Liverpool were humbled by Tottenham as the Reds were handed their second heavy defeat of the season against top opposition away from home.
This was another mess entirely of Liverpool’s own making, as a series of shambolic defensive errors gave them no chance of beating their top four rivals.
Liverpool made two changes to the team that beat Maribor. One of those was enforced as Gini Wijnaldum’s injury brought Jordan Henderson back into the side and meant James Milner kept his place.
The other saw Joe Gomez return at right-back for Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Things started badly for Liverpool, as Harry Kane broke in-behind Lovren, who was playing offside badly, with Joe Gomez playing Kane on.
Kane rounded the on-rushing Mignolet and slotted into the empty net to put Spurs 1-0 up inside five minutes. Defensive shambles.
Brendan Rodgers was sacked after managing 2 wins in 9 games. Klopp has 1 win in 9 games but Klopp is great because he hugs his players. pic.twitter.com/IHHhrUggFZ
— Football Streams (@FootyStreamss) October 22, 2017
And things got worse before they got better, as Lovren charged out to win a header and completely missed it, leaving Kane in-behind him again.
This time Kane found Son, but the result was the same, the ball in the back of Liverpool’s net and again it could be said that Mignolet should have saved it.
Liverpool were lucky not to be out of the game long before they actually were, as Son broke in behind on multiple occasions, hitting the crossbar, testing Mignolet, and denied by a great tackle from Lovren.
On the ropes, the Reds simply had no answer defensively to Spurs.
At the other end though, Mo Salah found some joy, and a wonderful pass from Henderson gave him space to run into.
And run into it he did, using his searing pace to take the defenders out of the game and finishing smartly past Lloris and in off the post.
We spent £40 million on Chamberlain but Klopp really couldn’t find an alternative for Van Dijk?
— – (@AnfieldRd96) October 22, 2017
And the game was finally put to bed right on half-time following more awful Liverpool defending.
A long free-kick was headed by Matip straight to Alli, who despite being the only Spurs player in the box, was unmarked and slammed home. Game over.
And things only got more shambolic for the visitors, as a cross was completely missed by Mignolet, gifting Harry Kane his second goal of the game, a tap-in, despite Firmino clearing the ball off the line from Vertonghen.
And Hugo Lloris turned on the style in the second half with a truly outstanding save to prevent Coutinho at least making things interesting, with Salah – a constant threat – also testing the French keeper as Liverpool desperately tried to get back into the game.
But Spurs were superior in every department, with every player superior to their counterpart. Liverpool simply had no answer, and were an absolute disgrace defensively. Things have to change at Liverpool, and quickly, or they will not be moving forwards under Klopp.