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Published: 18:00 | 22/10/17

Spurs put sloppy Liverpool to the sword

Harry Kane scored a brace and had an assist as Tottenham beat a sluggish Liverpool 4-1 at Wembley.

Tottenham ended their Liverpool hoodoo in style to beat the Anfield side for the first time since 2012 and give boss Mauricio Pochettino his first win against them.

And while Harry Kane will predictably once again grab the headlines, the strength Spurs possess throughout the side suggests that last season's runners-up could be leaders Manchester City's biggest threat to the title this term.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had been asked all week about Kane's scoring prowess and his worst fears were realised in the opening minutes when the England striker scored and had an assist as the visitors' defensive frailties were exposed.

Dejan Lovren got on the wrong side of Kane and was taken out of the play by a deft chip from Kieran Trippier and then Kane wriggled free from a weak challenge from Simon Mignolet to keep his balance and slot home.

Croatian Lovren was again culpable moments later when he committed himself on the halfway line and when the ball bounced over his head, Kane raced through unchallenged to calmly cross for the on-rushing Son to shoot past Mignolet.

Liverpool were being opened up at will and were again exposed down the right hand side with Trippier's cross finding Son who rattled an angled effort off the crossbar.

It took the Reds until midway through the half to test the Spurs rearguard and it paid immediate dividends. Kane went down too easily in midfield and Jordan Henderson picked out Mo Salah on the edge of the box and his scuffed drive sneaked in off the far post.

Klopp replaced the beleaguered Lovren with Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, and reshuffled his pack, but Liverpool fell further behind in first-half stoppage time. 

Joel Matip failed to get proper purchase on his headed clearance from a free-kick and Dele Alli volleyed into the net from the edge of the box.

The legendary Diego Maradona was paraded in front of a packed Wembley at half-time but it was Harry Kane that the Spurs faithful in a Premier League record crowd had come to see and he didn't disappoint netting his second after the break.

Mignolet failed to clear a Trippier free-kick and after Jan Vertonghen's goal-bound shot was blocked by Roberto Firmino, Kane was on hand to take his tally to 17 goals for club and country this season.

Philippe Coutinho offered some token resistance for the visitors and his left-footed effort was tipped on to the crossbar by Hugo Lloris, but it was too little too late for a Liverpool side who might have lost just twice in the league, but now trail Spurs and Manchester United by seven points, while leaders Manchester City are a massive 12 points ahead.

This defeat also sends them below Burnley into ninth in the table while their failure to plug leaks at the back has sent them into negative goals difference.

Image: Getty/Stu Forster

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