The 25-year-old netted a double – the second of which was utterly sublime – but was denied his match-winning moment by a contentious decision
At the end, there was the sublime and the scandalous. Two scorchers, a full touchline run-and-leap celebration and two contentious penalty decisions, one of which was saved.
In the build-up to Sunday’s showdown, Jurgen Klopp had described encounters between Liverpool and Tottenham as having “nearly everything. It’s like when the two knights pull down their face armour and ride at each other in a joust. Go for it. I really like that. It’s an open fight.”
And at Anfield, that description seemed to be distilled in the final 15 minutes.
Two divergent halves of football – the hosts authoritative in the first, before Spurs swung it their way after the break – produced a fair result in what the Reds boss felt was unjust circumstances.
Referee Jonathan Moss ignored the advice of the linesman to award the first penalty, in which Harry Kane was offside, before then handing Tottenham a second one based entirely on his assistant’s advice.
“Do you think the referee comes to me after and says, sorry I made a mistake?,” a frustrated Klopp said afterwards. “The first penalty was clear offside. Second, Virgil van Dijk touched him, but you know Eric Lamela wants it. The decisions are hard to accept.”
Loris Karius saved the England striker’s initial effort from the spot, but was floored by the other – his 100th Premier League strike – with the game finishing 2-2.
In-between, Mohamed Salah seemed to morph into Lionel Messi as he picked up the ball on the far right of the penalty area. He cut inside Ben Davies before squaring up Jan Vertonghen, motioning back towards goal and lifting the ball over Hugo Lloris from a tight angle.
“It was outstanding,” said Klopp. “It was so hard to defend. I think everybody in stadium, including his team-mates, thought he’d play a pass...