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Liverpool beats Spurs with second-half barrage; Harry Kane exits with injury

Liverpool beats Spurs with second-half barrage; Harry Kane exits with injury
Liverpool's Trent Alexander-Arnold had a goal and an assist in a Premier League win over Tottenham Hotspur on Thursday in London. Photo by Catherine Ivill/EPA-EFE

Jan. 29 (UPI) -- Trent Alexander-Arnold and Sadio Mane each scored second-half goals to help Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 3-1 in England's Premier League.

Spurs striker Harry Kane sustained ankle injuries and left the field at halftime of the loss on Thursday at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London.

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"I am completely happy about the performance," Reds manager Jurgen Klopp told reporters. "They put a proper shift in.

"It was a brave performance in a game against a counter-attacking monster, which they are, and that makes it even more special."

Reds striker Roberto Firmino broke a 0-0 deadlock with a score in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time. Left back Andy Robertson lifted a pass into the left side of the box to spark that play.

Fellow forward Sadio Mane chested the ball down to his feet before he lifted his head and sent a bouncing cross to his right. Firmino ran to the middle of the goal and finished the play with a tapped shot past Spurs keeper Hugo Lloris.

Kane was substituted out of the match before Trent Alexander-Arnold then gave the Reds a 2-1 advantage two minutes into the second half.

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Mane ripped a shot toward the far post at the start of that play, but Lloris blocked the attempt. The deflected shot then bounced out to Alexander-Arnold. The Reds defender used his first touch to smash a shot into the left side of the net.

"It's been a while since I scored and it felt good to get back on the scoresheet again," Alexander-Arnold said. "I felt good out there. I felt like I was back at my best and was able to influence the game like I wanted to."

The Spurs then cut into the deficit when midfielder Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg beat Reds keeper Alisson in the 49th minute. Spurs striker Steven Bergwijn held the ball at the top of the left side of the box before he passed back to Hojbjerg.

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The Spurs midfielder then darted onto the feed before he ripped a shot into the right side of the net past a diving Alisson.

Alexander-Arnold assisted Mane for the final score of the game in the 65th minute. The Reds defender scorched down the right flank before he chipped a long cross into the box ahead for Mane. The Reds striker used his first touch to smack a close-range shot by Lloris, despite being sandwiched by two Spurs defenders.

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Spurs manager Jose Mourinho provided an update on Kane's injuries after the loss.

"It's two ankles, not one, two," Mourinho said. "He was coping with one, he couldn't cope with both. Clearly, he's a guy with good spirit, good sacrifice, so for Harry to say, 'no chance' for the second half, we know that it's not a simple [injury]."

Liverpool battles West Ham United at 11:30 a.m. EST on Sunday at London Stadium. Tottenham faces Brighton at 2:15 p.m. EST on Sunday at American Express Community Stadium in Brighton, England.

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