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Kane proves able once again

TOP MAN: Harry Kane (left) celebrates with Tottenham Hotspur's Serge Aurier

IT WAS a spectacular result, combined with the manner in which Tottenham Hotspur thrashed Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley which will make the rest of the Premier League sit up and take note.

Having taken their time to settle into their temporary home with just the solitary Premier League win to date, Spurs turned on the Wembley firepower to leave the Reds struggling. Harry Kane netted in each half, with Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli goals seeing the Reds carved up at will.

Mohamed Salah halved the deficit to make it 2-1 after 24 minutes, and the Egypt striker had a half chance to restore parity with a header but a 2-2 scoreline would have flattered the visitors at that stage. One crumb of comfort for Liverpool was Salah. Only Robbie Fowler with six goals has scored more goals than Salah who has five in their first nine Premier League appearances for Liverpool.

What Liverpool have consistently failed to do this season is defend. Jurgen Klopp would later refer to the "presents" his players gave to Spurs. Dejan Lovren cannot have had a poorer game, Klopp chose to replace him after the half hour mark in favour of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Joel Matip and Simon Mignolet were also complicit in some comical defending which Spurs made them pay for.

"We had it felt like 60, 70% possession, but after 2-0, you saw the goals, what we did around the goals... easy to defend," revealed a shell-shocked Klopp "We have defended situations like this all season.

NOT CONCENTRATING

"We had our chances, scored one, and the game was on the table. Being down one goal at Tottenham, you can fix it. The third is down to completely not concentrating off the ball. Four mistakes from us.

"It is my responsibility. I don't coach the type of defending for the first throw-in. The second goal, we miss the ball and then Son is quicker. We put it on a plate. It's not about confidence. It's just about being 100% spot on. It was a really average day for us today."

At half time, the Wembley crowd were treated to sight of the legendary Argentinean Maradonna, who spoke to his former team mate Mauricio Pochettino, as well as Hugo Lloris and Kane before the game. Quite what he made of Kane and his afternoon would have made for interesting reading as the England captain scored his eighth Premier League goal of the season, his first at Wembley for Spurs. Pochettino was delighted with the win and Kane's form.

"The team is starting to build confidence at Wembley. It is important to make this feel like home, it is key for us. It seems like we are starting to show that here. It is the third season that we are trying to catch someone. Manchester City are doing very well, they have an amazing squad and one of the best managers in the world. We see what happens, we believe, we will try to catch them. We are focused every day."

DISASTER

The game was a disaster for Liverpool. After just four minutes, Mignolet came off his line, Kane clipped the ball past him and finished into the open net. Eight minutes later and from Lloris's throw out, Lovren missed his header and Kane was away. He picked out Son and the haring South Korean made no mistake from ten yards out. Spurs should have trebled their lead when Son crashed a fierce shot onto the bar.

Then Liverpool seemed to wake up. Kane lost the ball in midfield, and Jordan Henderson picked out Salah who raced away bisecting the paths of Serge Aurier and Jan Vertonghen and striking past Lloris off his upright.

Just before the break, Matip failed to clear Christian Eriksen's free kick, the ball fell to Alli to add a Spurs third. Spurs fourth came after the break. Mignolet fluffed from a free kick. Vertonghen saw his shot come back to Kane who steadied himself before firing in Spurs' fourth goal.

The Reds were all over the place. Philippe Coutinho and Robert Firmino were being overshadowed, although the former did test Lloris with a late effort. Klopp will need to get back to the defensive drawing board and fast. This performance perhaps signifies how much he wanted to sign Virgil van Dijk in the summer, but his side will need more than just a new defender. Collectively they were poor.

Spurs however are now level on points with Manchester United and they next travel to Old Trafford in the Premier League. If they play like they did here, Pochettino knows that his side will be capable of getting a result there. From then on, keep Kane fit and anything will be possible.

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