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Welcome to Nigerianeye's live text coverage of the Premier League meeting between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.


The Reds are still seeking their first top-flight win of 2017, having drawn three and lost two of their fixtures thus far, as well as exiting both domestic cup competitions.

Spurs head to Merseyside occupying second place in the division, meanwhile, thanks to a run that has seen them drop points in just two of their last nine outings and lose only two times all season.

Follow all of the action as it unfolds in this latest top-six tussle with our extensive updates below.


OFFICIAL LINE-UPS

LIVERPOOL: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lucas, Milner; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Lallana; Mane, Coutinho, Firmino

TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR: Lloris; Walker, Alderweireld, Dier, Davies; Dembele, Wanyama; Dele, Eriksen, Son; Kane









Liverpool comfortably see things through to secure a 2-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur. Just a second win in 11 attempt this calendar year, and a first in the Premier League, helps the Reds back into fourth place in the table and now just one point behind their second-placed opponents. Sadio Mane proved to be the hero on the night, scoring two goals in quick succession early on to earn the points. Thanks for joining our live coverage of the match!



90+4 min FULL TIME: LIVERPOOL 2-0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

90+2 min The final minutes of the contest going the same way as the previous 45, as both teams struggle to put together any sort of attacking move. Liverpool could have had three or four in the first half, but as it turns out two will be more than enough.

90 min LIVERPOOL SUB! Alexander Trent-Arnold is on for star man Mane, whose two goals inside the opening 20 minutes are going to prove the difference. A deserved win for Liverpool - just a second in 11 outings in 2017.

88 min Just the one shot on target in this second half - Matip's header easily dealt with by Lloris midway through - and just the four shots in all. Two minutes of normal time to come, plus around four minutes or so added on at the end of the match.

86 min Think every neutral watching this game will take half time right about now. Mane looks to lob Lloris after he was left in no man's land, but the attempt did not have the distance required. Liverpool can now celebrate just a second win in 11 matches.

84 min YELLOW CARD! Nice bit of trickery by Firmino, who is halted in his tracks by Toby Alderweireld for the game's eighth caution. That is actually the Belgium international's first yellow of the season, two thirds of the way through.

82 min SUBS! Lucas has seemingly tweaked his hamstring, so his evening is at an end. Klavan, who was not fully fit to take part from the off today, is on in place of the Brazilian. Janssen replaces Son in Spurs' final change.

80 min Into the final 10 minutes at Anfield, where Liverpool hold a 2-0 lead over Tottenham Hotspur. Despite being two down since 18 minutes in, Tottenham have registered just one real attempt on target; Son being kept out by Mignolet in the first half.

78 min YELLOW CARD! A seventh yellow card of the match is shown to Eric Dier. Majority of those have come in this second half, which has been incredibly scrappy. The first half was lively, but what we have seen since has been very underwhelming.

76 min SUBS! A change apiece with a little under 15 minutes to go, as Sissoko is on for Dembele in a like-for-like change, while Can replaces Coutinho in a reserved change by Klopp. Lallana and Firmino still not on the field so the Reds down to nine.

74 min Lallana in some real pain after being caught with a raking tackle down the shin by Wanyama. Firmino also down receiving some treatment, so Klopp just holding off making his first change for a minute or two while the damage is assessed.

72 min Such an incredibly sloppy half of football at Anfield, but Coutinho almost lights things up with a nice drive forward and a shot that ends narrowly wide of the post. Lloris looked to have it covered, though in the end he was not required.

70 min SAVE! First real chance of this second half, as Matip gets his head - or perhaps shoulder - to a cross. The attempt is on target but Lloris was down to collect. Still no sign of a Spurs comeback, with 20 minutes now left.

68 minTOTTENHAM HOTSPUR SUB! Kane goes into the book for a late challenge on Clyne. Pochettino uses the break in play as a chance to make his first change of the evening, bringing on Harry Winks for Eriksen.

66 min A hugely frustrating night for those travelling Spurs fans so far, with their side offering so very little. Alli catches Clyne on the boot in the latest rash challenge, following on from Henderson's cynical foul on the Englishman a little earlier.

64 min Mignolet catches a corner and goes for a 50-yard throw to unleash a tiring Mane. A defender got across to cut it out, though, and still we await that first chance of the half. Liverpool back up to fifth place in the table as things stand.

62 min We are now 17 minutes into this second half and we are still awaiting Tottenham's response. The Lilywhites looking more stable at the back compared to the first half, but Pochettino needs his side to score a goal, which does not look like happening anytime soon.

60 min A quiet second half at Anfield, as the offside flag again frustrates the hosts. Pochettino still yet to make a change, with no proven quality attackers among his subs. Klopp, meanwhile, has Sturridge - and Origi - among his back-ups.

58 min It is the home side who are still pretty much on top in this second half, despite being two goals to the good. A real disappointing showing from Spurs, who have tested Mignolet just once this evening - Son being kept out down low.

56 min A fairly frantic opening 10 minutes to this second half, with a number of challenges flying in. Still awaiting a first serious attempt, which will suit Liverpool nicely as the minutes are fast ticking by at Anfield.

54 min YELLOW CARD! Make that three Liverpool cautions in the space of five minutes, as Matip lunges in to join Lallana and Henderson in the referee's book. Kane hits the post from the free kick, but the offside flag was quickly up.

52 min Tottenham look more energetic in this second half, which was always to be expected with Liverpool happier to sit back. Appears as though Lallana was booked for dissent following that Henderson foul on Alli a few moments ago, so two cautions in this half.

50 min YELLOW CARD! Jordan Henderson is shown a yellow card for bringing down Alli on the counter. Five minutes into this second half and no real sign that Spurs are going to grow into the contest at any point.

48 min The Reds have picked up from where they left off in that first half, winning an eighth corner of the game that Coutinho swings into a dangerous area. Spurs have already recovered from two down at Man City this season, remember, so not quite over yet.

46 min RESTART! We are back under way at Anfield, where both sides remain unchanged from the first half. Pochettino, not helped by a lack of attacking back-up options, no doubt had a few words to say to his players at the interval.


Referee Anthony Taylor brings an end to the opening 45 minutes, with Liverpool taking a deserved 2-0 lead into the break. Tottenham Hotspur have produced their worst first-half showing of the season so far - worse than we saw at the Etihad Stadium not so long ago - and now have it all to do if they are to leave Merseyside with a point.



45+1 min HALF TIME: LIVERPOOL 2-0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR

45 min Coutinho's tricky footwork creates some panic in the Tottenham box, but the visitors just about stand their ground. One minute of added time to play at the end of this entertaining - albeit one-sided - first half at Anfield.

43 min Just about Tottenham's best spell of the match so far in terms of possession, but now that they are on the ball they have the task of breaking down the Reds' defence. Expect the hosts to sit back a little more in the second half.

41 min CHANCE! Liverpool's sixth corner of the half ends with a decent chance at the end of it, as Lucas heads over the bar relatively unmarked from just six yards out. Only one goal since 2010 for him, coming against Plymouth a month ago.

39 min Half-time fast approaching at Anfield, where Liverpool are still sitting on a comfortable two-goal lead. The chances are not as frequent are they were in the opening 30 minutes or so, but the Reds are still well on tip.

37 min Half a chance for Son, but he fails to catch the ball properly and it rather comes off his studs and into the path of Mignolet. Davies having a few words with Son, as he is failing to over any sort of defensive support at the moment.

35 min Milner catches Son about 27 yards from goal, giving Eriksen a chance to highlight his quality from range. Not the worst attempt, but the ball was always rising over the bar. Better from Spurs over the past two minutes or so.

33 min SAVE! This is pretty incredible stuff from Spurs - a side so defensively strong this season. This time it is Coutinho who is allowed to race through with just one man to beat, but his shot is well handled by Lloris.

31 min Those two Liverpool goals were separated by just 138 seconds. It also means that Tottenham conceded as many goals in the opening 20 minutes of this match than in that timeframe in their previous 24 games this term

29 min YELLOW CARD! The first caution of the evening is shown to Son Heung-min, whose challenge to stop Liverpool's counter did not work as intended. Davies is caught out again but Mane fails to make him pay this time.

27 min SAVE! Tottenham finally wake themselves up and perhaps should have found a route back into this lively game. Davies picks out Son, who is denied down low by Mignolet when he perhaps could have squared to Kane. From the corner Alli sees his goalbound header helped wide by Lucas.

25 min SAVE! Mane is a man on a mission! His belter of a shot is heading for the top corner, if not for a strong hand from Lloris to push it aside. Two goals, one big chance missed and now a shot kept out in superb style - not bad for 25 minutes' work!

23 min CLOSE! So nearly a third goal for the hosts, as Mane is slipped through for the third time today but this time picks out the side-netting. Three-quarters of Anfield thought it was a goal, but a deflection took it narrowly wide.

21 min They may not deserve to be two down, but it is fair to say that Spurs have yet to get out of first gear this evening. That second goal in particular was a shocker to concede, as Dier was caught in possession by Mane who certainly made him pay.

19 min The main Mane, indeed! Dier is caught in possession and Mane is allowed to burst through on goal again, only to this time lay it off to Lallana to strike. Lloris kept out the shot, as well as Firmino's follow-up attempt, but Mane was on hand to blast home the second rebound.

18 min LIVERPOOL 2-0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (SADIO MANE)

16 min Tottenham have made a real poor start to this match, and they have now been made to play by Mane. Wijnaldum played a nice reverse pass for his teammate to latch on to, with the Senegalese doing the rest when one-on-one with Lloris to mark his first Anfield start of 2017 with a goal.

15 min GOAL! LIVERPOOL 1-0 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR (SADIO MANE)

13 min SHOT! Brightest moment of the match so far for either side, as the ball breaks to Coutinho inside the box. The Brazilian looked to pick out the bottom corner but Alderweireld did well to put his body on the line and block the shot.

11 min The Lilywhites come out of their cage, with Eriksen getting under the ball and sending it over the bar with a rather audacious attempt. Better from Spurs, though, because they have yet to truly settle up to this point.

9 min It has been near enough all Liverpool since that early Spurs corner, but for all the gaps they are finding in the final third they are not doing a great deal with the ball. Milner's weak shot from 25 yards is blocked aside.

7 min Home fans out of their seats when Mane charges at a back-peddling Spurs defence. The Senegalese instead sprayed the ball out wide, though, killing momentum and seeing the attack end with Lallana losing possession in the box.

5 min Liverpool have wrestled back early control of the match, very nearly seeing Milner played through on goal down the left. You have to wonder whether Spurs will take a point from this match, but they will certainly not hold back at this stage.

3 min An early corner won by Tottenham, which ends in the welcoming hands of Mignolet. The hosts being urged on by a packed Anfield early on, but it is Spurs who were quickest of the the blocks with that early set piece being won.

1 min KICKOFF! The time for talking is over - we are up and running at Anfield in this latest battle between two top-four hopefuls. Liverpool are sporting their traditional red strip this evening, while Tottenham Hotspur are in their white tops and blue shorts.

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