This was one of the best games of the season, and these two clubs always deliver when they meet, but this game reignited Tottenham’s Champions League chances and Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes.
Kane was City’s main tormentor from start to end, with his excellent dissection of City’s high defensive line setting up Dejan Kulusevski’s opening (4). Ilkay Gundogan would rightly level the score (33), but Kane would deliver once more after surviving intense pressure at the half.
The England captain met Son’s cross and finished beautifully over his body (59), and he could have added a second when he beat Ederson inside his near post, but Kulusevski was deemed offside after a VAR review (74). After VAR Darren England told referee Anthony Taylor to consult his pitch side monitor after Bernardo Silva’s low cross smacked into the arm of the diving Cristian Romero, City were given a dramatic reprieve.
Riyad Mahrez smashed his penalty high into the net (90+2), but Kane would have the ultimate word, outmuscling Kyle Walker to head Kulusevski’s cross into the net (90+5), sparking chaotic scenes in the away end. As Kane radically transformed the picture at the top of the table, Jamie Carragher on commentary observed, “It’s a massive day for the top-four race but also the title race.” Tottenham has moved up to seventh place in the rankings, four points behind Manchester United in fourth place, with two games remaining. City leads Liverpool by six points at the top of the table, despite having played one more game. When Liverpool hosts Leeds on Wednesday, they have a chance to narrow the gap to three points.