Yesterday, Tottenham and Liverpool played out an entertaining 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane.
I have previously commented on the need for consistency at Anfield, and I still believe this may be Liverpool’s Achilles heel. Although, yesterday I saw glimpses of what Liverpool could be this season.
In the first 60 minutes, Liverpool were in complete control.They had got themselves in front just before half-time, from a James Milner penalty after Erika Lamela had fouled Phillipe Coutinho.
Michel Vorm had earlier made a great save with his legs to deny Coutinho opening the scoring.
Liverpool thought they had killed the game off after Sadio Mane scored after a pass from Adam Lallana. However, Lallana was judged to be offside and the goal was disallowed.
After the hour mark, Spurs woke from their slumber and Toby Alderwierld focused a good save from Simon Mignolet, then a cross from Eric Dier was met at the back post by Danny Rose, who controlled it well and sneak the ball low into the near post.
In the first 60 minutes, Liverpool were lively on the ball and when they lost it they pressed Spurs brilliantly, which meant Spurs couldn’t get their usually slick passing going and really struggled to get a foothold in the game.
Liverpool are making progress under Klopp and, in parts, it was the best I had seen Liverpool play for a while. However, Liverpool had Spurs on their knees and couldn’t strike the final blow and this ultimately cost them.
Tottenham have made a lacklustre start to the campaign, even though they haven’t lost so far this season, they struggled throughout the game yesterday and were outplayed by Liverpool at times.
Harry Kane looks like he’s struggling to clear the failure at the Euro’s from his mind and was substituted when Spurs were looking for a winner.
Moussa Dembele’s creativity was missed yesterday, hiss ability to control a game from midfield is something Spurs needed. If Dembele had started, Liverpool wouldn’t have had so much control throughout the game.
Spurs do need to improve, but in Pochettino’s they have a determined, intelligent manager who can get the best out of the Spurs players and lead them back into the top 4.