Liverpool exploits Tottenham's World Cup fatigue for 5th win


More history could have be made on Saturday as Watford also began the season perfectly, with four wins in four. We are going to win a lot of games.

Liverpool should have struck for the lead in the 23rd minute, when Mo Salah picked off an errant back pass, splitting the Spurs defence.

"I'm really happy about the performance and proud of the performance because the boys came back on Wednesday/Thursday and we trained yesterday".

This mature display was a real statement of intent by Liverpool, who have made their best start since 1990-91 as they chase a first English title since 1989-90.

The German coach said his team would have lost if they'd been "5 percent less" with their performance, but they weren't and they won again as talk about them winning the title continues.

"Today, we had 85 brilliant minutes and then unfortunately we didn't finish the game off. Of course they deserved to win".

Meanwhile, the Liverpool manager is unsure on the severity of Firmino's facial injury that forced him off in the 74th minute on Saturday following a duel with Jan Vertongen.

"I didn't see it back". I think at the start of the second half we moved players into different options to try to find more solutions in offensive situations and try to score.

Writing in his column for BBC Sport, Lawrenson said: "Liverpool came unstuck against Spurs at Wembley last season but I have a feeling that both teams might cancel each other out this time".

Even after Lamela had scored there was still time for Tottenham to launch one last attack and it was during this sequence that Sadio Mane appeared to hack down Son Heung-min as the South Korean was about to shoot.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino urged his players to be aggressive against Liverpool, saying his team had a problem if they "crash" again.

"Now we're talking about character and personality. We don't play Champions League or what?" said the German, whose side now top the table with a 100 per cent record after four matches and are widely seen as the main challengers to defending champions Manchester City. "For all the plaudits for the club's improved defence, the moment of truth beckons", former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher, had warned in his Daily Telegraph column in the run-up to the game.