Liverpool appear real deal as familiar failings torment Tottenham

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Erik Lamela grabbed a late consolation for Spurs, who could not avoid a second straight Premier League defeat.

I expect both teams to score as they usually do in this fixture, but I'll have to edge towards Liverpool to win it.

And Klopp, glad to have goals coming from other players, said he does not expect a "perfect season" from the Uefa Player of the Year second runners-up.

Liverpool took control of the game from the word go and scored as early as the first minute of the match through Roberto Firmino, although it was ruled out for offside.

"Tottenham have the quality to strike back and that's what they did off the corner".

"We ask too much from the players, we constantly want them ready and if they are not we are not happy".

"So, performing week in and week out is a must, and getting those results that we need to show that we are one of the best teams in Europe". "We all knew it after the World Cup, especially after England came that far, they have had no rest", added Klopp.

"I'm not sure if we can do it on Tuesday and then next Saturday [against Southampton] again".

Meanwhile, the Liverpool manager is unsure on the severity of Firmino's facial injury that forced him off in the 74th minute on Saturday following a duel with Jan Vertongen.

There is no doubt that Liverpool have moved in the right direction since that day at the old White Hart Lane with two successive top four finishes in the bag and memorable runs to three Cup finals, including the Europa and Champions League showpiece events. "But the result is the most important thing and the result is flawless because winning here is so hard", Klopp said.

Thankfully, Firmino had some good news for fans after being released from hospital with the diagnosis being an abrasion of the left eye.

There are massive games against Paris Saint Germain, Chelsea and Napoli coming up and these two are bound to play a big part in that.

'Firmino travelled back to Merseyside separately from his teammates with club doctor Andy Massey following the positive assessment.