Tottenham 1, Liverpool 2: Reds stay perfect

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In what is already shaping up to be a critical section of Liverpool's season, the Reds beat Tottenham Hotspur in London 1-2 to restart the Premier League after the global break. Erik Lamela grabbed what turned out to be a consolation goal for Spurs in added time.

This mature display was a real statement of intent by Liverpool, who have made their best start since 1990-91 as they chase a first English title since 1989-90.

Lamela scored a consolation goal with a lovely volley after he found himself unmarked inside the box to give Liverpool a scare in the dying minutes of the game.

Mauricio Pochettino had accused Tottenham of treating their 2-1 loss at Watford like a "testimonial".

"I think we should be talking in a different way now - if it was given it's 2-2 - if we score the goal".

"The performance today was better than the result".

However, they were stunned by Watford in their last game before the worldwide break, a result Pochettino said he saw coming. "But the result is the most important thing and the result is ideal because winning here is so hard", Klopp said. "It was a really outstanding performance that the boys delivered today".

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"Now we have to prove that and do it again and again".

But Tottenham were careless from start to finish and they paid the price in the 39th minute.

Spurs won their opening three matches of the campaign but have now suffered back-to-back defeats against Watford and Liverpool.

"The reality is this type of game shows we need to improve if we want to be contenders at the end to win some titles", he said.

"I'm really happy and proud about the performance because the boys came back (from worldwide duty) only on Wednesday and Thursday", Klopp said.

Mane nearly doubled the lead in the 49th minute before Vorm turned his attempt away, and Lucas Moura almost equalised for Tottenham after his shot hit the left side of the net, but Liverpool increased their advantage in the 54th minute on Firmino's simple strike.

"There is no point going through this season saying, "come on, come on, we have to win something, we have to win something".

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