Opinion: Player ratings from Tottenham’s gutting 1-1 draw with Liverpool

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Dejan Kulusevski
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Tottenham Hotspur led Liverpool at Anfield and looked to be heading towards all three points this evening, only for a deflected Luis Diaz shot to break Lilywhite hearts.

Let’s take a look at how the individual players got on:

Hugo Lloris – 8.5 – You would expect Hugo to make all the saves he did, but he was a safe pair of hands and mistakes often come easy for keepers in big games. He is came out to claim the ball in big moments and distributed well for Tottenham’s goal.

Emerson Royal – 9 – He has had his critics this season, but Emerson was strong off the ball and useful on it this evening at Anfield, even in the attacking third. Arguably his best performance all season at RWB. Really happy for him.

Cristian Romero – 8.5 – He always walks the tightrope between great challenge and over-eager foul. In the first-half, he was the wrong side of that line. In the second half, he sat back and just let his defensive talents do the talking. What a player.

Eric Dier – 8.5 – Tottenham’s leader in the back three was exactly that tonight. He was dominant in the air, threw himself in front of shots, and tracked his runners expertly. That Tottenham defence refused to buckle under pressure and only broke to a deflection.

Ben Davies – 9 – With Sessegnon pushing so high up, Davies was always going to find himself defending 1v1 against Salah tonight. Yet he stood up and largely kept the Liverpool star out of the game. A superb defensive display from the Welshman.

Ryan Sessegnon – 8.5 – I was so impressed at how Sessegnon was able to track back and do a job defensively, but also contribute to every Tottenham break. He was a real presence out on the left and that isn’t easy against Liverpool. What an assist for the lad too!

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – 8 – Spurs were always going to get overrun in midfield by the Liverpool formation, but Hojbjerg covered so much ground, while also contributing on the ball. He even got forward and smashed one against the post, then had a chance late on.

Rodrigo Bentancur – 6 – Not Bentnacur’s finest game. He was a little sloppy in possession at key moments when Spurs had a chance to break, while he also gave away a few silly fouls in dangerous areas.

Dejan Kulusevski – 8 – When Tottenham managed to break into the Liverpool half, more often than not it was through the Swede on the right. He was feeding off scraps, but hauling Spurs up the pitch at key moments. Superb performance.

Heung-min Son – 8.5 – The South Korean was hovering on the shoulder, desperately waiting for that perfect ball in behind on the break. He did well with his few opportunities on the break and was there on the spot when Spurs needed him to tap home.

Harry Kane – 7.5 – Liverpool had Fabinho screening in front of Kane in order to eliminate his threat when dropping deep. And when he did get the ball, he was often crowded out within a second or two. However, he still managed to turn and pop off a few key passes.

Substitutes: 

Davinson Sanchez – 6 – Added some extra legs at the back to track the likes of Salah in behind and did his job well.

Harry Winks – N/A

Steven Bergwijn – N/A

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