London (AFP) – Liverpool outclassed Wolves in front of their own fans on Sunday, joining Tottenham at the top of the Premier League table after another episode of the Son Heung-min and Harry Kane show.
Jurgen Klopp’s men have not had the chance to play in front of their supporters since they ended their 30-year wait to be crowned English champions but made up for lost time at Anfield.
The 2,000 home fans were in full voice as Liverpool romped to a comfortable win with goals from Mohamed Salah, Georginio Wijnaldum, Joel Matip and a late own goal from Nelson Semedo.
Jose Mourinho’s Spurs beat faltering Arsenal 2-0 at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium to leapfrog Chelsea and Leicester struck late to beat rock-bottom Sheffield United 2-1.
Liverpool and Wolves both looked dangerous on the counter-attack in the early stages of the late game at Anfield, with the home side taking the lead when Salah capitalised on an error by Wolves captain Conor Coady.
Wijnaldum made it 2-0 with a wonderful curled finish shortly before the hour mark and Joel Matip put the game beyond Wolves before a late own goal added gloss to the scoreline.
Wijnaldum said it was “wonderful” to have the fans back after coronavirus restrictions were lifted in certain parts of England.
“The fans helped the performance a lot because they cheered during the game and before we only had the bench for support,” he said.
Earlier, Tottenham took the lead in the north London derby in the 13th minute with a Son wonder goal. The South Korean was set free down the left by Kane, cut inside and curled a brilliant long-range effort into the top corner.
The home side, also playing in front of fans, doubled their lead on the stroke of half-time as they took apart their local rivals on the break.
Giovani Lo Celso played in Son, who returned the earlier favour to tee up Kane to smash in from close range.
Son and Kane have now combined for 31 Premier League goals, the second most of any pair after Chelsea’s Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard (36).
Tottenham, who have not lost a league match since the opening day of the season, now have 24 points after 11 matches, level with Liverpool and two clear of Chelsea.
Mourinho praised his star forwards for their all-round contribution.
“Harry Kane clearing balls in the box, Sonny for the first 60 minutes as a winger and then a second striker — it is not just about scoring goals and being world-class players,” he told Sky Sports. “It is about being great guys and doing your best for the team.
“We grew up. I can imagine lots of people can imagine three matches in a row — against Manchester City, Chelsea and Arsenal — would be a moment for us to drop points and go back to ‘normality’ but we didn’t go back to ‘normality’. We are there.”
Arsenal, by contrast, are now 15th in the Premier League following their sixth defeat of the season, and struggling badly for goals.
– Vardy strikes –
Leicester ended a four-game winless run in all competitions at an empty Bramall Lane to push the Blades closer to a return to the Championship.
Clubs in tier-three areas of England, with tougher coronavirus restrictions, still have to play behind closed doors, while tier-two zones such as London and Liverpool can have crowds of up to 2,000.
Jamie Vardy kept his cool when through one-on-one and beat Aaron Ramsdale with a confident right-foot finish in the 90th minute.
Ayoze Perez had put Brendan Rodgers’s men in front before Oli McBurnie headed an equaliser for Sheffield United, who now have just one point from 11 games.
In the first match of the day, Wilfried Zaha and Christian Benteke both scored twice as Crystal Palace made West Brom pay for Matheus Pereira’s first-half red card in a 5-1 rout at the Hawthorns.
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