Brilliant Wanyama ignites Spurs bounce back in Liverpool stalemate
Harambee Stars came off the bench to ignite Tottenham Hotspurs dramatic comeback in their 2-2 draw against Liverpool at Anfield on Sunday.
Wanyama, who came on in the place of Mousa Dembele in the 79, needed only a minute on the pitch to restore parity with his 30 yards thunderbolt after Egyptian international Mohamed Salah had given hosts the lead barely three minutes into the match, capitalizing a blunder by Eric Dier.
It appeared difficult for Spurs to fight back, with Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp retreating to defensive approach in the last 20 minutes of the fascinating clash to guard his hitherto 1-0 lead.
But the defensive approach haunted him, with Spurs piling pressure on the home team after Wanyama’s goal.
Tottenham Hotspur’s Kenyan midfielder Victor Wanyama (C) celebrates scoring his team’s first goal with teammates Delle Ali and Son -Min Heung
In the 87th, Harry Kane wasted his spot kick with goalkeeper Loris Karius palming it out, and neither Christian Ericksen nor substitute Erick Lamela could burry home the rebound.
The wasted opportunity gave the Reds an opportunity to inflict more pain on Spurs, Salah completing his brace by chipping over exposed Hugo Lloris in the 91st.
However, the drama was not over, and Kane’s stoppage-time penalty rescued a point for Tottenham against Liverpool in a remarkable finish at Anfield.
The England striker put away his second opportunity from the spot, for his 100th Premier League goal, following Virgil van Dijk’s tackles on Erik Lamela in the box.
Being the engineer of the comeback in the shared spoils, Wanyama who has endured a difficult season with an injury hence losing his first-team spot, will be keen to build on the brilliant show to recapture his territory.
Liverpool remains third in the Premier League table, two points ahead of Tottenham in fifth.