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Savage Michael Owen tells Spurs star Dier ‘hold your head in shame’

Jurgen Klopp reviews Liverpool's win v Spurs

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Liverpool hero Michael Owen told Tottenham ace Eric Dier to “hold your head in shame” after the defender gifted Mohamed Salah a goal on Sunday afternoon. The Reds secured only their fifth Premier League victory of the season against Spurs in a 2-1 win in north London as they climbed to eighth in the table.

Liverpool dominated the first half at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and took the lead after 11 minutes as Salah rifled home after being teed-up by Darwin Nunez. And the Egyptian then took advantage of a Dier mistake five minutes before the interval as he dinked the ball over home keeper Hugo Lloris to extend his side’s lead.

Dier had attempted to deal with a long clearance from Reds shot-stopper Alisson midway inside his own half. But instead of heading the ball upfield, the England international tried to head the ball back to Lloris. The ball ended up hitting Dier’s shoulder, before finding its way to Salah, who kept his composure to notch his second.

And Owen’s cutting remark summed up the mood among the home fans in the stadium as he said: “Eric Dier, hold your head in shame, unfortunately.”

Liverpool were lucky they didn’t concede a penalty between the two goals as Spurs wing-back Ryan Sessegnon went to ground after being nudged in the back by Trent Alexander-Arnold. And Owen believes the Reds were got away with one.

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“There’s no question there’s a little shove,” Owen said. “Whether it’s enough to give a penalty…you’re right on the threshold in my opinion. As it is, it’s sort of 50-50 and Liverpool sort of get away with it.”

Tottenham improved after the interval and went close when Ivan Perisic saw a close-range effort canon back off the crossbar. The hosts did eventually reduce their deficit 20 minutes from the end as Harry Kane lashed the ball into the bottom corner after being teed-up by Dejan Kulusevski. But the hosts had left themselves too much to do and were unable to claim a late point.

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Salah’s brace means he has now scored 14 goals in all competitions this season, despite struggling to reach his usual high standards during the early part of the campaign. And after the encounter in the capital, Reds boss Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to his talisman.

“Even in this slow start, Mo was involved in the most chances in Europe but we didn’t take them or he didn’t take them and it can happen for a striker – it is a completely normal phase,” Klopp explained. “But everyone knows when you look back at his career, everybody will remember one of the best strikers you ever saw because the numbers will be absolutely insane. Tonight what pleased me the most is he scored the two goals and then he played like a real, real team player.”

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