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Tottenham vs Liverpool

Liverpool and Tottenham went head-to-head in north London a short time ago.

Jurgen Klopp’s side headed into the game looking to once again regain ground on Premier League leaders Manchester City, who won vs Newcastle earlier in the day to further extend their lead atop of the PL.

Liverpool, like Spurs, also had several players out of the clash due to Covid-19 and illness.

Despite this, Liverpool were still able to put out a pretty strong eleven, which was probably slightly better than Tottenham’s on the day.

And, though Liverpool started the match the brighter of the two sides, it would be Spurs who took the lead. Tanguy Ndombele slipped in Harry Kane who slotted past Alisson to make it 1-0.

However, despite Spurs having a number of huge chances shortly after the opener, Liverpool equalised 35 minutes in through Diogo Jota.

Liverpool then took the lead with just over 20 minutes to go via an Andy Robertson header. But the Mereysiders’ lead was short-lived as a big Alisson error handed Tottenham an equaliser. Robertson then turned from hero to villain, being sent off for a wild kick.

The tie finished with the spoils shared. Probably a fair result on balance.

Here are 101’s Liverpool player ratings from the Tottenham clash.

Liverpool player ratings vs Tottenham

Alisson: 5/10

Alisson finally conceded his first goal against Tottenham on Sunday. But, in the Brazilian’s defence, it was a lovely finish from Kane, which he could have done little about.

Elsewhere, Alisson made a number of big saves that prevented Spurs from running away with the tie during the first 45. And, after 54 minutes, he did well to come out and smother Kane to ensure he could not convert Dele Alli’s squared ball.

However, all of Alisson’s good work was undone when he came charging out and made a mess of his clearance, which allowed Son to fire into an open net.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7.5/10

Another bright showing from Alexander-Arnold. The full-back started well, setting up Andy Robertson early on who headed his effort wide. He also tested Hugo Lloris with some efforts of his own. And, though it was definitely a shot, set up Robertson for his goal on the day.

However, his defensive display was not great and nearly cost Liverpool a goal at the end of the first half.

Joel Matip: 6/10

Sunday was not Joe Matip’s best game. He and Konate did not work too well together and the Cameroon international was lucky not to give a penalty away. He was also caught out of position on a few occasions and struggled to deal with the pace of Son.

Ibrahima Konate: 6.5/10

Though no clean sheet was forthcoming for the Frenchman, he did not have a terrible game. Konate could do little about the opening goal from Kane and, moments before that, made a good block to deny the Tottenham striker.

Andy Robertson: 7/10

Much like Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson was one of Liverpool’s brighter options on the day.

The Scot provided the assist for Diogo Jota’s equaliser before netting a header of his own to make it 2-1. Like Alisson, though, Robertson’s superb game was marred by a late error. The defender was sent off for swinging his leg in what VAR judged to be a dangerous manner, seeing his yellow card turned to a red (a harsh decision). He still gets a fairly high rating, though, given his excellent game and the harsh nature of that red.

Tyler Morton: 5.5/10

Morton was thrust into the starting line-up on Sunday due to Fabinho, Jordan Henderson and Thiago all missing out.

And, despite having a decent showing vs AC Milan recently, the 19-year-old looked somewhat off the pace vs Spurs. This likely was not helped by Liverpool’s entire midfield being fringe players. Morton was taken off after 59 minutes for Roberto Firmino.

James Milner: 5.5/10

Milner, like Morton and Keita, did not have his best game and struggled to deal with Tottenham’s counter-attacks.

Naby Keita: 5.5/10

Yet again Naby Keita proved why he is only used as a fringe star for Liverpool. Tottenham’s midfield had three players who have struggled for form over the last year or so, yet they were able to dominate Keita for much of the 90, who did little to prevent the persistent counter attacks from the hosts.

Mohamed Salah: 6/10

Mohamed Salah had one of the quietest games we have seen from the Egyptian so far this term. His man involvement across the 90 minutes came when he appeared to handle the ball in the build up to Robertson’s goal.

Diogo Jota: 7/10

Joto had a quiet first 45, but like all good strikers sometimes need to, he stepped up to take one of his rare chances on the day to make it 1-1.

Jota also should have won a penalty for his side but the VAR officials were apparently asleep. He was taken off for Joe Gomez after 92 minutes.

Sadio Mane: 5.5/10

Sadio Mane, like Salah, had a fairly eventful 90 minutes against the Lilywhites. He was taken off after 81 minutes for Kostas Tsimikas after doing very little.

Substitutes

Roberto Firmino: 4/10

Came on after 59 minutes but was unable to have much of an impact.

Kostas Tsimikas: 4/10

Came on for the final nine minutes with his side down to 10 men. Did ok to help keep the score as it was but not too much of note from the Greek.

Joe Gomez: N/A

Was only on the pitch for a few moments.

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 Manchester City 17 31 41
2 Liverpool FC 17 35 40
3 Chelsea FC 17 27 37
4 Arsenal FC 18 4 32
5 West Ham United 17 7 28
6 Manchester United 16 2 27
7 Tottenham Hotspur 14 -1 25
8 Wolverhampton Wanderers 17 -1 24
9 Leicester City 16 0 22
10 Aston Villa 17 -2 22
11 Crystal Palace 17 0 20
12 Brentford FC 16 -1 20
13 Brighton & Hove Albion 16 -3 20
14 Everton FC 17 -8 19
15 Southampton FC 17 -10 17
16 Leeds United 18 -18 16
17 Watford FC 16 -10 13
18 Burnley FC 15 -7 11
19 Newcastle United 17 -19 10
20 Norwich City 17 -26 10
Player Team Goals
Salah, Mohamed Liverpool FC 15
Jota, Diogo Liverpool FC 10
Vardy, Jamie Leicester City 9
Raphinha Leeds United 8
Dennis, Emmanuel Watford FC 7
Mount, Mason Chelsea FC 7
Ronaldo, Cristiano Manchester United 7
Son, Heung Min Tottenham Hotspur 7
Smith-Rowe, Emile Arsenal FC 7
Mane, Sadio Liverpool FC 7
Silva, Bernardo Manchester City 7
Antonio, Michail West Ham United 6
Gallagher, Conor Crystal Palace 6
Wilson, Callum Newcastle United 6
Maupay, Neal Brighton & Hove Albion 6
Fernandes, Bruno Manchester United 5
King, Joshua Watford FC 5
Gray, Demarai Everton FC 5
Zaha, Wilfried Crystal Palace 5
Sterling, Raheem Manchester City 5



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