London - Harry
Kane scored twice for Tottenham Hotspur in a 4-1 victory over an abject
Liverpool team on Sunday that left the Merseyside club's Premier League
title hopes in tatters.
Kane struck early in each half,
book-ending goals from Son Heung-Min and Dele Alli, with Mohamed Salah
netting in reply in front of a record Premier League crowd of 80,827 at
Wembley that included the great Diego Maradona.
Spurs move level
on points with second-place Manchester United, five points below leaders
Manchester City, while Liverpool's sorry defensive display left them a
yawning 12 points off the pace in ninth place.
It was a second
galling defeat against a supposed title rival for Liverpool, following
their 5-0 capitulation at City in early September, and they have now won
just one of their last six league games.
They were unrecognisable
from the team that had crushed Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League on
Tuesday, their travails summed up by a catastrophic defensive display
from Dejan Lovren, who was taken off in the 31st minute.
defeat - their first in 10 league games against Spurs - also saw them
become only the sixth team to have conceded over 1 000 goals since the
Premier League was launched in 1992.
With Liverpool out of the
League Cup and their hopes of reaching the Champions League last 16 in
the balance, it leaves manager Jurgen Klopp facing some uncomfortable
questions two years into his Anfield tenure.
His opposite number,
Mauricio Pochettino, redeployed the 3-5-2 system he had used in the 1-1
draw at Real Madrid in mid-week, but with illness restricting Eric Dier
and Ben Davies to the bench, Serge Aurier started at left wing-back.
Kieran Trippier came into the team on the other flank and within four minutes he had an assist to his name.
former Burnley man's lofted pass was misjudged by Lovren and with Joel
Matip slow to react, Kane stole in, hooked the ball inside the advancing
Simon Mignolet and rolled it into the net.
continued eight minutes later as he woefully mistimed an attempt to head
away a long throw from Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris, allowing Kane to
canter into the space behind him.
England striker found Son with a brilliant cross from the right and the
Spurs number seven used the inside of his left foot to plant a
first-time shot past the exposed Mignolet.
It was almost 3-0
moments later as Son chested down Christian Eriksen's through ball and
slammed a shot against the Liverpool bar.
Liverpool reduced the
arrears against the run of play in the 24th minute when Jordan
Henderson's pass from deep released Salah to trundle a right-foot shot
past Lloris and in off the left-hand post.
But Spurs continued to
find space behind Lovren - Son's toe-poke blocked by Mignolet after he
was cleverly freed by Alli - and in the 31st minute Klopp brought the
Croatian's torment to an end.
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain came on and
the ensuing reshuffle meant Emre Can dropped to right-back, where he was
quickly found wanting.
His untidy foul from behind on Alli gave
Spurs a free-kick in first-half stoppage time and when Eriksen's
delivery was headed away by Matip, Alli thumped a volley into the
It was game over 11 minutes into the second period after yet more scenes of calamity in the Liverpool penalty area.
flapped at Trippier's free-kick and although Roberto Firmino got back
to block Jan Vertonghen's goal-bound shot, Kane reacted swiftly to crash
the rebound home.
With eight goals, the 24-year-old is now the outright top scorer in the division.
second goal eluded Liverpool, Lloris acrobatically tipping a Philippe
Coutinho curler onto the post and saving with his feet from both James
Milner and Salah.
Kane went off holding the back of his left leg late on, but Pochettino said he was merely "tired".