Kane joins Premier League 100 goal club in Anfield thriller
Harry Kane’s penalty – converted with virtually the last kick of an enthralling encounter – gave Tottenham a vital point at Anfield after Mohamed Salah’s brilliant stoppage time strike looked to have given Liverpool victory.
The Tottenham striker netted his century from the spot deep into injury time in Spurs’ 2-2 draw with Liverpool after previously missing a penalty
Harry Kane has scored his 100th Premier League goal, netting a stoppage-time penalty in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool on Sunday.
The England international scored in the most dramatic of circumstances, netting after Virgil van Dijk had been adjudged to have kicked Erik Lamela in the area.
Kane had previously missed a penalty with the score at 1-1 in the 87th minute, and Mohamed Salah looked to have taken advantage, scoring a brilliant solo goal to seemingly hand the Reds all three points.
But the 24-year-old stepped up again when the second spot-kick was awarded, and sent Loris Karius the wrong way to become the second fastest player in Premier League history to net 100 goals, doing so in just 141 appearances.
When asked about how he reached the century, Pochettino said of Kane: “He has the personality to have big, big balls.”
Only Alan Shearer, the league’s all-time top scorer, has achieved the record faster, doing so in 124 games.
Kane has also played for Norwich City in the Premier League, but never scored, meaning that his entire century has come at Spurs.
A total of 60 of his goals have come from his right foot, 14 with his head and 26 with his left foot. He has scored 88 goals inside the box, and 12 from outside, including one direct free-kick.
Over the course of his 100 goals, Kane has scored eight hat-tricks – the third highest in the Premier League, behind Alan Shearer and Robbie Fowler – and is also the fourth-youngest player to score 100, behind Michael Owen, Fowler and Wayne Rooney.
His 100 goals have been boosted by scoring nine times against Leicester City, in just six games, while he has netted eight goals in eight appearances against Stoke City.
The result on Sunday leaves Spurs fifth, two points behind the Reds, who remain third.
Chelsea, however, can move third on Monday evening if they defeat Watford.
Frustration for Liverpool and Klopp
When manager Jurgen Klopp set off on a sprint of triumph along the touchline in front of Anfield’s giant Main Stand as Salah put Liverpool back in front in injury time, he thought he was celebrating a win that was opening up a crucial five-point gap between his side and Spurs.
Instead, minutes later, he was left to reflect on the concession of a late equaliser that left Anfield enveloped in frustration.
Liverpool’s much-maligned defence had held firm for so long, but Klopp’s switch to three at the back, when he sent on Joel Matip for James Milner in the final quarter of an hour, did not have the desired effect.
Spurs played on Liverpool’s nerves, although Karius, who remains an inconsistent presence, could hardly have expected his punch – when perhaps he should have caught – to be returned into the top corner of his net with such spectacular interest by Wanyama.
Liverpool, and indeed Anfield, were suddenly on edge but relieved when Karius saved Kane’s lame penalty.
Then came that dramatic exchange of goals in a chaotic finale and the points were shared.
Liverpool offer so much that is good when it is measured in goals and excitement, but that nasty habit of carelessness and conceding crucial goals has still not been cured.
Anfield’s fury at late twist
Liverpool’s supporters were waiting to celebrate a vital victory after Salah’s twisting, turning run into the area in stoppage time ended with a clever finish over the onrushing Lloris.
It came just after Kane had missed the chance to give Spurs the lead from the spot when his uncharacteristically poor penalty was saved by Karius.
And yet the cheers stuck in the throats as referee Jon Moss – who entered lengthy consultation with his assistant before finally awarding the first Spurs penalty – waited as Van Dijk tangled with substitute Lamela, looking towards his colleague once more before pointing to the spot.
The Kop exploded in fury but Kane stayed calm and made no mistake the second time, beating Karius comfortably.
Klopp was desolate as he was locked in conversation with fourth official Martin Atkinson.
There was barely time to restart the game and Anfield instantly vented its anger on Moss after awarded Spurs two penalties in front of the Kop.
Once the drama had subsided, this was a fair result between two teams who mix high quality, intensity and attacking intent with moments of vulnerability – leaving the top four chase as tight as ever.
Spurs in show of resilience
Spurs could have been forgiven for fearing the worst when Eric Dier’s carelessness let in Salah as early as the third minute, instantly evoking memories of their struggles when visiting other teams in the so-called “big six” in recent years.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side have not won away in the league against Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City and Manchester United in 11 game stretching back to a 2-1 win at Etihad Stadium in February 2016.
And yet they can take massive encouragement away from Anfield after the manner in which they kept their composure and played their way back into contention after Liverpool dominated the first half.
Spurs kept probing and even when Salah’s second looked to have condemned them to certain defeat – seemingly even more of a blow after Kane’s missed penalty – they gathered themselves for one late push that earned another spot-kick and a point.
Pochettino’s players have been accused of fluffing their lines on occasions like this in recent times. Here they deserve great credit.
Kane and Salah’s records – the best of the stats
- Kane has scored 100 goals in the Premier League in 141 appearances – only Alan Shearer (124) reached that mark in the competition in fewer games
- Liverpool are unbeaten in their past 15 league games at Anfield (W8 D7), the second longest current run in the competition, after Manchester City (25 games)
- Tottenham have won only two of their 26 games at Anfield in the Premier League (8%)
- Spurs are winless in their past 11 away games against ‘top six’ opponents in the league (D5 L6), and have won only one of their 19 such games under the Argentine (D7 L11)
- Salah has netted 21 goals in 25 games in the league, the fewest appearances of any Liverpool player to reach 20 goals in the competition
- Salah has also been directly involved in 27 goals in the league this term, the joint most of any player in their first 25 appearances for a club in the competition
- The Egyptian is only the second Liverpool player to score 20 or more goals for the club in his debut Premier League campaign, after Fernando Torres in 2007-08 (24)
- Salah’s opener after two minutes 16 seconds was Liverpool’s quickest goal in the Premier League since April 2016, when Daniel Sturridge scored inside two minutes against Newcastle United (1min 7secs)