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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.
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