Tottenham deal Liverpool title blow with Anfield draw
Liverpool came from behind to move top of the table with a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Anfield but this was still a setback for their Premier League title hopes.
Heung-Min Son’s goal early in the second half had threatened to bring a first Premier League home defeat of the season for Jurgen Klopp’s side, before Luis Diaz levelled things up late on. But two points dropped puts Manchester City in charge in the title race.
The defending champions can move three points clear with three games to play with a win over Newcastle on Sunday. And though Liverpool will be disappointed with that outcome, Spurs worked hard to earn the point that takes them within one of fourth-placed Arsenal.
The pattern was set from the start, Liverpool dominating possession and Spurs threatening on the counter-attack. Mohamed Salah, on his 250th appearance for the club, had a shot deflected wide, while Harry Kane had an attempt blocked by Jordan Henderson.
Liverpool’s best chances of the first half came from the head of Virgil van Dijk – both from left-wing corners. He missed the target with the first when left free before striking the crossbar with a more difficult chance towards the end of the opening 45 minutes.
Pressure appeared to be building when the impressive Diaz played a smart one-two and forced Hugo Lloris into a save but Spurs went up the other end and promptly struck the foot of Alisson’s right post through Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s drilled shot from distance.
But Spurs had other ideas. Harry Kane found space for the first time in the match, fed Ryan Sessegnon on the flank and the young wing-back kept a cool head to find Son unmarked in the middle of the penalty box to slide beyond Alisson and silence most of Anfield.
Klopp turned to his bench, bringing on Diogo Jota for Henderson, but with Tottenham defending so deep it was awkward for Liverpool to find any openings. When Salah thought he had, his fierce shot was heroically blocked by Ben Davies.
When the 73rd minute equaliser did come, it was via a deflection. Unfortunate for Rodrigo Bentancur and Spurs but no more than Diaz deserved for being the most enterprising player on the pitch for much of the game. It restored belief that the game could still be won.
But Spurs held firm, their fans chanting Conte’s name throughout, and Cristian Romero up to anything that Liverpool threw at him, with the Kop begging for the ball to hit the net again. It did not. And their hopes of that historic Quadruple may have all but gone.