Five things we learned from the 2-1 loss to Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Dom Le Roy

Tottenham Hotspur made it four losses from their last five games, and 14 dropped points from the last possible 15 today.

They travelled to Anfield in shocking Premier League form to play one of the best teams in the world.

However, after a dodgy first half, Spurs dominated the play in the second 45 and actually had chances to win the match, before doing a classic Tottenham.

Here are five things we learned from the defeat:

Same old Tottenham-

It feels like watching the same scenario play out week in week out at the moment. Spurs turn up, start the game slow and sloppy, before eventually finding their feet, outplaying the opposition, and then gifting the win away. After equalising through Lucas Moura, Spurs had efforts from Sissoko and Dele Alli to win the game, before a Lloris error handed all three points to Liverpool.

Lloris mistakes-

Which brings me onto my next point. Lloris makes yet another mistake. Say what you want about Lloris, you always know what you are getting with him. He acts as a sweeper keeper, and is fast off his line, which comes with it mistakes. However, he was the opposite today, as he seemed determined not to stray from his line. Despite the floated cross into the six yard box in the final moments, he decided to stay put rather than coming out and claiming it. He then palmed Salah’s header right into the centre of the congested penalty area, gifting an own goal to the Reds.

Spurs deserved the win-

Neither side played at their best in the first half, although Liverpool were definitely the better team. However, when Poch made changes in the second half, his side completely dominated both defensively and offensively. After a world class move for Moura’s goal, Spurs went on the front foot, determined to grab the winner. Sissoko missed a golden chance at the end of a break away, and Alli curled an effort inches shy of the top corner. On another day, Spurs walk away as 2-1 winners and take the headlines.

Why Sissoko?

Moussa Sissoko was incredible today, martialling the centre of midfield all on his own, with Harry Winks and Eric Dier out injured. Eriksen and Alli did little to lift the burden when placed alongside him, and Sissoko managed to get though the work of two players. However, when Spurs broke away to try and score the winner late on, Sissoko was not the man fans would have wanted. The Frenchman has never had an eye for goal in a Spurs shirt, and spooned his simple shot way over the bar.

Fight for the top four-

Spurs still side third in the Premier League after their loss today, such was their advantage a few weeks ago. However, the gap could not be tighter now, with Man United level on points, and Arsenal and Chelsea both one behind. Arsenal also have a game in hand on their rivals, and could overtake Tottenham tomorrow night. A pick up in results is needed if Spurs want Champions League next season.

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  1. Lloris is an absolute joke, how many times has he cost us points this season? A simple catch but no he has to push it on to Toby who had no chance. As for Sissoko, he has to go too, clean through with just the keeper to beat to win it and he skies it. The two of them are clowns. Forget top 4, with those two in the team we won’t even get 5th.


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