Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Gakpo And Diaz Get 8 | Liverpool Players Rated In Last-Gasp Win Vs Tottenham Hotspur

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Liverpool will entertain Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield earlier today as they looked to earn a win at home in the Premier League. The Reds made a good start to the game and got their noses ahead in the third minute when Curtis Jones scored with a good finish. Luis Diaz doubled Liverpool’s advantage just a couple of minutes later when he found the back of the net with a ruthless strike from close range. Mohamed Salah made it 3-0 to Liverpool from the penalty spot in the 15th minute. However, Harry Kane got a goal back for Spurs in the 39th minute as the Merseyside club went into the half-time interval 3-1 up on the scoreline.

Heung-min Son managed to get another goal back for Spurs in the 77th minute before Richarlison scored a dramatic injury-time equaliser for the visitors. However, there was even more late drama as Diogo Jota scored the winning goal for Liverpool in the dying embers of the contest. The contest ended with Jurgen Klopp‘s players earning a last-gasp 4-3 win in front of the Kop.

Let’s take a look at how each Liverpool player performed during the match against Spurs.

GK: Alisson Becker – 6.5/10

The Brazilian keeper made a few crucial saves at the back but conceded three poor goals today.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7/10

He played some excellent passes in the first half and managed to bag an assist for setting up Jones’ opening goal.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 6.5/10

The French defender did his fair share of defending but couldn’t stop the visitors from causing problems on the counter.

CB: Virgil Van Dijk – 6.5/10

Van Dijk was a dominant presence in the air but looked shaky at the back.

Liverpool’s Colombian midfielder Luis Diaz (L) celebrates with Liverpool’s English midfielder Curtis Jones (R) after scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England on April 30, 2023. (Photo by Paul ELLIS / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

LB: Andrew Robertson – 6/10

He was vulnerable defensively, especially in the second half and offered very little going forward.

CM: Harvey Elliott – 6.5/10

Elliott linked up play well with others around him in the opponent’s half but got replaced after the hour mark.

CM: Fabinho – 6/10

The Brazilian talent failed to protect his backline but made one good chance in the final third.

CM: Curtis Jones – 7/10

Jones kept the ball moving really well and scored the all-important opener in the third minute.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 7.5/10

The Egypt international was a constant menace in the final third and kept his composure to score from the penalty spot in the 15th minute.

ST: Cody Gakpo – 8/10

Gakpo’s link-up play was excellent today. He has got an assist to show for his efforts.

LW: Luis Diaz – 8/10

He made some dangerous runs with the ball and managed to score with a great finish in the fifth minute.


LW: Diogo Jota – 8/10

The Portugal international came off the bench and scored the winning goal in injury time with an excellent finish.

CM: Jordan Henderson – 6/10

He added some energy and experience to Liverpool’s midfield.

ST: Darwin Nunez – 6/10

Nunez led the press well up top.

CM: James Milner – N/A

He hardly had any time to make an impact.

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