Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur: Live matchday blog
Liverpool recovered from the setback of falling behind to a Harry Kane goal inside the opening 60 seconds to beat Tottenham 2-1 at Anfield thanks to second-half goals from Jordan Henderson and Mohamed Salah (penalty).
More from Klopp...
"We pushed them back, played really good football, created chances in the first and second half, [there were] super saves of the goalie of Tottenham – wow, what a game he had. The first goal we scored, I loved because in other games maybe when the striker goes down and everybody is shouting for a penalty, there are maybe players around who switch off a little bit but Hendo was not bothered by that and finished that situation off. Really important, really nice.
"The second goal is a sensational counter-press situation of Sadio; having the ball, losing it, losing it twice, coming in front of the opponent and then he kicks your calf, that that is a super, super situation. We won it, we deserved it and I am really happy about the performance."
You can read the post-match thoughts of the boss in full by clicking here.
Liverpool turn their attentions to the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night as they welcome Arsenal to Anfield.
Our next league outing is away to Aston Villa next Saturday afternoon.
Boss performances from plenty of Reds today 👊🔴 Who gets your Man of the Match vote for #LIVTOT? 🤔— LFC (Liverpool FC (at 🏠)) 27th Oct 19:17
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Jordan Henderson reaction
"It’s always nice to score, especially at Anfield in front of the Kop. It was to get us back in the game, which was important.
"I was disappointed with the goal we conceded because I gave the ball away in a sloppy area. I was delighted to react in the right way and manage to get on the scoresheet.
"The performance was brilliant from the lads, we deserved the three points and it's a big win for us."
The LFCTV analysis from Anfield...
Klopp on Salah and Van Dijk fitness
"Virgil got a dead leg," the manager explained to Sky Sports post-match.
"Mo is the same ankle [he injured earlier this month], it just gets sore the longer the game goes on.
"It's not a massive issue, that will disappear one day, but it's still a bit there at the moment."
And here is how the top of the table is looking after the latest round of fixtures.
The tale of a pulsating 90 minutes, as told by Opta...
Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool come from behind to record victory over Tottenham at Anfield and restore their six-point lead at the Premier League summit.
Harry Kane gave the visitors the lead after just 49 seconds, stooping to nod over the line over Son Heung-Min's shot had deflected against the post.
The Reds began their comeback shortly after half-time when Jordan Henderson hooked in from close range.
And Mohamed Salah clinched the points when he slammed in a penalty after Sadio Mane had been fouled by Serge Aurier.
Tottenham corner. They send Gazzaniga up. Kane meets it but heads straight at Alisson.
Origi on for Firmino for the final minute or two.
Shooting chance for Son on the turn. Alisson saves.
Four minutes of added time...
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A let-off for the Reds as a raking pass finds Rose in space on the left.
The Spurs full-back cuts into the area onto his right, but scoops well over.
Spurs final change sees Lo Celso come on for Eriksen.
Gomez comes on for Salah, who needed treatement for a knock before departing.
Lucas Moura comes on for Aurier for Spurs.
Milner comes on to replace Wijnaldum.
GOAL! MOHAMED SALAH!
No mistake from the Egyptian King!
2-1 to Liverpool!
PENALTY TO LIVERPOOL
Aurier brings down Mane and the Reds have a spot-kick
Ndombele booked for pulling back Fabinho.
Firmino's shot is blocked after a clever lay-off from Salah.
Alexander-Arnold's corner finds Salah, who chests and shoots. Wide.
Salah holds off Sanchez, turns and shoots. It's claimed by Gazzaniga.
Alexander-Arnold booked for a trip on Kane.
Spurs change - Winks off, Ndombele on.
Wijnaldum heads a Fabinho cross down into the ground and goalwards, but it's too close to Gazzaniga.
Firmino gets a shot in from a tight angle but Gazzaniga keeps it out, with his knees we think.
Salah nudges another Fabinho ball forward towards goal, he can't get enough purchase on it and it's an easy claim for Gazzaniga.
GOAL! JORDAN HENDERSON!
Liverpool are finally level!
Fabinho's floated ball into the area finds Henderson, who steers a left-foot shot across goal and into the bottom corner on the half volley.
1-1. Game on.
Lovren is booked for a challenge on Kane.
Robertson crashes a right-foot effort into a crowd of Tottenham defenders on the edge of the area.
A counter from Spurs sees Son go into the area, around Alisson and hook the ball goalwards.
Thankfully, it rebounds against the bar, but a clear indication of the threat the visitors pose
Firmino meets Robertson's cross with a header under pressure at the back post.
He nods it towards the bottom corner, but Gazzaniga again keeps it out.
Back under way...
Liverpool re-start the game at Anfield and they'll attack the Kop in this second half as they try to turn around the scoreline.
Come on you Reds.
Here's how Opta ranked the first half...
Liverpool 0-1 Tottenham Hotspur
Harry Kane's goal after 49 seconds means Tottenham hold a lead over Liverpool at the break.
The Reds, however, have carved out several good chance, with Spurs 'keeper Paulo Gazzaniga producing several fine stops to frustrate them.
Henderson is close to reaching Mane's centre with his head.
Three minutes additional time to be played at the end of the first half...
Alexander-Arnold crashes a free-kick into the top of the Tottenham wall from a good position 20 yards out.
A free-kick routine sees the ball worked to Firmino at the back post from Alexander-Arnold; however, his nudge across the six-yard box is intercepted by Sanchez.
Rose is now booked for a lunge at Henderson.
Sissoko is booked for stopping Robertson taking a free-kick.
Now Mane is picked out by an Alexander-Arnold ball, but he can't connect six yards out with his head.
Liverpool are piling the pressure on now.
And again the Tottenham goalkeeper keeps Liverpool out.
This time Alexander-Arnold's crisp drive is beaten away.
Salah then has a shot blocked by Sanchez.
Gazzaniga thwarts Liverpool yet again, this time tipping Van Dijk's header from an Alexander-Arnold free-kick over the crossbar.
Gazzaniga keeps Tottenham's lead intact with a double save.
First, he claws away Salah's shot from the edge of the area before blocking Firmino's follow-up.
Our best chance so far.
Danger for Liverpool as Kane almost tees up Alli six yards out.
The midfielder is forced wide, but works it back to Eriksen, whose strike across goal bounces in front of Kane and goes wide.
Mane does superbly to nod Lovren's long ball forward down to Salah, but his swipe on the half-volley is straight at Gazzaniga.
Mane meets Alexander-Arnold's corner with a stooping near-post header, but he can only direct it well over the bar.
Robertson's cross from the left is just a bit too high for Salah to reach in the centre.
Robertson and Mane combine to work an opening on the left of the area, but the former's low cross is claimed by Gazzaniga.
Liverpool are huffing and puffing in search of a response.
Henderson swings in a deep cross from the right, but it's plucked out of the air by Gazzaniga.
Goal for Tottenham - Harry Kane
Tottenham go up the other end and grab themselves a goal inside the first minute.
Son's shot from the edge of the area deflects off Lovren, sending it the opposite way.
The ball crashes against the woodwork and falls kindly for Kane to stoop and head in from yards out.
A VAR check follows, but the goal stands.
Firmino almost slides Mane through on goal after just 15 seconds, but Sanchez makes a challenge.
Here we go...
Tottenham start the game at Anfield.
Come on you Reds!
Here come the teams from the tunnel...
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Klopp on team selection
Jürgen Klopp has detailed his thinking behind the three changes Liverpool have made to their starting line-up for today's encounter with Tottenham Hotspur.
Jordan Henderson and Georginio Wijnaldum have replaced Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in midfield, while Trent Alexander-Arnold returns after illness in place of James Milner.
He said: “These three guys in midfield, if they get the support from the two wingers and Bobby then it can be kind of a wall you have to try and go over or something. We are pretty solid there and we have to be against them.
“They always do something, especially in these games, special against us. Set it up a little bit and where we are strong, they try to turn it around, like maybe bringing Son into a very offensive position high left when Trent is going [forward] and stuff like this.
“Then we lose the ball and there is a counter-attacking opportunity. It’s always how it is, but you need to be as tuned as possible and that’s what we try to do with the line-up.”
On the decision to partner Virgil van Dijk with Dejan Lovren ahead of Joe Gomez, Klopp added: “Dejan has got rhythm now. Joe is completely back, he knows that; it’s just how it is sometimes, he was not at 100 per cent best shape.
“Now he is back and good to know because Joel is still out and we will have to change in that position. Joe was completely in contention for the last game, we just thought Milly made more sense for that game. Apart from that, Joe is in really good shape now and that’s good timing.”
Here's how Opta expect the two sides to shape up this afternoon...
The lads are here...
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Tottenham starting XI
Gazzaniga, Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Rose, Winks, Sissoko, Eriksen, Dele, Son, Kane.
Ali on the mic
Alisson Becker handles pre-match media duties at Anfield.
The teamsheet is in and shows three changes for the Reds.
Trent Alexander-Arnold returns in defence, while Georginio Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson are back in midfield.
Liverpool: Alisson, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Van Dijk, Robertson, Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum, Mane, Salah, Firmino.
Subs: Adrian, Milner, Keita, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Lallana, Origi.
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Spot the difference
Liverpool's players will wear special shirts for today's game.
Their jerseys will bear the 'Futuremakers by Standard Chartered' logo to raise awareness of the Reds' main sponsor's global intiative to tackle inequality by empowering the next generation to learn, earn and grow.
Afterwards, the players will sign the match-worn shirts, which will then be auctioned to raise money for the Futuremakers campaign - visit sc.com/scfoundation for more details.
*** WEATHER UPDATE ALERT ***
It's time, dear reader.
The wait is over.
The official Liverpoolfc.com Weather Update Alert is upon us.
Scribe Chris Shaw has been pitchside with our trusty thermometer to compile his report.
He tells us the mercury is around the 11-degree mark, but it's likely to dip over the course of the afternoon according to sources.
Anfield is also bathed in glorious sunshine at the moment and no rain is forecast, but sunset is likely to occur around 5.04pm GMT on Merseyside.
So, dig out your big coat and if you're particularly susceptible to the chill, bring a hat.
There's a symmetrical look to the visitors' Premier League record before this match - with three wins, three draws and three defeats for Tottenham to date.
Mauricio Pochettino's team were held to a 1-1 draw by Watford in their last league clash, but defeated Red Star Belgrade 5-0 in the Champions League in midweek.
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*Weather update klaxon*
Yes, it's time, folks. It's time to provide you with a meteorological forecast.
There's a clear blue sky over Anfield at the moment but don't let that fool you - there will be a slight chill in the air by kick-off, so we'd advise a jacket or coat if you're heading to the stadium later.
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- Liverpool have lost just one of the last 25 league meetings with Tottenham at Anfield
- Salah has scored four goals in his five appearances against Spurs for Liverpool
- The Reds have scored 92 goals against Spurs in the Premier League; only against Newcastle United (101) have they netted more
- Klopp's side have won 11 home league games in a row - the club's best such streak in the Premier League era
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Klopp's Tottenham analysis
As he assessed the challenge of Spurs at his pre-match press conference, the Liverpool boss explained why his side will have to produce their very best football this afternoon.
"They are always able to put a proper performance in on the pitch - that is what we have to expect," said Klopp. "It's no problem. On top [of that], we won the Champions League final, we know that.
"I think we were very respectful in that moment with all the celebrations but we were still the one who were on the other side of that night, so that's of course another additional motivation to put some things right.
"That's all clear, but in the end it's a football game between two really good teams and the situation around will not make a massive difference. We will not be that confident that absolutely nothing can happen to us or whatever, and they will not play like a team with the points tally they have.
"They are a top side in the Premier League and they will be a top side in the whole season in the Premier League - and we have to respect that and play the best football we can play against them."
Liverpool won both league clashes with Spurs 2-1 last season, with a dominant performance at Wembley followed by a hard-fought, last-minute triumph at Anfield.
See the highlights of both matches below...
Our photographers were in position at Friday's rain-soaked training session to provide a gallery - below for your viewing pleasure - of the Reds' preparations for Spurs...
Initiatives at Anfield
Fans heading to the stadium today should be aware of two new schemes in place.
Fans can expect speedier service at the game, with cashless payments being introduced around the stadium. Click here for more information.
Starting with today's match, the club is rolling out reusable cups at Anfield as part of its Reds Going Green initiative. Click here for more details.
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Did you know?
Mohamed Salah could reach another goalscoring milestone if he strikes against Spurs today - his 50th at Anfield for the club.
The No.11 has netted 49 times in 57 home appearances in all competitions so far.
Only Roger Hunt has bagged 50 at Anfield in fewer games than Salah potentially could, achieving his half-century in 55 outings.
Last time out
Liverpool eased to a 4-1 win at Genk in the Champions League on Wednesday night with four fantastic goals, especially Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain's inventive outside-of-the-boot strike.
See the highlights of the game below...
Tale of the tape
You can compare how the two teams have fared in the Premier League so far this season with the wealth of data from Opta below...
We caught up with Sadio Mane ahead of this fixture and the forward insisted Liverpool would be 'silly' to allow the gap between the sides in the table to influence their understanding of how tough a game it will be.
He does believe, however, the Reds can use their three victories over Tottenham last season in a positive way.
"I'm not sure if it will impact their minds," Mane said of June's Champions League final. "I don't know them, I don't know what's in their minds.
"But, for us, it will be a very positive impact. We beat them three times last year – it's another motivation for us to go again and try to beat them like we did last season. It's really positive for us, mentally.
"We're looking forward to a tough game. Everything is possible for us at Anfield."
The manager's view
See everything Jürgen Klopp had to say about facing Spurs in his pre-match press conference below...
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Trent Alexander-Arnold is expected to be available again today after illness ruled him out of the trip to Genk in midweek, and Andy Robertson is fine to play.
A doubt remains over Joel Matip (knee), though, and Xherdan Shaqiri (calf) is definitely out.
For their parts, Spurs' only confirmed absentee is goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
The last meeting
Well, you know how that went. Enjoy it all again below...
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As it stands
Here's a reminder of how the Premier League top six looks ahead of kick-off, and the rest of today's games in the division...
Liverpool return to Anfield this afternoon for a mouth-watering meeting with Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League.
Can the Reds take three points in the rematch of last season's Champions League final?
Stick with us here for all of the build-up, action and reaction.