Daily Star Sunday - - RESULT! - By Pa Hethe

WHAT a dif­fer­ence a year makes.

When these two teams met at Wem­b­ley last Oc­to­ber Spurs were 4-1 win­ners and Liver­pool were a de­fen­sive sham­bles.

That was the cat­a­lyst for change by Kop boss Jur­gen Klopp, who has since bol­stered his de­fence with the key sign­ings of cen­tre-back Vir­gil van Dijk and goal­keeper Alis­son.

Yes­ter­day, Liver­pool were solid at the back as they out­played Spurs to con­tinue their per­fect start to the sea­son.

Goals from Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum – his first away from home in the Premier League – and Roberto Firmino made it five wins out of five for Klopp’s side.

Only twice be­fore have they won their first five matches of the sea­son in the top flight.

And this was largely com­fort­able, although sub­sti­tute Erik Lamela made the fi­nal few min­utes tense for Liver­pool.

He con­trolled a cor­ner be­fore pulling back a goal in the sec­ond minute of added time with a left-foot vol­ley.

But it was too lit­tle too late for a dis­ap­point­ing Tot­ten­ham side.

It was not a day for sleepy play­ers, as both man­agers is­sued wake-up call mes­sages go­ing into a gen­uinely big match.

Mauri­cio Po­chet­tino is­sued his on the back of Spurs’ 2-1 de­feat in their last match at Wat­ford.

Klopp, mean­while, was re­fer­ring to Liver­pool’s 4-1 hid­ing in that cor­re­spond­ing fix­ture at Wem­b­ley last sea­son.

But Spurs ap­peared to be caught nap­ping in the first minute when Liver­pool had the ball in the net.

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■LATE SHOW: But Lamela’s strike could not spark a Spurs come­back

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