08 May 2022 | 08:20
Tottenham blew a big hole in Liverpool’s Premier League – and quadrupled – hopes as Son Heung-min’s 20th goal of the season secured a 1-1 draw at Anfield to give them the edge. Manchester City.
Despite Luis Diaz’s 74th-minute equalizer and coach Jurgen Klopp’s bankruptcy, knowing they had no other choice, the hosts are now demanding their title competitors lose one of their four games. their rest.
Although the points have left Liverpool at the top of the table, it is only thanks to a goal difference of more than one goal and Pep Guardiola’s men will take a clear three points with a home win over Newcastle on Sunday.
The draw also did little to help Spurs’ hopes of finishing in the top four as they were still behind north London rivals Arsenal, who host struggling Leeds hours before City kicks off.
Liverpool’s chance at overhauling Man City, the title-only team to focus on after a dramatic Champions League defeat to Real Madrid in midweek, in this thrilling race is always balancing on a knife-edge for them. know that a slip could mean their hope. end.
Tottenham are seen as the biggest challenger of their remaining four games and so it proved when Antonio Conte brought to Anfield a disciplined play plan.
Tactics were evident from the front – five at full-back, four in midfield, attacking with Mohamed Salah and Diaz and finding a way to attack the space behind the opponent’s full-backs. , especially Andy Robertson.
That’s fine in theory, but Liverpool’s possession is at its best all season and Spurs have barely enjoyed a moment of peace.
The three biggest cheers in the first 12 minutes were for team coordination to recover a lost ball, Trent Alexander-Arnold beat Harry Kane with a corner in front of The Kop and Jordan Henderson slipped in to block the shot. Kane’s shot from a rare Spurs back.
Tottenham’s plan also relies on them not conceding a goal in dangerous areas, but that’s easier said than done, as Virgil Van Dijk’s header misses the mark from a corner and hits the crossbar. at the end of the first half.
Hugo Lloris only managed to knock off Ryan Sessegnon’s header past goal with Salah lurking, while the France keeper also came down fine to blow a low Diaz effort after a quick exchange with Sadio. Mane.
Any attempt by Tottenham saw Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg hit Alisson’s right post from a distance, although the Liverpool keeper looked like he covered it all the way.
But the visitors decided to extend the game in the second half and it paid off in the 56th minute when Kane was allowed to run from deep and knock Sessegnon off the left side of the box and his low cross was delivered. by Son in the far post.
The South Korean became the fifth Spurs player to score more than 20 Premier League goals in a single season, after Teddy Sheringham, Jurgen Klinsmann, Gareth Bale and Kane.
Ibrahima Konate headed high while Liverpool continued to squander chances in the match, while fortunately escaped another goal when Son turned from close range.
Almost immediately Klopp switched to a 4-2-4 formation, replacing Henderson with striker Diogo Jota and introducing Kostas Tsimikas at left-back to the weary Robertson.
Ben Davies’ save save to repulse Salah’s shot looked like a pivotal moment, but with 16 minutes remaining, Diaz’s low shot deflected from Rodrigo Bentancur and went wide of the right post. by Lloris.
Anfield blew up and, encouraged by the ruckus, the hosts redoubled their efforts.
Conte tossed in Davison Sanchez in place of Sessegnon and later on, more defensively Harry Winks replaced Dejan Kulusevski, but surprisingly Liverpool didn’t test Lloris as much as they had hoped and as the moment passed, hope for fame. Their brand seems to have exploded.