Liverpool, fresh and fearsome after a sunshine break in Tenerife, went out all guns blazing and deservedly took the lead through Philippe Coutinho to leave boss Jurgen Klopp fist-pumping for all his worth.
It looked a safe bet that all three points were his – but you can bank on Kane to do the business.
This was football played the way we love it with quick-fire raids to keep supporters on the edge of their seats.
How we did not witness a goal in the first 45 minutes will remain a mystery. Both Liverpool and Tottenham did everything but break the deadlock.
Clever work led to Christian Eriksen slamming in a shot which keeper Simon Mignolet stopped and James Milner had an effort blocked by Kevin Wimmer with Coutinho testing Hugo Lloris. And that was all with barely ten minutes on the clock.
Then Alberto Moreno squeezed in a cross, which Heung-Min Son tried to cut out but only diverted the ball towards the bottom corner.
It was a good job Hugo Lloris came to his rescue with a reflex save. Kane, released after careless work from Mamadou Sakho, waited too long and pulled his shot wide before a heart-stopping moment for every Tottenham fan.