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Player ratings: Tottenham and Liverpool share the spoils in a stupendously crazy 90 minutes

Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur played out one of the games of the season with the result finishing 2-2.

Harry Kane put the hosts in front after being slipped through on goal by Tanguy Ndombele. 

Ten minutes before half-time Liverpool hit back through a glorious Diogo Jota header after a lovely cross from Andy Robertson.

In the second half Klopp’s side finally took the lead in the 69th minute as Robertson himself got his head onto a ball which was fired across by Trent Alexander-Arnold.

However, that lead was very short lived as five minutes later Heung-Min Son latched onto a pass that Alisson Becker missed and had an empty net to pass the ball into.

That tells only half the story though as there was several controversial refereeing decisions with Paul Tierney having a poor game and VAR having an even worse game.

There was a red card challenge from Harry Kane which didn’t get a second look on the screen, a blatant penalty on Jota which didn’t get a second look then a bad challenge from goal scorer Robertson which did get a second look on the screen and given as a red card.

So, no consistency at all which is such a massive issue with the officiating in the Premier League.

As well as all that there was some worldly saves from Alisson to deny Dele Alli and Harry Kane whilst Hugo Lloris also made a massive save to deny Alexander-Arnold.

A game which as a neutral makes you love the sport.

If you aren’t a neutral, it was a game which would have made your blood boil.

A Christmas special you could say.

Player ratings:

Alisson: 7.5

The save to deny Alli was one of the best you will see. The anticipation to stop Kane after Alli had squared it was incredible but his costly error gifted Spurs their equaliser.

Trent Alexander-Arnold: 7

Was very unlucky to not get another goal with two impressive saves from Lloris in the first half. Got another assist for Robertson but had some issues with Alli coming in off the left flank.

Joel Matip: 6

Was left isolated in the first half up against either Son or Kane but done well enough. Went on some mazy dribbling runs as per usual.

Ibrahim Konate: 7

Goal saving challenge to stop Kane open the scoring but then soon after he could arguably have done better with the goal. Was an accomplished performance looks very good every time he plays.

Andy Robertson: 7

Would have got a ten if he didn’t do that ludicrous challenge that got him the red card. Brilliant assist and a poacher like header for the goal.

Tyler Morton: 5

A baptism of fire to say the least. Didn’t do a lot wrong just couldn’t protect Konate and Matip as much as Fabinho or Henderson does which is understandable.

James Milner: 5

Always puts in a shift but was very sloppy on the ball losing possession 18 times. Would have been tough for him having not played 90 minutes for a while. Some important tackles late on when he dropped deep after the red card.

Naby Keita: 5

All of the midfielders didn’t have an excellent performance which was expected due to them getting thrown in together after the COVID cases. Keita was probably the best of the lot with some good ball retention and carrying.

Mohamed Salah: 3

The first game all season in which he was totally ineffective. Couldn’t influence the match at all.

Diogo Jota: 6

The header was finely placed delicately in the top left-hand corner. Nearly got another at the start of the second half. 

Sadio Mane: 5

Was a constant threat but the back five of Tottenham nullified him well.


Roberto Firmino (Tyler Morton 60): 5

Couldn’t have an impact and when Robertson was sent off was asked to just defend.

Kostas Tsimikas (Sadio Mane 82): 4

Helped out the defence, could have got an assist if he squared the ball to Salah earlier after an exquisite ball from Alisson in injury time.

Joe Gomez (Diogo Jota 90): N/A

Touched the ball twice

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