How the Spurs players rated vs Liverpool

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Hugo Lloris – 5 – He sprinkled a few good moments to a largely frustrating afternoon as his distribution was subpar as usual. Questions will be asked of him about whether he should have come out for Dier’s back pass for Liverpool’s goal. He was very slow to react to Salah’s goal as well, allowing himself to be chipped.

Kieran Trippier – 6 – Not really a good defensive performance from Trippier, but he had an impactful attacking game. He was bombing forward at every opportunity and he provided an outlet and slick passing in the attacking third.

Jan Vertonghen – 6 – He had a solid game until the last minute when he allowed Salah too much space in the box for Liverpool’s second goal. He allowed himself to be passed easily by the Egyptian where it was easy to prevent the goal. He was great defensively before that however, even though his on the ball play was not as great as usual.

Davinson Sanchez – 3 – A shockingly poor game from the Colombian as he was all over the place both defensively and in possession. His decision making eluded him and every single pass of his seemed to find a Liverpool player. He was rightly subbed off by Pochettino in the second half.

Ben Davies – 6 – Another solid attacking performance from the Welshman even though he was tortured by Salah on the other side of the pitch. He showed passion and intention by chasing the 50/50 balls and got himself forward a lot more in the second half.

Eric Dier – 4 – How he stayed on the pitch for 90 minutes is beyond me, but Pochettino clearly saw something in him. His silly mistake gave away one goal, and almost gave a second one. He was slow compared to the tempo of this match and he did not have the desired defensive impact.

Mousa Dembele – 8 – He seemed like the only good player for Spurs for much of the game, trying to inject some energy and guile into his team. He carried the ball forward numerous times during the game, breaking the Liverpool press and allowing his defenders to get a breather. He missed the late game drama after being subbed off earlier but it does not take anything away from his performance.  

Christian Eriksen – 6 – After the midweek performance against United, this was a disappointing showing from the Dane. He was definitely affected by Liverpool’s press as he could not find the space or the time on the ball. He improved massively in the second half though but he still was not at his best.

Son Heung-Min – 5 – A very interesting choice from Pochettino to go with 4-4-2 meant that the Korean played as a striker, and he was not effective in this new role. He could not find the spaces to operate or run at the Liverpool defence. He had a great opportunity to equalize but his shot was saved by Karius.

Dele Alli – 6 – Another victim of Poch’s tactics, as he was unnecessarily deep in the first half, not allowing him to show his abilities in the attacking third. He was lackadaisical on the ball and gave away possession countless times, leading to Liverpool counters. He was much better in the second half as he was pushed forward. His embarrassing dive also needs a mention here.

Harry Kane –6 – What an evening for the striker as he finally joined the 100 Premier League goals club in dramatic fashion. He was nullified quite easily by Van Dijk and Lovren in the first half as he could not even get a touch on the ball. He was much more involved in the second half as Spurs dominated possession. He started the late game drama as he was fouled by Karius in the box but he chose to go to the middle which made Karius’ job easy. But he took the second penalty perfectly and earned his team a valuable point.

Subs

Erik Lamela – 7 – Another brilliant substitute performance from the Argentine as he found spaces in the middle of Liverpool half and operated as a quarterback in Tottenham attacks. He was aggressive in his pressing as well, harrying Liverpool defenders. His final contribution was the most valuable one however, as he smartly got Van Dijk to commit a foul in the box for Tottenham’s second penalty.

Victor Wanyama – 7 – The Kenyan’s introduction made the difference as his screamer equalized the game in the 80th minute. He also allowed Spurs attackers more freedom as Vertonghen, Dier, Wanyama trio nullified late Liverpool counters easily.

Fernando Llorente– N/R

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