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Harry Kane's penalty - converted with virtually the last kick of an enthralling encounter - gave Tottenham a vital point at Anfield after Mohamed Salah's brilliant stoppage-time strike looked to have given Liverpool victory.

Kane missed one penalty and scored another at Anfield
Harry Kane's penalty - converted with virtually the last kick of an enthralling encounter - gave Tottenham a vital point at Anfield after Mohamed Salah's brilliant stoppage-time strike looked to have given Liverpool victory.

Liverpool had only seconds to survive when referee Jon Moss pointed to the spot after Virgil van Dijk collided with Erik Lamela - allowing Kane, who had missed an earlier penalty, to score his 100th Premier League goal and leave the home fans enraged.

Salah's third-minute goal, scored after he intercepted Eric Dier's poor back pass, gave Liverpool a lead they held until 10 minutes from time when Spurs substitute Victor Wanyama lashed keeper Loris Karius' punched clearance back into the top corner from 25 yards.

In a dramatic finale, Karius saved Kane's penalty after he brought down the striker, paving the way for Salah to weave his way into the area before lifting a finish over Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris at the start of five minutes of stoppage time.

And after Moss awarded Kane a second opportunity from the spot, the England international placed his penalty into the bottom-right corner.

It was a fitting end to a thriller and a result which will bring more satisfaction to Spurs as defeat would have left them five points adrift of Liverpool in the race for a place in next season's Champions League.

Liverpool remain third in the Premier League table, two points ahead of Tottenham in fifth.

Frustration for Liverpool and Klopp

When manager Jurgen Klopp set off on a sprint of triumph along the touchline in front of Anfield's giant Main Stand as Salah put Liverpool back in front in injury time, he thought he was celebrating a win that was opening up a crucial five-point gap between his side and Spurs.

Instead, minutes later, he was left to reflect on the concession of a late equaliser that left Anfield enveloped in frustration.

Liverpool's much-maligned defence had held firm for so long, but Klopp's switch to three at the back, when he sent on Joel Matip for James Milner in the final quarter of an hour, did not have the desired effect.

Spurs played on Liverpool's nerves, although Karius, who remains an inconsistent presence, could hardly have expected his punch - when perhaps he should have caught - to be returned into the top corner of his net with such spectacular interest by Wanyama.

Liverpool, and indeed Anfield, were suddenly on edge but relieved when Karius saved Kane's lame penalty.

Then came that dramatic exchange of goals in a chaotic finale and the points were shared.

Liverpool offer so much that is good when it is measured in goals and excitement, but that nasty habit of carelessness and conceding crucial goals has still not been cured.

Man of the match - Mohamed Salah (Liverpool)

Anfield's fury at late twist



Loris Karius made a number of saves, including from Harry Kane's first penalty in the 83rd minute

Liverpool's supporters were waiting to celebrate a vital victory after Salah's twisting, turning run into the area in stoppage time ended with a clever finish over the onrushing Lloris.

It came just after Kane had missed the chance to give Spurs the lead from the spot when his uncharacteristically poor penalty was saved by Karius.

And yet the cheers stuck in the throats as referee Jon Moss - who entered lengthy consultation with his assistant before finally awarding the first Spurs penalty - waited as Van Dijk tangled with substitute Lamela, looking towards his colleague once more before pointing to the spot.

The Kop exploded in fury but Kane stayed calm and made no mistake the second time, beating Karius comfortably.

Klopp was desolate as he was locked in conversation with fourth official Martin Atkinson.

There was barely time to restart the game and Anfield instantly vented its anger on Moss after awarded Spurs two penalties in front of the Kop.

Once the drama had subsided, this was a fair result between two teams who mix high quality, intensity and attacking intent with moments of vulnerability - leaving the top four chase as tight as ever.

Kane and Salah's records - the best of the stats

  • Kane has scored 100 goals in the Premier League in 141 appearances - only Alan Shearer (124) reached that mark in the competition in fewer games
  • Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 15 league games at Anfield (W8 D7), the second longest current run in the competition, after Manchester City (25 games)
  • Tottenham have won only two of their 26 games at Anfield in the Premier League (8%)
  • Spurs are winless in their past 11 away games against 'top six' opponents in the league (D5 L6), and have won only one of their 19 such games under the Argentine (D7 L11)
  • Salah has netted 21 goals in 25 games in the league, the fewest appearances of any Liverpool player to reach 20 goals in the competition
  • Salah has also been directly involved in 27 goals in the league this term, the joint most of any player in their first 25 appearances for a club in the competition
  • The Egyptian is only the second Liverpool player to score 20 or more goals for the club in his debut Premier League campaign, after Fernando Torres in 2007-08 (24)
  • Salah's opener after two minutes 16 seconds was Liverpool's quickest goal in the Premier League since April 2016, when Daniel Sturridge scored inside two minutes against Newcastle United (1min 7secs)

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