Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool

Roberto Firmino’s first-half goal was enough to see Liverpool pick up victory away at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Saturday.

The Brazilian impressively netted shortly before half-time to further consolidate the Reds’ lead at the top of the standings.

Here are five talking points from the match…

History makers

Another important three points secured and a handful of historic records to boot. Where do you start? 

Well, Jürgen Klopp’s side have now made the best-ever start to a season across Europe’s five major leagues. 

Pos.PWDLGFGAGDPts
1Liverpool21201050143661
2Manchester City22152562253747
3Leicester City22143547212645

Sixty-one points from 21 matches in unprecedented. That beats the 59 points accrued by Manchester City in 2017-18 from the same number of matches. 

Avoiding defeat in their last 38 league matches, the Reds have claimed 104 points in that time (33 wins and five draws). That’s a Premier League record across a 38-game run, beating 102-point stretches by City (2017-18) and Chelsea (2005). 

And finally, Firmino’s goal saw another club record matched. The only other time a Liverpool side netted in their first 21 matches to a top-flight season was in 1933-34. 

Incredible. 

Eye for goal

A lovely body feint, a touch to get it out of his feet, a thrashed finish – 1-0 to Liverpool. 

Firmino marked the well-taken goal by covering his eye during the celebration, having suffered an eye injury in the same fixture last season. That, of course, was imitated by forward partner Sadio Mane. 

The No.9 has scored five times in his last six outings, but he’s still not satisfied. 

“When I went to him and wanted to give him a hug after the game, he wanted to stop and talk first,” Klopp revealed at his post-match press conference.  

“He said, ‘I know I should have scored more goals’… it was absolutely not what I wanted to say!” 

Safe and secure

The victory was secured with a sturdy defensive effort from Liverpool’s backline. 

“Especially in the second half, they were pressing us and made it very difficult for us,” Virgil van Dijk said afterwards. “We should have done better but three points is massive, so we’re very happy with that.”

Alisson Becker pulled off four saves throughout the match and also helped eliminate the threat of Tottenham counter-attacks with his alertness off his goalline. 

Van Dijk, meanwhile, put in a brilliant last-ditch block to thwart Dele Alli in the second half when bearing down on goal. 

It was the sixth consecutive Premier League clean sheet claimed. That hasn’t been achieved by a Liverpool side since December 2006. 

Wonderful Wijnaldum

What a performance from the No.5. 

In a true sign of his importance to the win, Wijnaldum had the most ball recoveries in the match with 12. The next best was nine. 

Covering nearly every blade of grass, the midfielder made 48 passes in the opposition half, completing 91.7 per cent of them.

He deservedly claimed the plaudits from supporters post-match. 

Another big one on the horizon 

‘We keep going’ is the message from the dressing room.

“The rest of the season is still quite long and we have a lot of tough games to play, the next one especially tough and we have to make sure we are ready for that,” Klopp said.

And there’s plenty of time to recover, regroup and prepare for the upcoming test. 

Up next on the schedule is the arrival of Manchester United to Anfield next Sunday as the Reds will look to extend all the records they now hold.

“Every day when we are training or playing a game, we try to do it better than we did before,” Wijnaldum said. “We always strive to do it better.”

Twenty-one games done, 17 to go.