Arguably the most thrilling league game of Liverpool’s season ended with the Reds beating Tottenham Hotspur 3-2 at a rapturous Anfield.
Boss Brendan Rodgers saw his side play some good football at times, not least in the build-up to the goal which gave them the lead—a link-up between Philippe Coutinho and Jose Enrique led to Luis Suarez skilfully finishing past Hugo Lloris.
Two goals either side of half-time from Spurs defender Jan Vertonghen then put the visitors into what was surely a deserved lead, given both their pressure and the fact that the Reds were strangely lacklustre—it took two Tottenham errors for the hosts to eventually turn the contest around.
Kyle Walker’s calamitous backpass—just when Tottenham had threatened to run away with it—allowed Stewart Downing in to level what had become a compelling contest. Another error from Jermain Defoe led to Suarez being bundled over by a clumsy tackle from Benoit Assou-Ekotto. Steven Gerrard duly dispatched a penalty which took Liverpool up to sixth place in the table and damaged Spurs’ Champions League hopes.
Here are six lessons learned from an interesting afternoon at Anfield.