Tottenham player ratings v Liverpool: Alli off the boil but midfield monster 9/10 & leadership duo 8/10

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Tottenham Hotspur came from behind to draw 1-1 with Liverpool in a thrilling game at Anfield, but still dropped two crucial points in the Premier League title race.

Philippe Coutinho kicked off an end-to-end second half with a 51st-minute opener for Jurgen Klopp’s hosts, following a beautiful combination with Daniel Sturridge.

Harry Kane’s superbly-taken 22nd top-flight goal of the campaign equalised for the visitors 12 minutes later, and neither side could find a winner in a frantic finish.

Here, CaughtOffside rates how Mauricio Pochettino’s boys performed on Merseyside, on an evening when the door was opened for Leicester City at the top of the table.

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GK: Hugo Lloris – 8/10

Tottenham’s captain made a trio of excellent saves in the first half to keep them in the game.

Hugo Lloris Tottenham v Liverpool

RB: Kyle Walker – 5/10

Given a really tough time by Coutinho, and that also limited his attacking threat.

CB: Toby Alderweireld – 7/10

Typically composed on the bail and made a couple of important tackles to bail out Wimmer.

CB: Kevin Wimmer – 6/10

Had some shaky moments. The Austrian has done a decent job deputising for Jan Vertonghen, but Spurs fans will be more comfortable when the Belgian is back alongside compatriot Alderweireld.

LB: Danny Rose – 7/10

The intensity of the game was epitomised by Rose’s all-action performance. The newly-capped England international was strong and brave in the tackle, but his passing was sometimes a bit wayward.

CM: Eric Dier – 6/10

The midfield convert shone on international duty, but occasionally struggled with the incredible pace of this game. Could not keep up with Coutinho for Liverpool’s goal and looked shattered by the end.

CM: Mousa Dembele – 9/10

In contrast, the Belgian set the standards for the physicality of the encounter. He absolutely bossed the midfield in the second half, and never lost a 50-50 tackle. Probably the best player on the park.

AMR: Son Heung-Min – 5/10

The South Korean took the place of Erik Lamela but has not yet physically adapted to English football as the Argentine has – eventually. Had one decent, but difficult, chance, which he volleyed wide.

AMC: Dele Alli – 6/10

Another one who could not match the heights of his England display. Don’t get me wrong, Alli is still the absolute business, but he wasn’t quite at it today. His touch wasn’t sharp and he didn’t look like scoring.

AML: Christian Eriksen – 7/10

Came alive in the final half an hour after previously allowing the game to drift him by. Beautiful lifted pass to supply Alli with a chance for a winner, but Spurs will need more from him in the title run-in.

Harry Kane Tottenham v Liverpool

ST: Harry Kane – 8/10

Ran his socks off all day and, after squandering two good first-half openings, he still had the sharpness and confidence to take his equaliser with one of the best two-touch finishes you will see this season.


Nacer Chadli – 6/10

Made a slight difference off the bench – going forward and with two important defensive interventions.

Ryan Mason – N/a

Replaced Alli inside the final five minutes. Not on long enough to make an impact.

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