Mohamed Salah scored twice in the first half as Liverpool defeated Tottenham in the Premier League for the first time this season.
Liverpool had lost their previous two league games to struggling Nottingham Forest and Leeds United, so manager Jurgen Klopp will be overjoyed with this win at Spurs, who are shaping up as top-four rivals.
Salah was the inspiration, sweeping home a sharp left-foot finish from Darwin Nunez’s pass after 11 minutes, then capitalizing on Eric Dier’s misplaced headed back-pass to double Liverpool’s lead five minutes before the break with great composure.
Spurs were never out of it, even without the injured Son Heung-min, as Ivan Perisic hit the crossbar either side of halftime before Harry Kane equalized with 20 minutes remaining. However, they were unable to complete one of their trademark comebacks this season.
Liverpool got their stuttering season back on track with a Champions League win over Napoli in midweek, sending them back to the last 16, despite the fact that the match was little more than a dead rubber.
This victory was more significant because of the opposition, as well as the need to get their Premier League show back on track after two devastating losses.
Mohamed Salah demonstrated that he is back to his best after a slow start to the season. Both goals featured different aspects of a goalscoring masterclass, the first with a one-touch finish and the second with coolness and technique to make Dier pay for his error.
Liverpool also benefited from Perisic’s efforts hitting the crossbar, and Trent Alexander-Arnold was fortunate to escape when Spurs’ penalty appeals were turned down after he appeared to push Ryan Sessegnon to the ground. They are still giving up far too many chances.