Liverpool beat Tottenham at Anfield in a thrilling march which ended 3-2 in favour of the red with their 16 Million signing Mario Balotelli finally scoring a goal in the Premier League. The game was played at a fanatic pace and the atmosphere inside was truly electric.
There were many aspects to look in to after the game with Daniel Sturridge returning, Harry Kane scoring again, or Mario scoring for Liverpool at last. We take a look at the Top 5 talking points from the Liverpool-Tottenham game from Anfield.
“Ibe has got the VIBE”
Jordan Ibe has now started two big games in a row for Liverpool. Brendan Rodgers has clearly put his faith on the youngster and Ibe is doing his best to prove Rodgers right. Ibe started on the right side of the front three for Liverpool and was direct and decisive in his play. Ibe looked like the more direct and dominant version of Raheem Sterling.
Harry Kane scoring his way to England side
Harry Kane cannot stop scoring at the moment. 12 goals in his last 10 starts for Tottenham has widely called for his selection for the senior side. Roy Hodgson has been seeing Kane play in recent games and his exploits against Arsenal and Liverpool must have been enough to convince Roy Hodgson to hand Harry Kane his England debut sooner rather than later.
“Emre CAN defend”
Emre Can was brought by Liverpool with a view of playing him in the mid-field but with injuries and bad form Brendan Rodgers shifted Emre Can to Central Defence and he has been really the pivotal cog in Liverpool defence recently. Liverpool conceded a League Goal after 415 minutes of play. Can has been the leader for Liverpool’s defence despite Martin Skrtel’s presence which says a lot a for Emre Can’s performance so far.
Liverpool can do with a Happy and Scoring Mario
Mario Balotelli ended his 13-game league drought for Liverpool as the Striker took the Reds to a thrilling 3-2 victory at Anfield. Balotelli was at his very best as he did not celebrate the goal or at the Full Time whistle. Some would say he is back to his antics but Liverpool fans can take it as a sense of focus from the man and it could prove to be the turning point in Balotelli’s career at Liverpool. A scoring Balotelli can be an asset for Brendan Rodgers in the latter half of this season.
What the result meant for Liverpool and Tottenham.
This match was viewed as the potential six-pointer in the race to Champions League qualification. There are five team fighting for the last two Champions League places and the battle will go to the very last Gameweek of the league. With the victory at Anfield, Liverpool have caught up to Spurs as the two teams are separated by just one point now.
Tottenham maintained their 6th place in the league with 43 points closely followed by Liverpool at 7th place with 42 points. Neither of the teams involved in the Top 4 battle can afford a slip-up from now till the end of this season. Liverpool have shown in the recent weeks that their last-season is getting back and that could just take them over the line in this race.