Last weekend saw Liverpool take on Spurs at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. It was yet another big test for Jürgen’s Invincible Reds as they faced the pragmatic Jose Mourinho at an unfamiliar ground. Despite the task in front of them, the lads did what they do – they strangled the game, winning 1-0. One moment of footage from the game perfectly sums up playing against Liverpool – as the full time whistle goes you can see the Spurs players collapse.
The game was exemplary of the machine that Jürgen has built during his tenure. Liverpool suffocated the game from the off, not allowing Spurs any meaningful possession until the last 10 minutes – even then it appeared that The Reds were just getting bored.
The Anfield side went ahead after 37 minutes, even the goal was Liverpool down to a tee. The Reds competed for a couple of loose balls, coming out on top each time – eventually landing the ball in the penalty area at Mo Salah’s feet, the Egyptian’s awareness found Roberto Firmino, who in turn found the far side of the goal.
Liverpool continued to hound their opposition for the rest of the game, barely giving them an inch – making them fight tooth and nail for every inch they were afforded.
The toll this took on the opposition can be seen in the Inside Tottenham footage on the Liverpool YouTube channel, as the full time whistle goes you can see Spurs players collapse with exhaustion. Dele Alli falls to the floor, Son Heung-Min and Japhet Tanganga double over. In contrast, the Reds look fresh – they’re cheering and celebrating.
The polarised reactions to the full time whistle show the difference in fitness levels between the two teams but also the way the Reds approach games. We make the opposition chase the ball for nearly 90 minutes, when they do get it we put them under pressure straight away. Playing against Liverpool is physically and mentally exhausting, long may it continue.