Liverpool player ratings vs Tottenham: Luis Diaz is back! Returning Reds star puts Spurs to the sword before Diogo Jota late show

Luis Diaz Liverpool 2022-23
The Colombia international marked his first start since October with a goal, but Jurgen Klopp's side needed late drama to secure all three points

Liverpool survived a spirited Tottenham fightback to move up to fifth in the Premier League with a remarkable 4-3 win at Anfield. Diogo Jota’s stoppage-time strike secured victory for the Reds, seconds after substitute Richarlison looked to have grabbed a point for Spurs.

Liverpool had been 3-0 up inside 15 minutes and threatening to run riot, with Curtis Jones sliding in his first of the season, Luis Diaz marking his first start since October with another and Mohamed Salah converting from the penalty spot.

Tottenham, though, rallied and pulled one back through Harry Kane before half-time, before staging a spirited second-half fightback. 

Son Heung-min set up a nervy finale before Richarlison, on to huge boos as a former Everton man, forced in a 93rd-minute leveller.

Jota, though, would have the final say, sparking wild celebrations in the stands and on the sideline.

GOAL rates Liverpool's players from Anfield...

  1. Goalkeeper & Defence
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    Goalkeeper & Defence

    Alisson Becker (6/10):

    Big save from Kulusevski at 3-1. Contributed a fair bit to the sense of unease by taking his time with the ball at his feet.

    Trent Alexander-Arnold (7/10):

    Glorious assist for Jones and was Liverpool's best distributor all day.

    Ibrahima Konate (5/10):

    Looked edgy as Spurs fought their way back into the game. Won some big headers late on.

    Virgil van Dijk (5/10):

    Cleared off the line from Son but was beaten by Perisic for Kane's goal and couldn't settle his backline down in the second half.

    Andy Robertson (5/10):

    Switched off towards the end of the first half and put his team under pressure. Then played Son onside for the second goal. Not a great afternoon for the Scot.

  2. Midfield
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    Fabinho (5/10):

    Had it pretty easy to start with, and looked at home. Things got a bit tougher thereafter and he wasn't great.

    Harvey Elliott (6/10):

    Neat and tidy, and worked hard. Lost his way a bit as Spurs got a foothold.

    Curtis Jones (8/10):

    Lovely finish to set the ball rolling, and his work-rate and tidiness stood out. Is enjoying a really good run.

  3. Attack
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    Mohamed Salah (7/10):

    Kept his nerve from the spot after missing his last two, and was a constant threat.

    Luis Diaz (8/10):

    Back in the team and back in the goals. Lovely finish to make it 2-0 and his running power and link-up play was too much for Spurs to handle throughout.

    Cody Gakpo (7/10):

    Involved in everything early on, assisting Diaz's goal and winning the penalty. Some of his link-up play was glorious.

  4. Subs & Manager
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    Subs & Manager

    Diogo Jota (7/10):

    Huge winning goal after a low-key cameo to that point.

    Jordan Henderson (5/10):

    Unable to settle things down.

    Darwin Nunez (6/10):

    Worked hard without the ball.

    James Milner (5/10):

    His experience was needed late on, but he conceded a soft free-kick from which Spurs levelled.

    Jurgen Klopp (7/10):

    Must have got his team talk right as his side flew out of the blocks. Will wonder what happened after 3-0, mind. Booked late on by his favourite referee, Paul Tierney.