Liverpool moved to within a point off Tottenham and just three points off a Champions League spot thanks to a 3-2 win over Spurs. The Reds took the lead in the 15th minute thanks a left-footed strike from Lazar Markovic from just inside the box. But Harry Kane leveled the score barely 10 minutes later. In a see-saw game that was high on intensity and goalmouth action, Steven Gerrard once again gave the hosts the lead, but this time from the penalty spot.
But once again, Spurs came back and this it was Moussa Dembele who scored, although Harry Kane, who provided the pass, was off-side. In the end, it was second-half substitute Mario Balotelli who had the last laugh as the Italian striker scored his first goal for the club to give the Reds a crucial victory. Here are the major talking points from the game.
1. An entertaining, enthralling and engrossing encounter
The stakes are usually high in big games and the fear of failure always means that teams are more than happy to defend, play cautiously rather than go on the front foot. But this game was anything but cautious. Although Liverpool have a good defensive record in 2015 and Spurs have Hugo Lloris in goal, this was never going to be a dull game and so it was proven as both teams went at each other in a game that was played at a frenetic pace.
At times, you would have been forgiven for doubting if this was actually football. Such was the change of possession and the pace with which both teams attacked that, it resembled a basketball game with possession going back and forth. In the end, although the Reds came away with the win, the real win was for the audience watching, as they were treated to a game that was full of high-quality attacks, lightning quick breaks, pressing of the highest order and plenty of goals.