Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool: Salah double ends Reds' wait for first away win
Liverpool finally secured a Premier League away win at the expense of Tottenham courtesy of a Mohamed Salah double.FotMob - 11 months ago
Mohamed Salah scored a first-half double as Liverpool ended their wait for a first Premier League away win of the season with a 2-1 victory at Tottenham.
Salah gave the Reds a deserved early lead and capitalised on a terrible mistake from Eric Dier to double their advantage, taking his goal tally for the season to 14 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday.
Spurs burst into life in the second half and Harry Kane's 13th goal of the campaign halved the deficit, but they are down a spot in fourth place after suffering back-to-back home defeats in the top flight.
This was a first Premier League win in three Premier League matches for Liverpool after being stunned by Nottingham and Forest and Leeds United, moving them into eighth spot.
The Reds started with vigour and Darwin Nunez forced an excellent save from Hugo Lloris before the lively Uruguay striker curled a shot wide of the far post.
Nunez showed great awareness for a brilliantly worked opening goal 11 minutes in, picking out Salah in the box and the prolific forward rounded off a slick move by taking a touch to control the ball before slotting into the bottom-left corner with his left foot.
Ivan Perisic nodded against the post when Alisson failed to deal with a whipped Harry Kane cross, but Liverpool were gifted a second goal by Dier five minutes before the break.
The defender tried to head a long ball back to Lloris but presented Salah with the opportunity to race clear and dink over the Spurs keeper with a clinical finish.
Spurs made a blistering start to the second half after they were booed off at the break and Perisic rattled the crossbar when Ryan Sessegnon pulled the ball back for the Croatia international.
Salah passed up a great opportunity to complete his hat-trick when he shot straight at Lloris and Kane got Spurs back in it with just over 20 minutes to go.
The fit-again Dejan Kulusevski played the England captain in with a clever pass and he fired into the far corner with his right foot from inside the box to give Spurs hope.
Tottenham continued to dominate but Liverpool held on for a long-awaited Premier League win on the road.
What does it mean? Reds continue dominance of Spurs
That is 11 games without defeat for Liverpool against Tottenham in the Premier League and they are finally up and running on their travels this season.
Jurgen Klopp's side were by far the better team in the first half but it was a totally different story after the interval as Spurs roared into life, no doubt following some choice words from Antonio Conte.
Spurs stormed back from two goals down to beat Bournemouth in the Premier League last weekend, but they gave themselves too much to do on this occasion and slip below Newcastle United into fourth after the Magpies beat Southampton.
Salah's stunning form continues
That is now nine goals in eight games for Salah, who finished superbly twice in the first half and he probably ought to have had a treble.
He has 14 goals and five assists in 20 games this season and has only had more goal involvements after that many matches for the Reds in the 2021-22 campaign, when he racked up a staggering 28
Kulusevski return a positive for Spurs
The return from injury of Kulusevski was a huge positive for Spurs and the Sweden winger wasted no time in making an impact.
He set up Kane's goal just a couple of minutes after coming on and whipped in some dangerous deliveries as Spurs pushed for an equaliser, without success.
Liverpool face Derby County in the EFL Cup on Wednesday, when Spurs take on struggling Nottingham Forest in the third round.