Tottenham took full advantage of Liverpool’s defensive frailties as they ran out convincing 4-1 victors in front of a record crowd at Wembley on Sunday.
Tottenham 4 Liverpool 1
Kane breaks deadlock early on
Son doubles Spurs’ advantage
Salah pulls one back soon after
Alli restores two-goal cushion
Kane seals win in second half
Mauricio Pochettino’s side were 2-0 up inside the opening 15 minutes, before the Reds hit back midway through the first half. However, Spurs’ dominance continued as they struck twice more to secure a comfortable win.
The hosts made the best possible start when Harry Kane capitalised on Dejan Lovren’s hesitation in the fourth minute to latch onto Kieran Trippier’s ball over the top and go past an on-rushing Simon Mignolet before slotting home from 14 yards out.
Things got even better eight minutes later as Lovren misjudged a long ball, which sent Kane away down the right flank and he crossed for Son Heung-Min, who beat Mignolet with a first-time shot from inside the area.
Son was denied a second goal by the woodwork on 16 minutes, having raced onto Christian Eriksen’s pass down the right channel and striking the crossbar from a tight angle.
After Emre Can blazed high over the bar from distance on 20 minutes, the Reds halved the deficit four minutes later when Salah fired in off the left post from an angle on the right following Jordan Henderson’s fine through-ball.
But the North Londoners stepped up their game and Son tested Mignolet from close range on 29 minutes after being played in by Dele Alli, before Kane fired wide of the near post from 19 yards out in the 37th minute having cut inside from the left to create space for a shot.
Their lead was restored on the stroke of half-time when Alli volleyed home from just inside the area after getting on the end of Joel Matip’s poor clearance from Eriksen’s free-kick on the right.
Another defensive mistake from the visitors saw Kane get on the scoresheet again in the 56th minute, as the striker scored on the rebound after Mignolet spilled a cross and Jan Vertonghen’s shot was cleared off the line by Roberto Firmino.
Philippe Coutinho almost pulled another one back on 67 minutes with a left-footed strike from outside the box that was tipped onto the crossbar by Hugo Lloris, who denied James Milner at his near post five minutes later and was well placed to keep out the Brazilian again soon after.
Lloris had to be alert to prevent Mohamed Salah from scoring on 78 minutes, after Serge Aurier lost out to Milner on the right byline, but the job was long done for Spurs.