Opinion: Five things we learned from Tottenham’s 2-2 draw with Liverpool

Harry Kane
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Tottenham Hotspur waited two weeks to play another Premier League game and what a game it was – an eventful 2-2 draw with Liverpool in North London.

Let’s take a look at the five things we learned:

Change of formation – I imagine the formation change was partly due to COVID and the available players, but having two up front worked a treat for Spurs. Conte went for a 3-5-2, with Dele on the left of midfield and Kane/Son up front. This allowed Kane to play his normal game, while retaining the threat of Son in behind and matching Liverpool’s trio in midfield. Yes. this gave extra space to Liverpool’s fullbacks, and they made that pay, but Spurs created chances galore too.

That pesky xG – Harry Kane scored. Son missed a fantastic chance. Dele had a point-blank shot saved by Alisson. Alli left a square ball short to Kane. Kane put a header over the top. To name just a few! Tottenham could have scored five or six today! Is that a problem or a blessing? Looking back on where Spurs were a month ago, I would say a blessing. You would rather create a chance and miss than create nothing. On another day, Spurs win this game easily.

Dele Alli redemption – Yes he did miss a couple of chances to score, but Dele Alli’s general performance was sublime. His technical quality, his effort levels, his pressing, his creativity, getting into dangerous positions, tackling… he had it all today. We got to see a Dele Alli who really looked like he was ready to fight for something at Spurs, which is what we all want to see.

Players stepping up – Not only Dele, but there were a number of other question marks in the line-up – players Conte had to turn to in a tough situation. Harry Winks was immense. Ryan Sessegnon kept Salah quiet. Tanguy Ndombele assisted the all-important opener. For the first time in a long time, the fringe players stood up to be counted.

An important point – Not many teams will get a point off an in-form Liverpool side this season. Not only that, but Spurs were coming off the back of a two-week break, were lacking match sharpness, and many of the squad had COVID just days ago. Spurs could have won the game, yes, but the point is important and Tottenham really came together and fought today.

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