Player Ratings: Liverpool vs Tottenham (Firmino fires the Reds to top of the table)

The Premier League league table finally looks right — Liverpool opened up a three-point lead, beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-1 thanks to an incredible 90th-minute winner by Roberto Firmino. The unbeaten run at Anfield stretches to a whopping 66 games and with fans now returning, it is truly becoming an impenetrable fortress.


It was a pulsating game, with the Reds dominating large parts of the proceedings but looking susceptible at times to the counter-attacks led by Son Heung-Min and Harry Kane.


Jose Mourinho looked like he had almost set up the perfect gameplan yet again with Steven Bergwijn coming close, but was eventually outwitted by his counterpart Jurgen Klopp. The pair shared a tense exchange at the final whistle, with the Portuguese adamant that the better team had lost.


Jose mourinho on the touchline
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We are not too sure what match was Mourinho watching, but Liverpool — ravaged by injuries — sent a statement to the rest of the league that they meant business and reclaimed top spot, a position they were virtually occupying for the whole of last season.



Alisson Becker: 7/10


Not at fault for the goal, with Son finishing expertly after being put clean through on goal. The Brazilian had little to do other than one nervy moment after giving the ball away to Kane; Bergwijn was guilty of missing two golden opportunities, but we do think that the huge frame of Alisson in goal and excellent positioning played a part in putting the Dutch forward off.


Andy Robertson: 9/10


Bombed up and down in typical fashion, Robertson is showing no signs of slowing down this season. The left-back was a constant threat down the left and was unfortunate not to grab an assist, constantly whipping in dangerous crosses. What was more impressive is the Scotland captain's fitness and stamina levels, something even James Milner would be impressed with.


Rhys Williams: 8/10


Rhys Williams making his premier league debut
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The injury concerns for the Reds this season have been a proper nightmare for Klopp. But there are some positives to take from it, with the young guns stepping up excellently to the challenge. The likes of Rhys Williams and Curtis Jones are seizing their opportunities in impressive fashion — with the former turning in a solid Premier League debut against the likes of Son and Kane, no less.


The teenager had one shaky moment but looked assured and composed the entire game, winning his aerial duels and playing with a maturity way beyond his years.


Fabinho: 9/10


When is it time we consider centre-back a "natural" position for Fabinho? Another spotless performance for the Brazilian, who is looking increasingly comfortable with each passing game. It is not only his defensive prowess that was on show; the two lovely keepy-ups in the second-half that saw him juggle the ball out from the back reminded us of his technical ability too. Another excellent game.



Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7/10


It was a much-improved performance for Alexander-Arnold after a disappointing showing at Fulham, but it was still a little way off from the lofty standards he set last season. The England international was defensively sound, but failed to contribute as much as he would like going forward. That said, he looks set to return to his very best.


Jordan Henderson: 8/10


Jordan henderson getting ahead of Son heung-min
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The midfield trio was superb today; dominating the middle of the pitch over the combative Moussa Sissoko and Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. The skipper playing a huge role in that, covering every blade of the field patrolling the midfield and can be seen barking orders throughout.


Georginio Wijnaldum: 8/10


The engine of the team; the Dutchman is proving to be one of the most important players this season. Wijnaldum was vital on both ends of the pitch — contributing magnificently in attack and defence — with his physicality and directness. Yet another excellent performance for the Dutch machine.



Curtis Jones: 8/10


Jones and Moura fighting for a ball
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Another superb showing by the 19-year-old, who was probably the only one who could have held his head up high from the performance against Fulham. The teenager slotted seamlessly in the midfield, occupying the most advanced position of the trio. Displayed neat touches and inventiveness that belied his tender years, playing a huge part for Mo Salah's opening goal.


Sadio Mane: 7/10


Played his part in the victory and was involved in an intriguing duel against Serge Aurier, Mane was involved in many good things down the left side. He combined well with Robertson, with most of the team's attack stemming from the left flank. Desperately needs a goal, though, as his finishing just seems to demonstrate a lack of confidence.


Roberto Firmino: 9/10


Roberto firmino celebrating a goal against tottenham
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It was perhaps a solid 8/10 performance for Si Senor, but his celebration quite possibly warranted an additional point. The Brazilian arrowed his header superbly into the top corner, and showed exactly what the goal meant to him and the team by racing to the ecstatic 2,000 fans that were in the stadium. It was a brilliant celebration; the perfect way to cap off an equally brilliant performance by the ever industrious Roberto Firmino.


Read also: Player Spotlight - The Story of Roberto Firmino


Mo Salah: 7/10


Scored the opening goal after a fortuitous deflection, the clinical Egpytian is now joint-top scorer in the league with 11 goals. Salah looked lively and dangerous in the first half, but was kept relatively quiet as the game went on. His goal-scoring ability remains his biggest asset, and this season looks set to be no different.