Liverpool’s march towards the Premier League title continued as they beat Tottenham 1-0 at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to set a new European points record.
Roberto Firmino scored the only goal of the game in the 37th minute as Jurgen Klopp’s side, who have now gone 38 league games without defeat, sealed their 20th win of the season to move 16 points clear at the top of the Premier League.
Victory at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is another significant hurdle cleared as the Reds go in search of a first league title in 30 years. It also takes Liverpool’s points tally to 61 from 21 matches, which represents the best start to a campaign of any team in the history of Europe’s top five leagues.
Gomez (6), Van Dijk (7), Robertson (8), Oxlade-Chamberlain (6), Henderson (8), Wijnaldum (8), Salah (8), Firmino (8), Mane (7).
Subs: Lallana (7), Origi (n/a)
Man of the match: Roberto Firmino.
With Liverpool dominating possession and pushing forward at every opportunity there were chances for Spurs on the break, but Dele Alli could not trouble Alisson Becker, lashing high over the crossbar after holding off challenges from Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Van Dijk was involved at the other end in the 22nd minute, meeting Jordan Henderson’s cross at the far post for a free header, but the Dutchman’s effort was brilliantly kept out by Paulo Gazzaniga to keep the scores level.
Liverpool’s dominance eventually told, and they took the lead in the 37th minute. Henderson kept the attack alive on the edge of Spurs penalty area, teeing up Mohamed Salah. The Egyptian held the ball up in the penalty area before finding Firmino, who let the ball run across his body before producing a powerful finish.
A VAR check for handball against Henderson was required but the goal stood as Klopp’s men quickly went in search of a second. Salah won possession from Davidson Sanchez and quickly raced through on goal before seeing his shot flash inches wide of the near post.
After the break, Liverpool had chances to extend their lead, but Trent Alexander-Arnold dragged wide of the far post before Sadio Mane’s header was kept out by Gazzaniga.
But as the game wore on and Liverpool tired, it was Spurs who were the more threatening of the two sides.
Son missed an excellent opportunity to level in the 74th minute when played through by Lucas Moura, placing his shot well over the crossbar before Lo Celso, picked out by Serge Aurier’s pinpoint cross, somehow managed to place his shot wide of the far post five yards out.
In the end, Firmino’s goal proved enough for Liverpool, who moved to a 38th consecutive game unbeaten – the equivalent of a whole season – across the 2018-19 and 2019-20 Premier League campaigns.