A moment in time

A moment in time: Victor Wanyama’s thunderbolt against Liverpool in February 2018

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur met each other at Anfield on Sunday 3rd February 2018 in what could widely be regarded as one of last season’s best Premier League matches.

Both sides had been looking to try and keep the pressure on the title race, although Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side had been racing away with the lead.

Both knew that a win would have been enough to take them above Chelsea in the race, although they each had to settle for a point, that would see Liverpool go above the Blues and Tottenham sit one point behind their London rivals.

The contest at Anfield finished as a 2-2 draw, when Mohamed Salah had thought he snatched the three points at the death in the first minute of injury time, however, Harry Kane rescued a point with a late penalty, having missed one in normal time when Loris Karius saved his spot-kick, netting his 100th Premier League goal in the process.

The game burst into life immediately from the first kick, when Salah netted his 20th goal of the season just after the second minute when Eric Dier misplaced his pass.

However, arguably one of the game’s most memorable moments was the goal that initially brought the tie level the first time around.

A moment in time: Victor Wanyama’s thunderbolt

Spurs were looking to get back into the game, however, with ten minutes on the clock, Mauricio Pochettino made a substitution that raised a few eyebrows at the time.

Victor Wanyama was sent on as a replacement for Mousa Dembele and it immediately paid dividends for the north London outfit.

The Kenyan international received the ball in the middle of the Liverpool half and sprayed it out wide to Christian Eriksen, who subsequently put the ball into the penalty area with a good cross.

Karius managed to get a strong punch on the ball to get it away from any danger, however, Wanyama appeared to have had other ideas.

The defensive midfielder struck the ball with some venom and saw it nestle in the top corner of the goal in front of a shocked Kop-end.

In fact, everyone appeared to be shocked that he had managed to find the back of the net with that strike, considering that he had scored just eight goals for Spurs in the Premier League prior to that game (via Transfermakt).

The effort meant he would go on to win the goal of the month award and, maybe unsurprisingly, he did not get on the scoresheet once again that season.

He now finds himself on the fringes of Pochettino’s squad at the moment and there has been talk that he could be offloaded in January, with The Sun claiming he is one of a couple of players thought to be heading to the exit door.

If he is, he will likely be remembered by those at Spurs for that wonderstrike against Liverpool back in February of this year.

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