Published: Tue, September 18, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

How Jurgen Klopp’s tactics helped Liverpool suffocate Tottenham into submission

How Jurgen Klopp’s tactics helped Liverpool suffocate Tottenham into submission

Chelsea, though, have also recorded a flawless start after Eden Hazard scored a hat-trick in the 4-1 win over Cardiff City, allowing them to edge past Liverpool on goal difference at the top of the Premier League.

"They will be a really strong side and no I don't think it's the flawless time to play Tottenham".

"I'm really happy with the performance, less so with the result".

"Yet on a day when Tottenham's centre-backs of Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld couldn't cope with the movement of Liverpool's forwards, they were let off the hook by wasteful finishing and poor decision making by Salah, Mane and Firmino".

Liverpool finished 25 points behind City last season as Pep Guardiola's side became the first to ever break the 100-point barrier in the Premier League.

This Liverpool side, however, looks built to last this season and that meeting with Manchester City on 7 October is already ringed in red on the calendar.

Although he did not play poorly at Wembley, he was selfish at times, desperate to get his name on the scoresheet when others around him were in better positions for a pass. "We were that good it was hard for Tottenham".

That was the cue for Hazard to take charge, scoring on 37, 44 and 80 minutes, the last goal coming from the penalty spot. Equalling the record for the most amount of goals in a 38 game campaign Salah romped to the PFA Player of the Year award and announced himself as one of the world's very best. "We deserved to win". We lost [Philippe] Coutinho [to Barcelona], but signed three or four top players. David Silva and Raheem Sterling also netted.

United hit Watford with a one-two halfway through the first half with goals from Romelu Lukaku and Chris Smalling, whose left-foot volley would have done any forward proud. "How do you think Leicester City won the Premier League?"

Spurs were looking to bounce back from losing at Watford prior to the global break, however, his side never really got going against a slick, well oiled Liverpool machine that have won all five of their Premier League matches to date. Unfortunately, we didn't finish the game off so that means Tottenham has the quality to strike back - which is what they did after a corner.

Harry Kane is expected to score a hat-trick every game, Tottenham team-mate Christian Eriksen said in defence of the under-fire England captain. "It's about winning games".

And Wilfried Zaha underlined his importance to Crystal Palace with the only goal in his return from injury in a 1-0 win at Huddersfield. "I had a feeling it was in straight away but then the referee gave it".

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