Liverpool 4-3 Tottenham: Player ratings as Last-gasp Jota strike denies Spurs after dramatic Anfield fightback


Diogo Jota struck a stoppage-time winner as Liverpool clinched a dramatic 4-3 win over Tottenham, who had fought back from three goals down in a remarkable contest at Anfield.

A week on from their 6-1 defeat to Newcastle United, Spurs looked set for more of the same when Curtis Jones, Luis Diaz and Mohamed Salah scored within the first 15 minutes.

Unlike on Tyneside, Spurs showed plenty of fight as Harry Kane and Son Heung-min teed up a grandstand finish, before Richarlison’s first league goal for the club levelled things up at 3-3 in stoppage time.

However, as Tottenham prepared to celebrate clinching the unlikeliest of draws, Jota latched onto Lucas Moura’s error to fire home, sending Anfield into raptures and moving the Reds above their visitors in the Premier League table.

Liverpool player ratings (4-3-3)

GK: Alisson – 7/10 – Made some crucial saves in the game despite conceding three.

RB: Trent Alexander-Arnold – 6/10 – A sixth assist of the month for the newly inverted full-back.

CB: Ibrahima Konate – 3/10 – Very pedestrian in his defending, which Liverpool could have done without when Tottenham surged back into life.

CB: Virgil van Dijk – 2/10 – The image of Perisic skinning Van Dijk will live on as a meme forever.

LB: Andy Robertson – 5/10 – Occasionally played his way into trouble or lost the run of Kulusevski.

DM: Fabinho – 3/10 – So very sieve-like. Again.

CM: Harvey Elliott – 6/10 – Showed his technical excellence in midfield.

CM: Curtis Jones – 7/10 – Got the ball rolling with a fine opening goal.

RW: Mohamed Salah – 8/10 – At last scored a Premier League penalty this season. Spurs had real trouble winning the ball back off the Egyptian.

CF: Cody Gakpo – 8/10 – Enjoying his role as Liverpool’s new starting centre forward.

LW: Luis Diaz – 8/10 – Took his goal extremely well on his first start since his season-disrupting knee injury.


Jordan Henderson (63′ for Elliott) – 5/10

Diogo Jota (63′ for Diaz) – 9/10 – Survived a red card, scored the winner. No player had a greater impact.

Darwin Nunez (73′ for Gakpo) – 5/10

James Milner (86′ for Jones) – N/A


Jurgen Klopp – 5/10 – Had no real response for Spurs’ fightback despite Liverpool’s early dominance.

Tottenham player ratings (3-4-3)

GK: Fraser Forster – 5/10 – Claimed a few crosses as Spurs tried to stay in the game.

CB: Cristian Romero – 3/10 – Woeful in the opening 15 minutes but then woke up and played a role in trying to start a comeback.

CB: Eric Dier – 1/10 – Another utterly dreadful display from Dier.

CB: Ben Davies – 5/10 – Put in a respectable defensive performance.

RM: Pedro Porro – 5/10 – Switched off for the opener but helped drive Spurs attacks.

CM: Oliver Skipp – 5/10 – In the wars at both ends. Lucky not to have been punished at all for a hack on Diaz.

CM: Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 4/10 – Didn’t provide enough at either end.

LM: Ivan Perisic – 6/10 – Showed his composure when others in the team didn’t.

RF: Dejan Kulusevski – 5/10 – Carved out some decent openings but should have scored Spurs’ second just before the break.

LF: Son Heung-min – 8/10 – Got his reward for his endeavours with a goal late on – his third at Anfield in the last three seasons.

CF: Harry Kane – 8/10 – At the heart of the comeback efforts, dictating play and scoring Tottenham’s first goal.


Pape Sarr (66′ for Kulusevski) – 5/10

Richarlison (84′ for Skipp) – N/A

Lucas Moura (90′ for Porro) – -1/10 – I’m inventing a whole new rating for this performance.

Arnaut Danjuma (90′ for Perisic) – N/A


Ryan Mason – 5/10 – His limited time to work on tactical shape showed, but so did his ability to breathe fresh life into the team.

Player of the match – Diogo Jota (Liverpool)

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