With a thrilling 4-3 victory over Tottenham on Sunday, Liverpool preserved their slim chances of finishing in the top four of the Premier League. Diogo Jota’s injury-time goal ended Tottenham’s attempt to rally from three goals behind.
Just a few seconds after Richarlison had headed Tottenham even in sudden death at Anfield, Jota blasted his dramatic winner.
In the first five minutes at Anfield, Curtis Jones gave Liverpool the lead before Luis Diaz, starting for the first time since October following a season marred by injuries, added a second.
Prior to Harry Kane’s 208th Premier League goal cutting the lead, Mohamed Salah’s penalty extended Liverpool’s commanding start.
The Tottenham striker is tied with Wayne Rooney for second-highest all-time scoring in the Premier League, just behind Alan Shearer.
After Kane’s goal, Son Heung-min and Richarlison scored late goals in a stunning finish that culminated with Jota’s winning goal.
Jurgen Klopp injured himself during a wild celebration, received a warning, and now limps. Tottenham interim manager Ryan Mason was incensed by the German’s outburst in front of the opposing bench.
Liverpool was trying to salvage a dismal season by earning a spot in the Champions League for the following year when Klopp’s rage play took place.
The Reds are now sitting in fourth place, seven points behind Manchester United, who have a game in hand. They still have a long way to go to get the top four.
“We got away with it thank to Jota. It makes it spectacular and everybody goes home buzzing, but I am the manager so I have to mention everything else as well,” Klopp said before criticising referee Paul Tierney.
“We have our history with Tierney. My celebration was unnecessary. But what he said to me when he gave me the yellow card is not ok.” Liverpool is unbeaten in their previous six games.