Possibly the Quadruple was at all times an inconceivable dream. Possibly it was at all times an insane ambition foisted on this Liverpool workforce by others. However because it slipped a bit additional away from Liverpool at Anfield final evening, Jurgen Klopp’s facet fought in opposition to the dying of it with each ounce of power and each second of fury and each little bit of defiance they may muster.
Trailing to a fairly sensible Son Heung-min counter-attacking purpose from Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool drew stage by way of Luis Diaz after which threw every thing they may at their guests in the hunt for the winner. However Spurs wouldn’t yield and as Liverpool supporters pleaded and beseeched and begged for the winner, time ran out. Manchester Metropolis, licking their wounds on their retreat from Madrid, are that bit nearer to successful the Premier League.
Liverpool’s 1-1 draw with Antonio Conte’s facet took them again to the highest of the desk however solely on purpose distinction. And if Metropolis, who’ve a sport in hand, can get better from the shock of that traumatic Champions League defeat within the Bernabeu and beat a resurgent Newcastle United on the Etihad this afternoon, they are going to be three factors clear with three video games to play.
Mohamed Salah was left pissed off as Liverpool’s title probabilities suffered a blow of their draw in opposition to Tottenham at Anfield
Trent Alexander-Arnold couldn’t assist however look downbeat, understanding that the Reds have handed Manchester Metropolis a bonus
‘It is a crucial level as a result of it is one level greater than earlier than,’ Klopp insisted of the end result in opposition to Spurs. He conceded that he couldn’t see Metropolis dropping factors however he mentioned he couldn’t perceive the funereal response to the draw. ‘It’s the first little stone thrown our manner,’ he mentioned. ‘We won’t cease combating in each sport.’
This was only a sport too far for Liverpool, who seemed low on power and invention in opposition to a well-drilled, intelligent Spurs workforce for whom this draw was a fillip of their battle with Arsenal for a Champions League place. That battle could also be determined on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on Thursday within the North London derby and this end result means Spurs will go into it in good coronary heart.
Liverpool gave every thing – and we’ll wait to see fairly how broken Metropolis are by occasions in Spain – however this was the primary time both of the 2 groups who’ve been duelling for the league had blinked. Win had adopted win had adopted win. It was relentless however in Spurs, Liverpool got here up in opposition to an opponent who wouldn’t yield and wouldn’t be overawed.
Virgil van Dijk had certainly one of Liverpool’s finest probabilities within the first half as his header from a nook skimmed the crossbar
Son Heung-min gave Tottenham the lead 11 minutes after half-time as he completed off a neat transfer by Antonio Conte’s facet
It was the South Korean’s twentieth Premier League purpose of the season – his highest tally since becoming a member of Tottenham seven years in the past
Liverpool play Aston Villa away on Tuesday, Southampton away and Wolves at house. They need to win all of them and hope that Metropolis lose certainly one of their matches in opposition to Newcastle, Wolves away, West Ham away and Aston Villa at house. Metropolis broke in Madrid however will they break in Manchester on Sunday or Wolverhampton or at The London Stadium or in opposition to Steven Gerrard’s Villa? Pep Guardiola and his gamers desperately wanted a fillip and this end result might have given it to them.
Liverpool subjected Spurs to intense strain from the kick-off however everybody knew this was a harmful match. The roars of the followers had been deafening as the house workforce surged ahead time after time. However whilst they attacked, some worries lingered among the many house supporters. Spurs would possibly simply be the perfect workforce within the league on the counter-attack.
Actually, it’s onerous to think about a pairing as fast, as intelligent and as attuned to one another’s runs and actions and ideas as Harry Kane and Son. Dejan Kulusevski has change into a keen foil to their rapier thrusts ahead and Spurs made it clear early on that that they had not come to Merseyside as Liverpool’s patsies.
Spurs have discovered the key to unpicking Manchester Metropolis already and as Liverpool dominated the early levels, there have been moments of alarm when Spurs broke ahead. Kane crossed for Son within the seventh minute, forcing Alisson to hurry from his line and 7 minutes after that, Liverpool had been indebted to an excellent block by Jordan Henderson when Kane fired a left-foot shot goalwards.
Liverpool’s first probability didn’t come till halfway by way of the primary half and that was from a set piece. Henderson pressured a nook, on the expense of a nasty blow on the ankle from a scything sort out by Cristian Romero, and when Andy Robertson swung it over from the left, Virgil van Dijk rose majestically on the again put up however his header went narrowly over the bar.
Liverpool January recruit Luis Diaz bought his facet stage with a strike from outdoors the field which deflected off Rodrigo Bentancur
The Colombian took on the mantle of Liverpool’s most harmful attacking risk at Anfield on a quiet evening for Salah
Six minutes later, Liverpool went shut once more. In his haste to defend a cross, Ryan Sessegnon bought to the ball in entrance of Henderson however inadvertently looped a header in the direction of the again put up the place Salah was ready. Hugo Lloris flung himself to his proper and tipped the ball away from the Liverpool ahead, the newly topped FWA Footballer of the Yr.
Liverpool had been struggling to make probabilities from open play however seven minutes earlier than half-time, they practically scored from one other nook. As soon as once more, Van Dijk rose highest within the field to satisfy the kick, this time from Trent Alexander-Arnold, and this time his header clipped the highest of the crossbar. Two minutes later, Lloris saved properly from Diaz.
However the Spurs risk was nonetheless there and a minute later, it was the guests who practically took the lead. Son broke from midfield however when he was confronted by Van Dijk, he performed the ball sq. to Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg. Hojbjerg steadied himself after which unleashed a vicious, skimming low drive that evaded Alisson’s proper hand however bounced to security off the skin of the put up.
Liverpool pushed for a successful purpose after Diaz’s equaliser, however they may not discover one as Tottenham defended strongly
Jurgen Klopp celebrated Liverpool’s purpose in trademark type, however in the end he can be disenchanted with the end result
Twelve minutes after half time, the worst fears of Liverpool’s followers had been confirmed when Spurs broke once more. Emerson Royal launched a protracted ball out of defence that appeared to pose little hazard however Kane introduced it down superbly and superior on purpose. He thought of taking pictures however laid the ball broad to Sessegnon and Sessegnon drilled an ideal cross into the trail of Son, who turned it over the road.
The Spurs followers behind that purpose within the Anfield Street Finish went wild. It was solely the second purpose – after Milot Rashica’s strike for Norwich on February nineteenth – that Liverpool have conceded at house within the Premier League this 12 months. And two minutes later, Spurs practically scored once more when Sessegnon mixed once more with Son. This time, Sessegnon’s contact was a bit heavy and the ball bounced off Son’s foot and behind for a purpose kick.
Now it was just like the Alamo. Liverpool threw every thing at Spurs. And Spurs repelled every thing as finest they may. Ben Davies produced an incredible diving block to disclaim Salah, defender after defender flung themselves in entrance of the ball. It felt for some time as if their defence wouldn’t be breeched.
Then, with 1 / 4 of an hour to go, Diaz bought the ball 25 yards out and danced left to proper throughout the face of the Spurs field. When he discovered area for a shot, it took a heavy deflection off Rodrigo Bentancur and span previous Lloris into the nook of the web. Invoice Shankly’s previous declare in regards to the Kop sucking pictures into the opposition purpose felt as if it had been introduced again to life.
Anfield erupted. Klopp leapt and punched and hugged on the touchline. Hope sprang anew among the many house followers. However strive as they may, they may not power the winner and Spurs spurned a golden late alternative was Hojbjerg rose to satisfy a cross unmarked six yards out however as a substitute of going for purpose, he tried to move the ball again into the trail of a teammate. Liverpool escaped however the inconceivable dream pale.
It was additionally not the best end result for Tottenham, who stay fifth within the desk forward of their assembly with Arsenal on Thursday
Re-live Sportsmail’s protection of Liverpool’s draw with Tottenham with Sportsmail’s OLLY ALLEN.