For the second game running Tottenham and Liverpool could not be separated and the game which promised so much ended as a 1-1 draw. Tottenham closed the gap down to four points on Leicester but the Foxes will play on Sunday and could extend the lead to seven.
Liverpool also didn’t really help their chances of making it into the top four with the draw and will probably have to deal with the Europa League as their only real chance of making it to the UEFA Champions League next season.
The game started brightly for Tottenham but Liverpool slowly grew into it. The second half saw the first goal come in from a slick move by the Reds and Philippe Coutinho finished it off. Tottenham though came back with a great goal by Harry Kane as his turn and shoot policy worked a charm to beat Simon Mignolet.
Tottenham had the better chances in the latter stages bit could not make it count and they had to settle for the point. We look back at an evenly contested tie and point out the three main talking points from the game.
Mamadou Sakho was played with the now reliable Dejan Lovren at the back for Liverpool and if anyone had a look in this game, it seemed that Sakho was auditioning for a bloopers reel rather than playing for a Premier League side.
Sakho’s passing was all over the place and more often than not, his teammates had to cover his mistakes. The former PSG defender at one stage was Liverpool’s best defender but those days seem a thing of the past now.
Dejan Lovren was the better defender and has been for a long time under Klopp, if Sakho continues playing this way, he could be on his way out of the club.
Hugo Lloris’ saves
The first half had another big talking point and that was Hugo Lloris and his saves. The French goalkeeper did extremely well to keep Daniel Sturridge out but his two saves from Adam Lallana were truly exceptional.
The France international didn’t have a lot to do in the second half but he did seem to pick up a niggling injury and Spurs fans will hope it is not a long-term thing. Lloris was brilliant in the game and was the reason why Tottenham were in the contest after the first half of the game.
Point doesn’t help either team
Tottenham needed the win to put pressure on Leicester while Liverpool needed the point to get their Champions League chase back on track but what we saw in the game suggests that both clubs will not reach their target this season.
Spurs did have the better chances in the second half but couldn’t take them while Liverpool should have blown past Spurs in the first half itself. In the end the score line was correct as neither team was better than the other but it is two points dropped rather than a point gained for both sides, not the best result for either.