Liverpool earned themselves a point at White Hart Lane today. Unfortunately, we probably could have had all three but things didn’t go as they had been going earlier this season. Liverpool have been scoring a minimum of 4 goals in games that they scored at least once in, against sides including Barcelona, Arsenal and Burton Albion. Tottenham broke the 4 goal minimum streak though as Liverpool only managed to get one goal in London.
Our manager gave fans good news as the lineup was announced to have Coutinho in it, who had just been recovering from an injury in a recent fixture. Klavan did not feature in the squad at all, with Matip and Lovren in central defence and Moreno on the substitute bench. As expected, James Milner continues to feature at left back and was a major part of why we got a point from this game. More about that soon.
Jurgen Klopp’s first ever game in charge of Liverpool was also a draw against Tottenham, a result which he and many of the Liverpool fans considered to be worthy of a Premier League manager. This time around though, Liverpool had taken the lead first and later lost it so it seems more like dropping 2 points than gaining one. With all the improvements made to the squad since Klopp arrived surely, he could have improved on the result he could possibly get?
Liverpool pushed forwards and attacked over and over from the start. Spurs’ defence seemed strong though we were making enough offensive plays to break through their defensive wall, eventually. I personally had confidence that we would score more than one goal, which seemed likely given our record against teams like Arsenal. There would eventually be a goal scored by Liverpool near the end of the first half.
It would in fact be a penalty that gave Liverpool the lead. Roberto Firmino had been brought down in the penalty area and Milner stepped up to take the spot kick.
Cool and calm under the pressure, Milner would choose to shoot the ball left and the Spurs goalkeeper had already chosen his place to dive to, but not the correct way. So by half time, the score was Tottenham 0-1 Liverpool.
Tottenham had made their attacks but most of them weren’t pressuring our goalkeeper, the Liverpool defence were dealing well with anything that came their way. It took the home side 72 minutes to find themselves a goal, in fact.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side finally made one of their attacks count as just after Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet had saved superbly from Toby Alderweireld’s header, Rose arrived at the far post to claim Eric Dier’s crossed ball and fire in a low finish to earn Spurs a point. Liverpool did have 20 to 25 minutes to find another goal, but never would. Many Reds fans would have been expecting to see Liverpool score 4 yet again so were waiting for the next 3 goals, but they never happened.
This is probably the biggest let down of the season so far, more disappointing than losing to Burnley even. We had expected more from the team today, I think. We never seemed to reach peak performance, like the performances which had seen us claim victory against strong sides such as Arsenal and Barcelona. Had we played that well, victory would have been assured and more goals scored. So, what went wrong?
Well, the referee wasn’t exactly making it easy for us, which isn’t uncommon in away games. The home side often gets better treatment from match officials. Today, Liverpool had a goal disallowed which was very controversial. As a cross came over Adam Lallana and went to Sadio Mane, who scored from his shot the linesman would raise his flag, claiming that Adam Lallana had been offside.
Mane definitely isnt offside here, he’s got his hand in the air, asking for the ball to be crossed to him (his request is accepted and the ball is crossed). Adam Lallana is the player running on what seems to be level footing with the Tottenham defender, they’re both standing on the edge of the penalty area – the players have a foot on the white line there and neither is ahead of the other. I cannot see how this is offside, though the flag was rasied and Liverpool’s second goal of the game denied. With it, we surely would have won (Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool).
Also, Daniel Sturridge wasn’t really used to his full potential. I mean he played, but giving him three minutes of extra time at the end of the second half isn’t the right way to use him. Sure, he scored two goals against Burton Albion in about 20 minutes, but asking for the same kind of results in THREE minutes? The manager should have brought him on much earlier.
Klopp had an opportunity to change Coutinho for Sturridge around the 70 minute mark but he opted to bring on Divock Origi, much to the shock of Sturridge who was watching on the sidelines. You could see the disbelief and unhappiness at the manager’s choice on his face as the Belgian striker came on instead of Daniel. Many fans would likely agree with Sturridge and would have rather seen a 20 minute appearance from the already proven English striker. If you don’t give him enough time, he just won’t be able to change the draw we were looking likely to get into a win which would have been ideal today.
Man of The Match?
James Milner has been chosen for a defensive position recently but also has proven to be versatile and can apply his talents to a part of the attacking force in our team. Opponents won’t know if he’ll be part of the back 4 they’ll have to get past if they want to test our goalkeeper or if they’ll have to deal with his runs and tackles and crosses and set pieces further down the pitch as they defend. The penalty was well taken, Milner just kept his cool under pressure and shot the ball into the net, sending the goalkeeper the wrong way. Didn’t really expect him to be the only goalscorer of the day, but his goal was eventually required to gather even the single point we claimed from Tottenham and without it, we’d have likely lost 1-0. I feel confident while having Milner in the side from the start of the game, he’s a hard worker that welcomes playing for 90 minutes and contributes greatly to the team effort. Well done, James.
Liverpool have to wait until Septemeber 10th, which is when we’ll have a Premier League HOME GAME against Leicester. Yes, the newly renovated main stand will be full of Reds fans and we’ll all be looking to watch Liverpool win at Anfield from a whole new perspective inside of the stadium.
Until then, walk on with hope in your hearts, Anfield Family. You’ll Never Walk Alone.
[written by] Stuart Drewery.
I’m an Englishman (born and raised in Liverpool in the 80s). My whole family including my parents and grandparents were Liverpool fans so I was born into being a red.
I’ve seen Liverpool win the league (more than 25 years ago) and I’ve been 100% loyal and committed while supporting the Reds through all the good times AND the bad times since the 80s.