Liverpool won an enthralling match against Tottenham to keep alive any faint hopes of a late challenge for a top four position
A late Steven Gerrard penalty ended Tottenham’s 12 match unbeaten run and sees Liverpool rise to 6th place in the Premier League
Luis Suarez continued his recent good form with a toe-poke finish after a slick Liverpool move involving Jose Enrique and Phillipe Coutinho.
Tottenham turned the game around with two goals from an unlikely source. Jan Vertonghen first scored a precise header before firing the visitors in front at the start of the second half.
However, a series of poor mistake’s from Kyle Walker and Hugo Lloris allowed Stewart Downing to score and level the game.
Another mistake from Jermain Defoe resulted in Suarez winning the home side a late penalty in which Gerrard slotted home comfortably for a vital win for the reds.
Liverpool started quickly and when Benoit Assou-Ekotto lost possession, Daniel Sturridge fired high and wide in an early warning sign for the Londoners.
Liverpool were ahead shortly after. Coutinho and Enrique with some good link up play before Suarez poked the ball past Lloris for his 22nd Premier League goal of the season.
Tottenham responded well, and arguably should have drew level. Gareth Bale flicked the ball into the path of Sigurdsson who could only drag his shot wide.
Tottenham were level just before the break. Bale found space on the right and his cross allowed Vertonghen to head home
As the second half began, Vertonghen and Tottenham soon had their 2nd. Another cross from Bale bounced into the path of the Belgium to fire home and give the visitors the lead.
Bale continued to torment the Liverpool defence. He breezed past Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher before picking out Sigurdsson who could only hit his shot against the post.
Chances missed would come back to bite Spurs as Liverpool drew level. Kyle Walker played a horrendous back pass and Lloris failed to make contact giving Stewart Downing a simple finish.
With Liverpool seemingly gaining momentum, they were given the chance to go ahead late on from another Spurs mistake from Defoe.
Defoe hooked the ball back into the penalty box as Assou-Ekotto brought down Luis Suarez. Gerrard stepped up and confidently stroked the ball past Lloris to give Liverpool a late lead.
It was Liverpool’s first victory over a team higher in the table, and moves them above local rivals Everton in the hunt for European football next season.