Spurs and Liverpool played out an intense 1-1 draw as Tottenham continued with a solid start to the 2016-17 campaign.
Liverpool took the lead just before half-time when James Milner netted a penalty that was wrongly given for a Lamela trip on Firmino, which was later proven to be outside of the box.
Liverpool also had the rub of the green as Robert Madley failed to send off Sadio Mané for two separate incidents that could have easily justified second yellow cards.
The second half of the match remained just as intense as the first with both teams giving everything to try and take control of a tight affair.
Liverpool appeared to have taken a two goal lead as Sadio Mané finished a quick counter attack, only for the referee’s assistant to correctly rule Adam Lallana offside in the build up.
The home team peppered Simon Mignolet’s goal with efforts across the match – drawing two saves from direct freekicks and an exceptional stop from a Toby Alderweireld header.
Spurs equalised in the 72nd minute of the match as Danny Rose overloaded the Liverpool box, arriving late and calmly slotting past the on-rushing Simon Mignolet.
Tottenham’s star man Harry Kane continued his difficult start to the season as a first-half injury to Kyle Walker pushed him into a deeper role as summer signing Vincent Janssen came on to lead the line with Dele dropping into a number eight position and Eric Dier being slotting in at right back.
Kane was removed in the 83′ minute as he again struggled in the number ten role, completing just 31% of his passes.
Both Liverpool and Spurs had chances to seal the points late on but ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Speaking to the BBC, Pochettino commented: “It was a game that if you look at the stats it was 50-50. Liverpool are a team who want to play and win titles and I think we are in the same way. It was a fair result.”
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Man of the match
Michel Vorm – the Dutchman continued to lay rest to any fears that resulted from the injury to number one and club captain Hugo Lloris with another solid display in between the sticks.
The former Swansea goalkeeper showed his exquisite distribution throughout the match, as well as regularly flying out of his box to sweep up any danger; thrice beating Liverpool’s danger man Sadio Mané to promising through balls.
He also saved brilliantly at his near post from a Philippe Coutinho effort that appeared to be a sure goal.
What’s wrong with Harry?
It’s difficult to tell. Whilst few would argue against the fact that Spurs have yet to hit their full stride during this season’s first three games, the performances of the Englishman have been quite noticeably off the one this season.
Kane seems to be facing a little difficulty acclimatising to the new role he has often had to play this season in order to accommodate for Vincent Janssen but could well be feeling a little bit of fatigue following an intense 2015-16 campaign and summer European Championship.
Harry plays best when leading the line – hopefully we will see a more regular return to this soon, considering the fact that he is undoubtedly one of the league’s best strikers.
Whatever Harry’s current issues may be, you wouldn’t anticipate that his dry spell will continue to last long into the season.
What next for Spurs?
Pochettino will have plenty to consider as his team come into a two week international break, as he continues to search for the formula that can kickstart Tottenham’s campaign and hopefully replicate the form of 2015-16.
They say that a change can be as good as a rest – hopefully the opportunity to represent their respective countries will see many of the players reinvigorated and ready to push on for the next match away to Stoke on the 10th September.
Written by Joe Thomas
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