PLAYER RATINGS: TOTTENHAM 2-2 LIVERPOOL
Liverpool went away to Spurs and battled to a 2-2 draw this evening. The Reds fell behind to a Kane strike before replying through a Jota header. Second half they edged infront through Robertson before Son pulled Spurs back level. Robertson then got sent off but Liverpool held on for a point. Read on for player ratings from the game.
Alisson – 8
Hard to rate Alisson tonight because on the one hand he made a string of saves he had no right to make, keeping his side in the game. On the other hand, his error allowed Son to equalise after he charged out and missed the ball completely. Life of a goalkeeper right there, an unbelievable performance ruined by one error.
That save from Alli was ridiculous. Stopped Kane when he looked set to score too. Swept up behind his defence well bar that late error. Played one astonishing diagonal to put Tsimikas in behind the Spurs backline in injury time. He is a key reason his side didn’t lose.
Alexander-Arnold – 8
First half he was unbelievable. Put one on a plate for Robertson early on and then went close himself with a stinging left footed shot. Tested Lloris again with a sweet volley and was on hand to sweep a loose ball to Robertson for the second. Another assist. Second half he tired quickly and Spurs kept targeting his side. First half he was our best player, second half he faded late on.
Matip – 6.5
All over the place at times tonight. Spurs’ game plan wasn’t rocket science, constant long balls in behind the high line. Matip never really switched on to it, allowing Son to get in behind him time and again. Second half he got tighter and won the ball high up the pitch as he strode forward. One of these days he has to shoot once he dribbles all the way into the box.
Konaté – 7
Thought he was strong throughout. Blocked a Kane effort early on but couldn’t get the block in for his goal. Battled well with Kane throughout and made a few important clearances, one right under his own bar. Stood up really well to the late onslaught.
Robertson – 7.5
Should have scored early on when he nodded wide with Lloris rooted. Most of his deliveries were poor, straight at Emerson till he finally hooked one into a dangerous area for Jota to equalise. He got a goal with a stooping header from about two yards out but then undid all that good work with a brainless swipe at Emerson that saw him sent off.
He should know better than to let his emotions get the best of him there. He had been taken out by Kane first half in a challenge that merited a red card. He had quite the night tonight as it was he who played Kane onside for Spurs’ first goal.
Morton – 5
Started well actually, passed it round neat and tidy with no problems. Then Spurs kept hitting us on the counter and he couldn’t really get near anyone. Almost played us into trouble when he chested a ball down and lost the challenge to Kane as they broke again. A real lesson for him tonight. Played one lovely diagonal to almost put Salah in.
Milner – 6
On the ball I thought he was poor first half, his passing wasn’t great. He was part of a midfield that didn’t really work. Second half he improved and saved the team a number of times with some crucial challenges after tracking his runner. A backs to the wall performance from him but not enough quality going forward.
Keita – 5.5
Ducked out of a 50-50 with Winks and two passes later, Spurs were ahead. He looked lightweight at times, and was driven to distraction by the Spurs press. There were a few catchy moments when he drove forward with the ball. Should have gotten more behind a weak shot from the edge of the box that Lloris somehow failed to catch. Gave the ball away cheaply at times.
Salah – 5
Not in the game at all, kept quiet by Sessegnon and Davies. Never really got into it. Had a chance to score when a cross came to him at the backpost but he somehow handled instead. The ball broke to Trent who crossed for Robertson to put us infront. Luckily VAR didn’t rule it out for handball. That should have been meat and drink for a player of his ability. He really missed Henderson’s driving runs outside of him to create space.
Jota – 8
Was very quiet till he popped up with the equaliser, another impressive header. It was brilliant, as he sent the ball back from whence it came. Almost scored with another great leap but the header went just past the top corner. Worked his socks off and was the only one really driving at them when we went down to ten men.
Mané – 5.5
A very frustrating player he can be at times. Constantly beat Emerson and even got him booked but the final ball was never there. Got into several dangerous positions but never really made any use of it. That being said, it was his run and cross that set off the chain reaction for Jota’s equaliser.
Firmino – 5
Looked very rusty as his very first touch in the game saw the ball bounce off him and out of play for a throw. Didn’t really do much when he came on. Pressed well.
Tsimikas – 5.5
Had chances to deliver into the box but with no one to really aim for, he couldn’t quite manage it. Should have done better with Alisson’s pickout late on as he took a second too long and saw his cross blocked by Sanchez.
On to shore things up in added time.
With his entire first choice midfield out, he took the brave decision to hand young Tyler Morton his full PL debut. It wasn’t a decision that paid off though as his midfield struggled throughout the game. Brought Firmino on and switched to a 4-2-3-1 which worked as we took the lead. After going a man down he was in containment mode, taking off Jota and Mané as he accepted the point. Can’t blame him.
2 thoughts on “PLAYER RATINGS: TOTTENHAM 2-2 LIVERPOOL”
I think Alisson was excellent yesterday, the defense didn’t give him much of a choice to stay back, he couldn’t trust them.
Konate was solid though, if he Had had a Fabinho in front of him he’d be okay, then we would worry about Matip, he was supposed to be the experienced one.
The midfield was poor, Morton was overwhelmed by the match, keita’s lack of fitness and Milner’s age all affected us.
Salah was kept quiet, Mane and his personal decisions.
I think Jota is a goal machine, always finds a way to score.
I’ll accept the 1 point and move on, it could have been worse.
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