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Fans single out one Spurs starlet for praise

Fans single out one Spurs starlet for praise as Liverpool grabs record win

January 11, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The youngster performed beyond expectation in Saturday's encounter.

Football fans on social media have singled out Tottenham Hotspur teenager Japhet Tanganga for plaudits following his performance in Saturday's Premier League encounter with Liverpool. The 20-year-old defender overly impressed in his full debut despite his side suffering a 1-0 defeat to the current league leaders.

The display by the Englishman in the day's encounter makes the rave about him almost unerring, especially for the vital role he play at the very onset of the proceeding. Having been handed a surprise start by Jose Mourinho, the youngster got right to business by producing a double block in the first two minutes against Liverpool. His first denied Roberto Firmino from firing the Reds in front before denying Mohamed Salah the opportunity to put the rebound to good use.

Tanganga defensive heroics was prevalent through the game as he successfully kept both Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah at bay anytime he confronted the pair. In the aftermath of the day's clash which was decided by Roberto Firmino's 37th minute strike, Spurs boss Jose Mourinho expressed his fondness for the academy star.

"I thought he did well." the Portuguese manager declared.

"I think the kid has reason to be happy with his level. His first game in the Premier League and he did amazing. First with Mane and then Salah. I don't want to take credit from that. I only worked with him for a couple of months. Credit goes to the academy who worked with him and it's a message to those other players in the academy."

Relatively, Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp praised the English starlet for his remarkable showing.

"I didn't know about him and it was a surprise," he said.

"Our match day analyst told me about him. He played well. It was nice when the crowd cheered his name. It was his first Premier League game? Very impressive."

In essence, Liverpool's win at the Tottenham Stadium saw them grab a number of Premiership records. For starters, the Reds became the first team ever from Europe's top-five leagues to win 20 of it's opening 21 matches in the league. Also, the Anfield outfit has won 61 points in the Premier League this season  - the most any side has ever recorded after 21 games in a single season across Europe's big five leagues.


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