liverpool were 10th in the Premier League and the momentum that nearly carried them to the title in 2014 was lost.

Mauricio Pochettino may have had the same fears pre-match, hence the three-man midfield, but we were guilty of so many sloppy passes in there and too often not being close enough or getting the wrong side of players.

In the day's other game, Roy Hodgson celebrated the first anniversary of his appointment as Crystal Palace manager with a 1-0 win at Huddersfield Town.

"Watford is Watford, we didn't show our normal behaviour, attitudes or motivation but [against Liverpool] we competed, I have nothing to say", he added. Now we won a few games, that's good, but it doesn't change anything for us.

But the season is over 38 games, not just one, thankfully.

The lack of depth in Tottenham's squad is clear - particularly the lack of a quality backup striker to Kane - after being the only Premier League team to make no offseason additions. "But I am very happy where I am". But only five per cent less and we would probably have lost.

But when you consider that Spurs possess two of the most highly rated centre-backs in the Premier League in Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld, it doesn't stack up that they have become so vulnerable when defending crosses and set-pieces. How we deal with that, I don't know.

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Liverpool later confirmed Firmino had "an abrasion of the eye, but there will be no lasting damage" after he was assessed at a London hospital.

"Last year, our away record against the top six wasn't really good and I told the boys it wasn't because the games were away or because they were against the top six, it was because we didn't defend as good as we could", he said.

"The players and staff onboard the club flight back to Liverpool sent the Brazilian a video wishing him well", the team said. In the end, they were perhaps unlucky not to have a chance to level in the dying seconds, following a possible foul on Son Heung-Min by Sadio Mane in the penalty area. "I am not anxious I promise you".

"We maybe have an injury with Roberto, something with his eye we'll see".

"We talk a lot".

The foundations have been laid at Anfield for a big season ahead, and if they can keep winning games and continue to improve their performances, the sky is the limit.

Liverpool exploits Tottenham's World Cup fatigue for 5th win