Three things Klopp got right v Spurs including backing under-fire Liverpool star

Liverpool earned their first Premier League win in five games when they beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 on Thursday evening.

Reds boss Jurgen Klopp saw his side come away with a much-needed three points, while Jose Mourinho 's recent poor record against Liverpool in the league continued.

Son Heung-min thought he had given Spurs an early lead with an excellent finish after linking up with Harry Kane. However, the goal was disallowed after a VAR check, with Son found to be offside in the build-up.

Roberto Firmino eventually gave Liverpool the lead on the stroke of half-time with a close range finish, after latching onto a cross from Sadio Mane.

Trent Alexander-Arnold then made it 2-0 early in the second-half, after Mane had a shot parried by Hugo Lloris.

However, less than a minute later, Spurs got back into the contest when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg produced a 22-yard screamer to make it 2-1.

Mohamed Salah then looked to have netted Liverpool's third but a VAR review saw the goal disallowed for a handball by Firmino. But the decision did not make much difference in the end, with Mane adding the third in the 64th minute and Liverpool went on to win 3-1.

Here are three things Klopp got right in Liverpool's win over Tottenham.

Keeping faith in Firmino

Roberto Firmino has come in for criticism this season, with the Brazilian experiencing his worst goal return since joining Liverpool.

However, Klopp has been steadfast in his support for Firmino and he was repaid against Spurs, with the forward netting his first league goal since Liverpool's 7-0 demolition of Crystal Palace in December.

He caused Tottenham a number of problems throughout the game and his goal was a deserved reward.

Continuing to back Alexander-Arnold

Trent Alexander-Arnold has had a difficult season so far, with the right-back contracting coronavirus, losing his regular defensive partners and breaking the Premier record for losing possession in a game twice.

Former Liverpool players David James and Jason McAteer are among those who have suggested that Alexander-Arnold needs a rest but Klopp has continued to back the England international, starting him in Liverpool's last nine league games.

Against Spurs, Alexander-Arnold showed signs of getting back to his best, at least offensively, with his passing much more accurate and leading directly to Mane getting the third.

An improved performance was capped off with a goal and he was named man of the match.

Turning to experience

Klopp opted to continue with Jordan Henderson as a makeshift centre-back, rather than turning to one of the inexperienced pair of Rhys Williams and Nat Phillips.

He also picked an experienced midfield trio of Georginio Wijnaldum, James Milner and Thiago Alcantara, with teenager Curtis Jones left on the bench.

Milner created more chances in the first-half than all of his team-mates combined, Wijnaldum was busy in both attack and defence and Henderson was a steadying influence at the back, with their experience proving vital as Liverpool ended their poor run of form.

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