Liverpool overcame Tottenham 2-1 at Wembley in what was their biggest test of the season so far. The Reds started the game really quickly and were able to force Tottenham’s midfielders and defenders into mistakes with their relentless pressing.
As people expected, Liverpool were a threat going forward for the entire 90 minutes. However, they were also really solid defensively restricting the attacking trio of Lucas Moura, Harry Kane and Christian Eriksen to very few opportunities. Liverpool’s center-half pairing of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez hardly put a foot wrong while dealing with the physicality of Kane and the pace of Moura.
Gomez in particular put in a really mature performance and didn’t seemed fazed at all by the occasion. The 21-year-old defender’s athleticism and intelligence was on full display throughout the ninety minutes.
There was one moment in the game where Moura looked like he was going to run clear after the ball broke his way. However, Gomez who looked second favourite to get to the ball, just ate up the yards and put in a crunching tackle to deny Moura the opportunity to run through on goal.
Gomez’s rapid sprint and tackle was an absolute thing of beauty and by the looks of it even his central defensive partner was mightily impressed. Van Dijk, who was running back trying to cover the space, broke out in applause when he saw that Gomez had made the interception.
Liverpool fans would have probably cheered for the tackle as much as they did for both of their goals. Watch the tackle below:
Joe Gomez boss again today, barely put a foot wrong. This cruncher on Lucas Moura the highlight. 👏🏻 pic.twitter.com/fArQ55frih
— Mick Moran (@m1cklfc) September 15, 2018