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Final word on Liverpool 4-3 Tottenham includes Cup winner and 9 out of 9 wins?



It was another spirited encounter at Anfield as Liverpool blew away a three-goal lead against Tottenham before taking all three points on death.

In a brilliant start, Liverpool were 3–0 up within 15 minutes as goals from Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah looked to take the match away from Spurs.

Tottenham somehow fought their way back and looked to have earned a point when Richarlison went home in stoppage time, only for Diogo Jota to pounce on a Lucas Moura error to send home the late winner.

Here, Adam Beattie (@beatts94) and Henry Jackson (@HenryJackson87) analyze a frantic relationship at Anfield.

Another whirlwind of an afternoon! Let’s get the negatives out of the way first – how frustrating was it to bring Spurs back into the game like that?

HENRY: It was so typical of this season, honestly. I wasn’t even surprised, what the hell!

In the past we’d just kill the game and never smell it, but you could feel the sloppy game creeping in.
Alisson and Robertson in particular were guilty of hanging around too long.

Even Richardson’s equalizer felt so incredibly predictable – you could feel it happening the moment he came on – which also highlights how we fans have lost faith in the mentality of Liverpool. I was not frustrated and was instead almost numb, which I think is worse!

ADAM: I was absolutely livid with them for giving Tottenham enough encouragement to get back in the game.

Those first 20 minutes were up there with one of the worst away performances I’ve ever seen at Anfield, their confidence seemed completely drained after the hammering they took at Newcastle and we somehow allowed them to build enough confidence to pull it back.

ADAM: At this stage of the season you just want to keep winning and worry about the rest later, but forwards like Kane and Son will always punish you if you switch off and we need to get rid of this habit quickly.

It’s worth saying that we were brilliant and clinical for the first 20 minutes and I hope they get something out of it, although it feels like another lifetime now!

We didn’t need to get involved in a thriller, but when have Liverpool ever done things the easy way?

HENRY: As I said above, it really was this season summed up in 90 minutes, with a mix of great, good, bad and scary all on display. To be honest, I think these players have reached the stage where all they need is summer and a refresh – I fully expect them to be a different animal next season.

Because of this, the sloppiness doesn’t bother me too much, even though it’s clearly frustrating to see so many of these great players doing crazy things too often.
In about four years, Van Dijk went from a completely flawless look to one that is prone to mistakes and too relaxed for his own good.

Big moment at the end, how good did that winner feel?

HENRY: Honestly, I couldn’t believe what I saw. At that time, I was okay with Liverpool throwing him out with officially the top 4.
I don’t know if I was partying or just screaming weird.

What a finish from Jota. He made it look so easy, but when you watch it, the anticipation of reading the back pass and then the feel and finish is perfect.

It’s “clutch” in situations like this, to use a saying I generally hate!

You can’t beat an injury-time winner in front of the Kop and the way the crowd went wild was memorable, especially after seeing Richarlison score and causing that awkwardness of a celebration.

ADAM: Despite what I just said, that’s the best way to win a football game, isn’t it?

The thought of Richarlison scoring the game-winning goal lasted an absolutely horrifying 50 seconds, but luckily we didn’t have to live with that prospect for too long.

Like you said as football fans we depend on last minute winners and even though it should never have happened I’m not sure I would trade that moment in the ground for a victory of 4-0 routine.

Who was your man of the match?

HENRY: I would say Trent was the star for me – he seems to like this new role. He struts around like he’s the most talented player on the pitch and he only sees passes that most footballers simply can’t dream of.

Admittedly, the remaining space on the right has become an issue and is a clear issue with this tactical setting, but I found it brilliant at times.

Diaz was brilliant in the first half too – fading as the minutes went by – Jones put in another encouraging Wijnaldum-like performance and scored well, while Salah was always dangerous and tried to make things work.

ADAM: I feel like I’m saying this every week right now, but I also thought Trent was great again, especially in the first half.

It’s a breath of fresh air to see him play with so much freedom and what’s scary is that he’s likely to improve as he learns the position. Jones looked strong again too, he’s really taking this opportunity and it’s good to see.

I wouldn’t mind if he took over for him for the rest of the season.

So four wins in a row, do you think we can keep it up until the end?

ADAM: If we are going to win the last nine then I’d say we have done the hard part of that now.

We definitely need to stop doing daft things if we are going to continue this run, but it is pleasing to at least see us responding to adversity more positively than we were doing earlier in the season.

Ultimately nine wins are still unlikely to be enough to get us where we want to be, but it would be a huge step in the right direction heading into next season.

HENRY: I actually think we could win every remaining game, mainly because it is a nice-looking run of fixtures, rather than because we’re playing particularly brilliantly.

Liverpool have certainly found some rhythm in recent weeks, and energy levels have improved, so the aim has to be to win the lot and see what happens.

The injuries have also eased, which allows for rotation and a strong bench.

I think they will achieve that goal and we’ll have those lovely Thursday nights to look forward to next season! Oh well, at least the final is in Dublin…

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