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Summary

  1. Balotelli with first league goal of season
  2. Kane scores his 23rd goal of season
  3. Reds now one point behind Spurs
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Live Reporting

By Marc Higginson

All times stated are UK

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Goodnight

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Well, that was another entertaining night. I thank you for your company, but must now bid you goodnight.

Let's do it again tomorrow. Night.

Manager reaction

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe, speaking to BBC Sport: "It was important for us tonight to win the game, Tottenham have been on a great run. It was great movement from Mario in the six-yard box. I hope it can be a springboard, he is training hard. The last couple of weeks he's been ill and had gashes on his feet so couldn't get his boots on.

Manager reaction

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe, speaking to BT Sport: "Brendan had to shoot off to catch a plane. Tottenham have been on a great run, it was two good teams but the way we came through was fantastic. Mario has been working hard in training and for the last couple of weeks he's been ill so it's great that he scored the winner. Steven Gerrard felt his hamstring and felt he had to come off. It was important to win tonight, it was a great win and we deserved it."

Manager reaction

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Mauricio Pochettino
AFP

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino: "We are disappointed with the result because I think one point would have been fair for both teams. It was a great game, we played well but this is football. The players are very disappointed, sad and tired but we have to accept football is like this. I am proud of the effort and we have to look forward. The only thing we need to improve, in the first half we gave Liverpool some chances and made some mistakes. We deserved more from this game."

How's stat?!

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Here's the key stats from tonight:

  • Harry Kane scored his 23rd goal of the season in all competitions. For teams in the top four English tiers, only Eoin Doyle (25) has more.
  • The top scorers in 2015 across the top five European leagues are Lionel Messi and Harry Kane (8 each).
  • Kane has scored and assisted in the same Premier League game for the second time, after doing so against Chelsea on New Year's Day.
  • Spurs have now conceded seven Premier League penalties this season; two more than any other side.
  • This fixture has now seen more goals than any other in the Premier League era (134).
  • Mario Balotelli scored his first Premier League goal of the season with his 48th shot. It was his first goal in the English top-flight since November 2012 (Man City v Wigan).
  • The Reds have lost just one of their last 21 Premier League home matches against Spurs (W14, D6, L1).

Many thanks to opta for these.

Full-time stats

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Did you like that nice graphic at half-time? Here's the full-time version:

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham
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Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

JavelBleach: Looks like it's coming together for Liverpool: strategy, form & even class. Maybe too late for this season but for the future.

Dave Fassam: Not just one inspired sub, Lallana to Balotelli, a goal made from the bench. #BrilliantBrendanRodgers

Abu Jawadh: I am more impressed and grateful to see Emre Can developing so well to Liverpool than seeing Ballo scoring the winning goal.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Tottenham's next home league game is against West Ham, then they visit Chelsea. It doesn't get easier for Poch's men either.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

As John Hartson points out, Liverpool have got some big games coming up. Between FA Cup and Europa League commitments, their next two Premier League games are away at Southampton and Manchester City. How tasty will that Saints game be?

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

John Hartson

BBC Radio 5 live

"It is a big win for Liverpool. They pressed better to try to get the win. It is a huge three points for Liverpool given they have two tough games coming up."

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Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Adam Smith: That performance from Spurs was 10 times better than last season's, definite improvement.

Ilyas Najib: Liverpool's new signings are finally settling into life at Anfield, an exciting second half of the season awaits!

Rian Hoskins: This is why the Premier League is so lucrative for it produces moments like that. The race for the top four takes another twist.

Player reaction

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Jordan Henderson
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Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson, speaking to BT Sport: "We've got momentum, we've been playing some great stuff. We showed great character tonight, stuck at it and got three points at the end. I'm sure Mario will be smiling in the dressing room. He worked hard when he came on and got a goal for the team. Hopefully we can kick on now."

Liverpool defender Emre Can, speaking to BT Sport: "It was a very important game for us and I think we deserved to win."

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

There were 30 attempts on goal in that match (16 for Liverpool, 14 for Spurs) with 12 of them on target (seven and five respectively).

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

And with that result, Liverpool move to within a point of Tottenham.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham
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Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

That's nine games unbeaten for Liverpool now. Brendan's got the boys playing well again. Tottenham will feel hard done by though. They continue to look a class act too.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

The Liverpool players salute their adoring public as Eric Dier gets some post-match treatment on the pitch to a facial injury.

FULL-TIME

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Mario's done it. Liverpool have won a classic at Anfield. Spurs's jinx strikes again.

YELLOW CARD

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Harry Kane is booked after getting into a bit of a dispute with Martin Skrtel.

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Ian: Emre Can has got to be given a run at filling steve g's boots next season. Seems to have that ability to glide past people without being noticeably fast.

Callum from Edinburgh: Why did Spurs take off eriksen - the master of the late goal? Doesn't make sense.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Mario Balotelli is listening to something because he is back in his own box defending as Tottenham punt a free-kick forward and out of play.

INJURY TIME

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Four minutes left in this absolute belter of a match.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Tottenham are giving away a lot of free-kicks now, and Liverpool are happy to eat up time.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Inspired from Brendan. Surely?

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield

"Inspired substitution or desperate punt? No-one inside Anfield (apart from the Spurs fans) cares as Liverpool have the lead for the third time through Mario Balotelli's first Premier League goal for the club. As we said earlier - law of averages dictated it would happen sometime."

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Tottenham are going long now. Which is fine, they need a goal. Just getting that in there so Mauricio doesn't produce any LvG-style dossiers. Spurs are getting frustrated now and Paulinho becomes the fifth player to be booked as he brings down Adam Lallana.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

John Hartson

BBC Radio 5 live

"Overall Liverpool have been really good. In terms of general play and the chances they have created, it has been a good performance from Liverpool."

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Ash: Do my eyes deceive me? Mario Balotelli has scored!

Joseph Reade: Well, seems the postman does deliver the post after all...

Dan Cooper: Somebody pinch me, did Balotelli just score? ABOUT TIME! #SuperMario

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Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

It worked for Mitchell Johnson, now it's working for Mario Balotelli.

A figure of fun, grows a tash, and an instant, overnight hero.

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

Tottenham make another change - Roberto Soldado on, Mousa Dembele off.

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham

John Hartson

BBC Radio 5 live

"Balotelli is in the right place at the right time - in the six-yard box where all great strikers should be. That is the point and allows him to get a little tap-in from Adam Lallana's cross."

GOAL

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham - Mario Balotelli

That's all he needed - a moustache and he's a new man. A goalscoring hero!

Mario Balotelli scores what might be the winner when he sidefoots home from six yards after being teed up by Adam Lallana's low cross. Never in doubt.

Mario Balotelli
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Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

Liverpool have got a prospect on their hands in Emre Can. He's moved into midfield now and is ghosting past players for fun as he drives the Reds forward.

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

Time for one last effort, boys. Who wants it?

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

He is human after all. Harry Kane drags the ball out of play after being played in down the right by Mousa Dembele. Another change for Spurs, with Nacer Chadli on for Christian Eriksen.

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Abhishek: Balo has had more hairstyles than goals this season.

lfcway: Time for Balotelli to pay something back to Rodgers? Surely....

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SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

A flurry of substitutions have taken the edge from this game for the time being. Now Liverpool bring on Adam Lallana for Lazar Markovic.

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

BBC Sport chief football writer Phil McNulty at Anfield

Daniel Sturridge
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"Good effort from Daniel Sturridge tonight on his first start since the end of August. Mario Balotelli is on - not exactly to unanimous approval - but perhaps the law of average will work in favour of Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers."

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

John Hartson

BBC Radio 5 live

"Tottenham have hung in there and kept going and pegged Liverpool back twice. That's great spirit Pochettino has got in this side."

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

There's a delay to the action while Kyle Walker receives treatment for a facial injury sustained in a tangle with Emre Can. On the sidelines, Mauricio Pochettino pulls his snood over his face and his substitutes sit giggling. Who's let one go?

SUBSTITUTION

Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham

Daniel Sturridge's impressive return to the starting line-up comes to an end. Mario Balotelli, sporting a new tash, is on in his place.