The Reds exploited Spurs’ defensive deficiencies and rediscovered their own scoring touch through goals from Roberto Firmino, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane, while Mohamed Salah also had an effort ruled out for a Firmino handball in the build-up.
Dan Kilpatrick was at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to run the rule over the Spurs players….
Denied Mane with a magnificent stop in the first half but at fault – along with Dier – for both Firmino’s opener, as they hesitated fatally, and Alexander-Arnold’s goal.
Learnt a harsh lesson after a poor error for Mane’s goal. Had denied the winger with a goal-saving tackle in the first half in a battling performance.
Seemed to leave Mane’s cross for Lloris, allowing Firmino the simplest tap-in. It was another example of a big error undermining his performance.
Played Mane onside in the build-up to the first goal but worked hard.
Hooked at half-time, perhaps harshly, but having offered relatively little. Nearly allowed Mane to open the scoring in the second minute.
Grew frustrated in the second half – and who could blame him? A few moments of brilliance again, including a run for Son’s disallowed goal, but faded.
Tried to drag Spurs back into the game with a wonderful goal and felt like their talisman without Kane on the pitch in the second half.
Endured a wretched evening, both out of position at left wing-back in the first half and back at right-back after the interval.
Gave the ball away repeatedly and sloppy in the build-up to Alexander-Arnold’s goal.
Created one big chance for Son in the first half and got an assist with a lay-off for Hojbjerg. Faded in the second half.
Forced off at half-time with what looked like an ankle injury. Spurs weren’t the same without him, particularly Son.
Unlucky to be ruled a fraction offside after opening the scoring early on. Thereafter his shooting boots deserted him and he suffered without Kane in the second half.
Harry Winks (Aurier 45’) 6
Brought on to provide a midfield platform. Kept it simple but could not drag Spurs back into the game.
Erik Lamela (Kane 45’) 6
One exquisite pass to Bergwijn and plenty of hard running but no cutting edge.
Gareth Bale (Bergwijn 81’) N/A
Given the final 10 minutes to make an impact but offered little.
Subs not used: Alderweireld, Sanchez, Hart, Sissoko, Lucas Moura, Vinicius