Player Ratings: Liverpool 2–2 Tottenham

Liverpool

Loris Karius – 6

So close to becoming the hero, albeit thanks to Kane’s scuffed first penalty, but could not repeat the feat with the game’s final act – overall, showed signs of growing confidence.

Trent Alexander-Arnold – 7

On the ball he was adventurous and precise with his passing, in defence his contribution was crucial with sliding interceptions and, in the first-half particularly, plenty of energy.

Virgil van Dijk – 7

He was dominant in both penalty areas and could have twice doubled Liverpool’s lead but mistimed his headers – he led the rearguard action in the second-half but will rue the final challenge on Lamela.

Dejan Lovren – 6

Faced up to his bogeyman in Kane and for the large part contained him well but he made one costly error in the final minutes to allow Spurs a share of the points.

Andrew Robertson – 7

Was up against Trippier and he enjoyed the tussle – was energetic on the right and provided a number of good crosses.

James Milner – 6

Provided some good balls from set pieces but was not duly dispatched by his colleagues, in possession he was tidy and neat if not spectacular.

Jordan Henderson – 7

Kept breaking up play and frustrated Spurs when they did look to burst forward in the first-half – only lasted 65 minutes as he is still regaining full fitness.

Emre Can – 7

He dominated the midfield for the first-half, collecting and distributing the ball with ease in a crowded area, but in the second-half, he noticeably dropped in both terms of dynamism and quality.

Mohamed Salah – 8

Scored twice – one in the third minute after pouncing on a loose Dier pass and another in stoppage time with a sublime solo effort – and his overall contribution was good and aggressive.

Roberto Firmino – 7

His constant movement made it difficult for the Tottenham defenders to pick him up, despite that for large parts of the match he was left rather isolated but still provided telling contributions.

Sadio Mane – 5

When he received the ball too often he slowed the game down and wanted too many touches in the attacking areas – his lack of confidence was apparent when time after time he made the wrong decision when Liverpool attacked.

Tottenham

Hugo Lloris6

Went down to early for Salah’s early goal and at times his distribution was weak – still made some good saves to keep Spurs in the match.

Kieran Trippier – 6

Got forward well but struggled to contain Salah – occasionally he looked lost and was caught out of position.

Jan Vertonghen – 6

Was a difficult afternoon and in the first-half he appeared disorientated with Liverpool’s forwards constantly interchanging – improved in the second-half but wasn’t tested nearly as much.

Davinson Sanchez – 4

Struggled and couldn’t cope with Liverpool’s front three – was substituted early on.

Ben Davies – 6

Was eager to get forward but this at times left Spur’s defence vulnerable – was rash in a few challenges and was lucky not to see a yellow card.

Eric Dier – 6

His wayward pass led to Salah’s opener and in the opening period he was overrun – but played a big role in Spurs’ increased domination in the second-half.

Moussa Dembele – 7

Was Tottenham’s best player and was vital to their increase in tempo and quality after the break – his passing and distribution often didn’t get the finish they deserved.

Christian Eriksen – 6

Was on the periphery for much of the match and his creativity was lacking, improved slightly as the game progressed but did contribute much of note.

Dele Alli – 6

His performance in the first-half resembled that of his team – quiet, timid, and sloppy – after the break he became more involved and instigated more and more attacking plays, was booked for simulation in the penalty area.

Harry Kane – 7

For much of the match he was not up to the standard we are accustomed to, mainly because he was left isolated, but when it counted in the final 10 minutes he responded – scored the second penalty after missing the first, it was an example of his character and composure.

Son Heung-Min – 6

Had a wonderful chance to score when he raced through on goal and tried to poke the ball beyond Karius – overall, he was fairly quiet.

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Oliver Miller
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