EPL: Liverpool back on track with win at Tottenham

Liverpool's spluttering attack has burst back to life, as the EPL champions returned to winning ways with a commanding 3-1 victory at Tottenham Hotspur.

Goals from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane capped a dominant display by Juergen Klopp's side, whose first league win since a 7-0 thrashing of Crystal Palace on December 19 restored their place in the top four.

Firmino's effort in first-half stoppage time ended Liverpool's barren run of 482 minutes without a league goal.

Alexander-Arnold doubled their lead in the 47th minute, before Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg quickly lashed in his first goal for Spurs to give the hosts hope.

With Tottenham's defence unravelling, Mane struck again for the champions in the 65th minute and there was no coming back for Jose Mourinho's side, whose disappointment was compounded by an injury to talisman Harry Kane.

Both sides also had goals ruled out by video decisions.

Liverpool's seventh successive win over Spurs in all competitions moved them into fourth spot with 37 points from 20 games, four points behind leaders Manchester City, who have played a game less. Tottenham stayed sixth with 33 points.

Liverpool are not quite back to their best, but it was an important statement of intent for Klopp's side that they will not be giving up their title without a fight.

Even with a makeshift central defensive partnership of Jordan Henderson and Joel Matip, they were too strong for a Tottenham side that were culpable for all three goals.

"Nothing has really changed, we're the same team we always have been," Alexander-Arnold says.

"We have the same mentality going into games, we respect the opposition. We have the expectation on ourselves that we should win the game and it was a whole performance from the lads."

Liverpool should have ended their drought in the opening minutes, when Mane was through on goal, but steered his shot wide.

That miss looked costly, as Son Heung-min thought he had given Spurs the lead from Kane's pass, but his effort was ruled marginally offside by video.

While Tottenham looked dangerous on counterattacks, Liverpool were the more threatening side and they were gifted the opening goal deep into stoppage time.

Mane again got behind Tottenham's defence and prodded the ball across towards Firmino, who capitalised on indecision by keeper Hugo Lloris and Eric Dier to tap home.

Tottenham replaced Kane, who twice needed treatment, with Erik Lamela at halftime and Harry Winks also came on for Serge Aurier, but Tottenham's plans were soon in disarray.

Mane was again the creator, as he burst into the area and his shot was pushed out by Lloris into the path of Alexander-Arnold to rifle in the rebound with his right foot.

Tottenham responded within a minute from an unlikely source, as Hojbjerg sent a swerving effort past Allison from the edge of the area. In a frenetic passage of play, Mohamed Salah belted a shot past Lloris, but Tottenham were spared by a video check, which showed a handball by Firmino in the build-up.

Ten minutes later, another Spurs error, this time by central defender Joe Rodon, allowed a low cross to reach Mane who made no mistake.

"It's hard to resist so many defensive individual mistakes, unless you score four goals against Liverpool," Mourinho says.

"Every time we came back, the next mistake was coming."