Liverpool 3 Tottenham 2: Colin Pascoe thrilled with Mario Balotelli winner

Colin Pascoe was thrilled with Liverpool's fantastic win against rivals Tottenham

Colin Pascoe hailed Mario Balotelli after the Italian striker scored a late winner against Tottenham Hotspur to boost Liverpool’s chances of a top-four finish.

The Reds edged into a 15th-minute lead courtesy of Lazar Markovic’s second Premier League strike, but Harry Kane took his season tally to 21 goals just 11 minutes later at Anfield.

Moussa Dembele cancelled out Steven Gerrard’s second-half penalty after Danny Rose had brought down Daniel Sturridge, before substitute Balotelli finished from close range with six minutes remaining.

Speaking to BT Sport after the thrilling win, Pascoe was delighted with Balotelli’s first Premier League goal since his £16m switch from AC Milan in August.

“Brendan had to shoot off to catch a plane. Tottenham have been on a great run, it was two good teams but the way we came through was fantastic,” Pascoe said.

“Mario Balotelli has been working hard in training and for the last couple of weeks he’s been ill so it’s great that he scored the winner.”

On Steven Gerrard’s second-half substitution: “Steven Gerrard felt his hamstring and felt he had to come off. It was important to win tonight, it was a great win and we deserved it.”

Liverpool are three points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, who edged to a 2-1 victory over Leicester City at The Emirates.

The Reds, who face Crystal Palace in the FA Cup fifth round on Saturday, make the trip to third-placed Southampton in the Premier League on 22 February.

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