Liverpool were handed a gift in the Premier League title race when a mistake by Hugo Lloris gave them a dramatic 2-1 win over Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.
With City beating Fulham comfortably on Saturday, Jurgen Klopp’s side were in need of a positive result to keep the pressure on the champions, who play again at home to Cardiff City on Wednesday.
It seemed as though Lucas’ first league goal of 2019 would be enough to secure the visitors a valuable point in their top-four chase, and give City the boost they wanted, only for Lloris to throw away the result.
The only shot on target in the first half proved the difference at the interval, with Firmino running into the space between Spurs’ centre back trio to head in Andrew Robertson’s precise cross.
Spurs did threaten, though, even if Alisson’s goal was untroubled, with Lucas Moura and Dele Alli each coming close with efforts from the edge of the box.
Alisson had to parry a Harry Kane strike before Christian Eriksen’s follow-up was blocked by Robertson as Spurs stepped up the pressure after the break.
Salah then wasted a good chance on the break for Liverpool, and Spurs punished their hosts 70 minutes in, when Eriksen’s scuffed effort from Kieran Trippier’s cut-back was fired beyond Alisson by the arriving Lucas.
The visitors should have won it themselves inside the final five minutes, but Moussa Sissoko blasted over the crossbar after being sent clear by Son Heung-min’s smart lay-off.
And Liverpool made them pay as the game ticked towards injury time, when Salah headed Trent Alexander-Arnold’s looping cross goalwards and Lloris could only push the ball off Alderweireld and over the line.
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