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Tottenham’s Champions League Hopes Fade in Anfield Defeat

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Tottenham’s dramatic decline continued as their hopes of reaching the Premier League’s top four faded further after a comprehensive defeat at Anfield. Aston Villa’s defeat at Brighton left the door open for Spurs to make a late push for next season’s Champions League. However, even a late comeback could not prevent a fourth successive loss as Liverpool rediscovered some of their old form after their own recent slump.

Salah and Elliott Shine as Liverpool Dominate

Mohamed Salah put his touchline bust-up with manager Jurgen Klopp at West Ham behind him to open the scoring with a far-post header from Cody Gakpo’s cross after 16 minutes. Andy Robertson added the second right on half-time when Spurs keeper Guglielmo Vicario could only push out the Egyptian’s shot.

Tottenham’s frustrations boiled over at halftime, with Vicario forced to separate teammates, Cristian Romero and Emerson Royal. Matters worsened after the break, as rampant Liverpool added two more goals: Gakpo heading in from Harvey Elliott’s delivery and Elliott himself scoring a stunning curler.

Too Little Too Late from Spurs

Liverpool inexplicably switched off to allow substitute Richarlison and Heung-Min Son to give Spurs unlikely hope, but it was too late and they remain seven points behind fourth-placed Aston Villa with a game in hand. This performance exposed Tottenham’s defensive vulnerabilities and highlighted the team’s reliance on late-game heroics, raising significant concerns about their Champions League aspirations.

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