Spurs 2:2 Liverpool: A brilliant Tottenham display after an absence of games

If you didn’t catch the Spurs v Liverpool match last night then you certainly missed a trick as this may have been the most exciting Premier League clash this year so far.

Tottenham Hotspur went into the match following a string of postponements due to a Covid-19 outbreak that ravaged the first-team squad and many of the coaches. However, one could argue that it gave Spurs more time to train under Conte and become more comfortable with the new manager’s style of play. They looked more than comfortable. If Harry Kane was in the form he was in last year, Tottenham could have won by three or four.

The result means that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool drop a full three points behind PL leaders Man City. Tottenham Hotspur sit 7th. They’re six points off Arsenal in 4th but have three games in hand of the top four teams. Antonio Conte continues to impress and has extended his unbeaten Premier League run against a very worthy adversary.

A thrilling contest in North London

Gary Neville described this matchup as ‘one of the best I’ve ever seen’ as both sides left nothing on the field. Harry Kane opened the scoring with a fantastic finish across the mouth of the goal. Set up perfectly by Tanguy Ndombele, this was one of Kane’s many chances to deliver on Sunday evening. Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli both also missed excellent chances to double the lead in the 20 or so minutes that followed.

Whilst Liverpool’s defence looked on the ropes at times, their attacking capabilities were on show in full force. Diogo Jota levelled the score with an incredible header following a pin-point cross from Andrew Robertson.

Harry Kane was shown a yellow card for a ferocious tackle on the Scotland captain, Robertson; a tackle which he defended after the game. It was late and it was studs up, but the officials ruled that it was only a yellow offence. Klopp also wanted a penalty after Royal challenged Jota in the area. Klopp was also shown a yellow for his fiery protestations on the touchlines.

Spurs missed some excellent chances to take all three points

In the second half, Harry Kane certainly could have bagged a couple of more goals if he had his shooting boots on. He missed some major chances. The visitors then took the lead courtesy of a Trent-Robbo link-up. But Spurs never gave up. They showed their fans true character and levelled almost instantly through Heung Min Son on his 300th club appearance. Alisson’s mistake cost his side, and Son gently delivered the ball into an empty net.

Andy Robertson then tried to take a chunk out of Royal’s leg in the 77th minute. His reward? A red card following a VAR review of the incident.

Judging by the reaction on Twitter, instead of concerning themselves over dropped points, the majority of Spurs fans are overwhelmed to see the excellent performance of their players. Have Spurs got their mojo back under Conte? He’s certainly done an excellent job so far.

The Spurs starting XI

GK

Lloris

DEF

Royal
Dier
Sanchez
Daviews

MDF

Ndombele
Winks
Alli
Sessegnon
Son

FWD

Kane

The manager’s thoughts

Antonio Conte claimed that,

“I haven’t seen the Robertson situation with Kane. I haven’t seen the possibility of a penalty. My staff said to me that the second goal was a clear handball. And I think it’s not right to comment on the refereeing decisions after the game. I don’t know if Jurgen wanted to comment on this, but I can tell you that my staff said to me it was incredible to give it, and not disallow it, because there was a clear handball from Salah.

“But the game was an exciting game, there were great emotions from the people. I don’t like that we have to speak about the refereeing decisions at the end.”

What’s next for Tottenham Hotspur?

Subject to change due to potential Covid-19 postponements, Spurs are playing in the EFL Cup Quarter-Final against London rivals West Ham on Wednesday 22nd December.

They’re then at home again on Boxing Day against Crystal Palace, and then away two days later against Southampton.

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