2020-21 English Premier League
  • Mohamed Salah (26')
  • Roberto Firmino (90')
  • Son Heung-Min (33')

Firmino's last-minute winner against Tottenham gives Liverpool title race advantage

Roberto Firmino headed a 90th-minute winner as Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 at Anfield on Wednesday to open up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool have 28 points while Spurs are now second on 25 points with both teams having played 13 games. Southampton and Leicester are both on 24 points.

- Liverpool ratings: Firmino 9/10, Salah 8/10 in Spurs win
- Tottenham ratings: Son 7/10, but defence cannot hold on

Mohamed Salah had put Liverpool ahead before Son Heung-Min levelled for Spurs in the 33rd minute and while the home side dominated it was the visitors who had the best chances after the break.

But Firmino's powerful header from a corner ensured a victory for Jurgen Klopp's side, leaving Jose Mourinho empty-handed, and the Spurs manager felt his side had deserved all three points.

"I told him [Klopp] the best team lost and he disagreed, but that's his opinion," Mourinho said.

"So close to winning, but we missed the chances, we had the chances, had the game under control, a draw would be a bad result -- so you can imagine how we feel with a defeat," he said.

Klopp's side dominated from the outset and took the lead in the 26th minute when Salah's shot deflected off Spurs defender Toby Alderweireld and looped into the far corner.

But Tottenham struck back seven minutes later, Giovani Lo Celso breaking strongly before finding Son who beat Alisson with a clever and composed finish.

Despite the home side enjoying the vast majority of possession, Spurs had two great chances to go ahead with Steven Bergwijn bursting into the box and holding off Trent Alexander-Arnold but his shot hit the post.

Moments later Harry Kane found himself unmarked from a Son corner but uncharacteristically made a mess of his header, directing the ball into the ground and off-target from a great position.

Such opportunities are rare at Anfield and the champions made Spurs pay at the death with Firmino leaping to power home a header from Andy Robertson's corner.

"A good game against a counter-attacking monster, the possession we had we did incredibly well," Klopp said.

"Yes they have scored a goal, had two chances, apart from that we controlled the game and it is a massively deserved three points and I am happy," he added.

English Premier League Standings

1 Manchester City 23 +41 57
2 Liverpool 21 +37 45
3 Chelsea 23 +28 44
4 Manchester United 22 +6 38
5 West Ham United 23 +10 37
6 Tottenham Hotspur 19 +4 36
7 Arsenal 20 +8 35
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 21 +3 34
9 Brighton & Hove Albion 21 0 29
10 Aston Villa 21 -4 26
11 Leicester City 19 -3 25
12 Southampton 22 -8 25
13 Crystal Palace 21 -1 24
14 Brentford 23 -12 23
15 Leeds United 21 -16 22
16 Everton 20 -11 19
17 Norwich City 22 -32 16
18 Newcastle United 21 -22 15
19 Watford 20 -17 14
20 Burnley 17 -11 11