Spurs lose against Liverpool despite a determined display

Spurs were beaten 1-2 against Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Sunday evening in their latest Premier League match.

The Reds went two goals up through Mo Salah (11’, 40’). Harry Kane (70’) gave Spurs fans hope with his 11th goal of the season, but despite their best efforts, the Lilywhites came away with nothing.

Match Review – Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool

Ahead of the match, Spurs sat in third place in the Premier League on 26 points, and a win would have strengthened their chances of securing European football again next season.

Meanwhile, Liverpool were in 9th, knowing a win would significantly narrow the gap between themselves and the top six.

It was the visitors who had the first chance of the game when Darwin Nunez made a powerful run into the box, forcing Hugo Lloris into a spectacular save.

Unfortunately for Spurs fans, it was The Reds who scored the opening goal. A pass inside the penalty area from Nunez found Salah who fired a low shot into the net.

Tottenham went agonisingly close to equalising just a few minutes later when Ivan Perisic beat Liverpool’s keeper Alisson to the ball but saw his header hit the post.

There were calls for the Lilywhites to be awarded a penalty when Ryan Sessegnon looked to have been pushed over in the box by Trent Alexander-Arnold, but all protests were waved away.

An unfortunate error from Eric Dier allowed Salah to run in and score Liverpool’s second goal and his sixth of the 2022/23 Premier League campaign.

The start of the second half saw Perisic denied again, this time by the crossbar.

Spurs did get some reward for their hard work and determination as the returning Dejan Kulusevski played a great pass through to Harry Kane, who placed his shot into the far corner to half the deficit.

Conte’s team were on the front foot and tested the Reds again, with a cross finding Dier, whose header went narrowly wide.

Eventually, time ran out before Spurs could find an equaliser.

Spurs v Liverpool Match Facts & Reaction

Possession in the match was close, with Spurs having 47% compared to Liverpool’s 53%.

The fight from Tottenham certainly shows as they created more chances than their visitors with fourteen shots compared with thirteen for Liverpool.

The two teams were close in terms of shots on target, with Spurs having 5 compared to 6 for The Reds.

Head Coach Antonio Conte said: “I have to consider the whole game and if we consider only the result, then we can think the first half was bad but, honestly, the first half wasn’t bad, in my opinion.

“Tonight, the performance was really good. The players gave me everything on the pitch and I think our fans appreciated a lot, the effort.

“To play a game like this against a team like Liverpool who, in the last few years, have dominated with Manchester City, Premier League and Champions League, has to give us a lot of strength.”

Source: tottenhamhotspur.com

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