Liverpool scored an early and withstood a furious Tottenham Hotspur charge to pick up a 1-0 win in North London on Saturday.
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Roberto Firmino was the goal scorer as Liverpool improved to 20W-1D, becoming the first club in Europe’s Top Five leagues to take 61 of 63 points to start a season.
Tottenham is now nine points back of the Top Four.
14: Spurs out-attempted Liverpool 14-13.
68: Liverpool carried nearly 70 percent of the ball.
39: Spurs hoofed almost 40 clearances compared to Liverpool’s nine.
1: Japhet Tanganga made his first Premier League start for the Spurs.
Man of the Match: Firmino.
Premier League debutant Japhet Tanganga was baptized by fire, blocking a would-be Roberto Firmino goal in the second minute.
Dele Alli saw a lash deflected over the bar in the 13th minute as Spurs countered well again.
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The Reds went in front through Firmino, who turned past Tanganga and fired past the outstretched arms of Gazzaniga.
Virgil van Dijk slid to block a Dele Alli shot, and Serge Aurier ripped the chance into the arms of Alisson Becker. At the other end, Firmino stung Gazzaniga’s palms.
Heung-min Son saw deflected shot earn Spurs a corner in the 60th, but it came to nothing.
Gazzaniga then made a tight reaction save on Mane to keep it 1-0.
Spurs then took hold of the match, though they coudn’t find an equalizer. Serge Aurier picked out Giovani Lo Celso at the back for a sliding effort that somehow missed the frame.
Erik Lamela bounded a shot to Alisson in the 89th as Spurs kept pushing for an equalizer.Follow @NicholasMendola