Harry Kane capitalised on another defensive horror show from Liverpool by scoring twice for Tottenham in a ruthless 4-1 victory.
Dejan Lovren was substituted after just 31 minutes at Wembley, but he was not the only one guilty of kamikaze defending, with Simon Mignolet and Joel Matip both major contributors to Spurs’ goal flurry.
Kane and Son Heung-min took full advantage with an early double before Mohamed Salah pulled one back for Liverpool. Dele Alli and Kane, however, struck either side of half-time to put the result beyond doubt.
“He’s coming for me, he’s coming for meeeeeee, @harrykane he’s coming for me! #260” – Premier League all-time leading goalscorer Alan Shearer (@alanshearer) thinks he may one day lose his record to compatriot Kane.
Any number of tottenham’s attacking stars were worthy of the man of the match tag this afternoon, but Alli edges it.
The 21-year-old was playing slightly out of position from the start, but still got plenty of the ball, tucked away the third goal with a well-taken volley and pulled off an audacious nutmeg on Emre Can in the closing stages.
Dele Alli’s game by numbers vs. Liverpool:
100% tackles won
3 fouls suffered
2 chances created
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) October 22, 2017
Tottenham have struggled for goals and points since their temporary shift to Wembley, but Kane’s early effort on four minutes set the tone against Liverpool.
The England forward finished well but was gifted the chance to open the scoring through downright poor defending.
That pattern would continue as the visitors played a hand in all of the goals they shipped on a bad day at the office.
Kane’s maiden Premier League strike at Wembley came after a run of 13 league goals all scored away from home.
Tottenham: Hugo Lloris 7 (out of 10), Kieran Trippier 7, Toby Alderweireld 7, Davinson Sanchez 7, Jan Vertonghen 7, Serge Aurier 6, Harry Winks 7, Christian Eriksen 8, Dele Alli 8, Son Heung-min 8, Harry Kane 8. Subs: Moussa Sissoko (for Son, 69) 6, Eric Dier (for Eriksen, 80) 5, Fernando Llorente (for Kane, 87), 5.
Liverpool: Simon Mignolet 5, Joe Gomes 6, Joel Matip 4, Dejan Lovren 3, Alberto Moreno 6, Jordan Henderson 6, James Milner 5, Emre Can 6, Mohamed Salah 7, Philippe Coutinho 6, Roberto Firmino 5. Subs: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (for Lovren, 31) 6, Daniel Sturridge (for Firmino, 76) 5.
Tottenham v West Ham (Carabao Cup, October 25)
Liverpool v Huddersfield (Premier League, October 28)
Harry Kane’s scoring record for Tottenham and England in 2017:
— Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) October 22, 2017
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