EPL 2016-17: Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur, Player ratings

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has warned his players not to go overboard with celebrations following their 2-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur in an English Premier League (EPL) clash in Liverpool.

The Reds won 2-0 against Spurs at Anfield with a first-half double from Mane, whose pace terrorised the visitors throughout the 90 minutes.

"It is hard to fight for the Premier League if you show that performance, that lack of desire to play for a win".

He said: "We had a lack of aggression and struggled to put intensity into our performance".

"I think we still need to improve in all areas".

For the first goal, in the 16th minute, he raced onto Georginio Wijnaldum's incisive pass before lifting a shot past Lloris.

'When I watched them at home against Manchester City it was one of the best performances I've seen, it was unbelievable, proactive, on the front foot, pressing the ball, nearly eating their opponents alive, and they go away from home and that belief and confidence saps from them.

With a two week gap before their next league game, at home to Stoke City, Pochettino said it was time for his team to take stock and return to maintain their top-four challenge.

McAteer said on LFC TV after the game: "The big question mark over Tottenham, and it came up last season, is are they strong enough mentally to go on and win it?"

"[It was] fully deserved by Liverpool". I love football, but I have no problems with a few days where we can now really train.

The young right-back was brought on during injury time and didn't have any time to do much in the game.

With the Senegal attacker away on worldwide duty in the Africa Cup of Nations, Liverpool FC had a disastrous January.

Simon Mignolet retained his place in goal despite some errors in the previous games.

"More important is the reaction - we did it and we're just going to try to keep going". The boys will have a little bit of a rest and then we will start a pre-season, that's how we understand it.

  • Julie Sanders