Tottenham vs Liverpool: Matchday 3 report

TOTTENHAM V LIVERPOOL

MATCH REVIEW
STARTING XI
Both teams came into today’s fixture looking to put their uninspiring starts to the season
behind them with Liverpool the more despairing of the two hoping to get some kind of
momentum going in this new season.
Klopp stuck with the 4-3-3 formation with Mignolet looking to keep it clean between the
posts, Milner and Clyne working both full back positions, giving some wing cover for Lovren
and Matip in the center-half positions. The midfield trio of Wijnaldum, Henderson, and
Lallana got the nod to provide support to Coutinho, Firmino and Mane upfront.

Took Liverpool just 5 minutes to state their intentions with fine attacking play that saw
Firmino beat the offside trap and unselfishly set up Coutinho for a glorious chance but the
Liverpool forward could only brush the top of the ball with his strike, even then the
momentum got the ball achingly close to beating Michel Vorm who was saved by his flailing
right foot to stifle the strike.

One minute later and Tottenham won a freekick in a slightly dangerous area after Mane
fouled Danny Rose at the edge of the 18. Eriksen sent a tricky one to Mignolet’s right post
making the keeper earn his pennies with a well-timed dive that stopped the ball from going
in.
Still early in the season to make judgments but a pattern seems to be forming in Liverpool’s
style of play where they’d have long periods of dominant possession going forward but
would fizzle away as they approached the final third. Same thing played out today but we
were spared by the fact that Tottenham are suffering the same; both teams canceling each
other’s buildup
plays to keep the scoreline even at noughtall.

 

Liverpool’s right seemed to want to break out of the pattern with Mane making Michel Vorm
play the sweeper-keeper role time and again. A quick switch of roles to the left would be the
right move as Firmino got on the wrong side of Lamela down the touchline and the fullback
in his attempts to recover, accidentally clipped Firmino, the official wasting no time to point to
the spot regardless of the absence of real intention in the trip.

 

It was to be Milner vs Vorm from the penalty spot and the Englishman confidently dispatched
it into the bottom left-corner
sending the keeper the wrong way to get the Reds in front.

A bit of urgency got into Tottenham’s play as some fiery attacking ensued with the home
side looking to make some kind of impact before the halftime
whistle but it was the Reds
who went in to the break on top, having the better chances of the half through Phillipe Coutinho with the standout
player for the homeside being Michel Vorm whose smarts kept a hungry Liverpool side from scoring from open play.

 

Liverpool pretty much picked up from where they left off with Wijnaldum sending a real
bolt-cutter from 25 yards that went just inches wide of the top left of Vorms goal just two minutes in to the second half.
I pretty much jumped out of my seat at the 56th minute when some brilliant buildup play
from Liverpool resulted after intercepting the ball from a Spurs’ free kick that saw Wijnaldum
playing in Lallana with a well=whipped cross from the left that found Mane instead who
powered it into the back of the net. But the star of that move was to be the linesman who
correctly flagged Lallana offside to stop what could have been a near impervious 2goal cushion.

 

That attempt seemed to be the final wakeup
call for Pocchentino’s men as Spurs got to
winning balls, attacking and looking a bit dangerous in what was their first real period of
useful possession after an hour of play that saw Mignolet get called on to save goal attempts from Lamela and Alderweireld.
It was only a matter of time before Liverpool’s defensive errors showed under real pressure,
it’d held so far but this time Tottenham got the breakthrough as Alderweireld played Dier in
on the right and his cross bounded off the head of Lamela in the middle and into the path of
Rose, who fired a rasping left foot volley into the back of the net. Game on.
Both teams got a few halfchances
in the latter stages of the match but neither really looked
like capitalizing to take all three points as that Danny Rose volley was to be Spurs’ ticket to a
share of the spoils to take them to 6th position and Liverpool to 10th for now.

Match Stats
Player Ratings
Mignolet:————– 7.3/10
A marked improvement from last game, showed class when called upon in both halves to
keep Tottenham at bay but yet again a clean sheet eluded him no thanks to some poor
defending.

 

Milner: —————–7.8/10
Man of the match for me, showed attacking aptitude and how about that calm penalty? Vorm
had no chance.

 

{Lovren; Matip}:———– 5.7/10
Neither showed any inspirational decision making especially in that Tottenham equalizer.
Should be lower but Matip took one for the team late on in the game to stop what could have
been a real dangerous Tottenham attack.

 

Clyne: ————————5.4/10
Tottenham found his was the weak flank and capitalized leading to the equalizer.

 

 

Wijnaldum:—————— 6.5/10
Definitely seeing this chap developing into a fine midfielder but needs some more work
behind the scenes.

 

{Henderson; Lallana}:——- 4.9/10
Showed absolutely nothing in terms of fluid midfield play, I’d take Lallana off for our next
fixture.

 

Coutinho: ————————-6.3/10
Needs to show more unforgiving killer instinct, had lots of halfchances
to put the game to
bed but could find the right spot.

 

Firmino: 5.2/10
Grateful for the penalty assist but that was pretty much it in 90 minutes of play.

 

Mane:—————– 7.0/10
Could have gotten on the board if it wasn’t for that eagleeyed
linesman but great game for
the Senegalese, made life difficult for Spurs.

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