Liverpool and Tottenham served up one of the most electrify Premier League games in holocene years in a 2-2 draw which sees Jurgen Klopp ‘s side drop three points behind leaders Manchester City. On a weekend where Covid postponements decimated the Premier League course of study, fans were treated to a thriller in north London, described by Gary Neville as “ one of the best games I ‘ve ever seen, ” an exhilarate contest that resembled a basketball game as both sides went wax choke .
Harry Kane gave Spurs the conduct with a clinical finish from Tanguy Ndombele ‘s excellent through ball ( 13 ), one of many clear openings for the hosts in an throughout first hour where both Heung-Min Son and Dele Alli missed big openings.

Liverpool ‘s defense may have looked suspect, but their attack was american samoa acerb as ever, with Diogo Jota levelling with an outstanding header via Andrew Robertson ‘s cross ( 35 ), and few could have complained if the score had been 4-4 at the fracture as the visitors excessively spurned big chances .
Diogo Jota heads home Liverpool's equaliser vs Spurs
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Diogo Jota heads dwelling Liverpool ‘s counterweight volt Spurs
a well as goalmouth action there was controversy ; Liverpool felt Kane should have been sent off for a studs-up challenge on Robertson, but he alone saw chicken, while the visitors besides wanted a penalty for Emerson Royal ‘s nudge on Jota at 1-1. Jurgen Klopp was finally booked for his protestations. The drama did not stop in the irregular half – Kane fluffed two major chances in the foremost 10 minutes – before Liverpool took a controversial star through Robertson ‘s header ( 70 ), with Spurs claiming Mohamed Salah handballed in the build-up. Spurs did not cower, however, and levelled immediately though Son, who rolled into an empty final after Alisson had inexplicably let a through ball between his legs ( 74 ) .
Heung-Min Son celebrates with Harry Kane after scoring Tottenham's second goal
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Heung-Min Son celebrates with Kane after scoring Tottenham ‘s second goal
The energy then boiled over as Robertson kicked through Emerson near the touchline, at first seeing a yellow that was then upgraded to a red after VAR asked referee Paul Tierney to consult the pitchside monitor ( 77 ). The result, paired with Man City ‘s 4-0 succeed at Newcastle, means Liverpool are three points off the leaders as the league approaches the halfway stage, while Spurs sit seventh, six points off fourth-placed Arsenal but with three games in hand.

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Tottenham: Lloris ( 7 ), Emerson Royal ( 5 ), Dier ( 7 ), Sanchez ( 7 ), Davies ( 6 ), Ndombele ( 7 ), Winks ( 8 ), Alli ( 7 ), Sessegnon ( 7 ), Son ( 7 ), Kane ( 7 )

Subs: Skipp ( 6 ), Moura ( 5 ), Reguilon ( NA )

Liverpool: Alisson ( 6 ), Alexander-Arnold ( 8 ), Konate ( 6 ), Matip ( 6 ), Robertson ( 7 ), Milner ( 6 ), Keita ( 6 ), Morton ( 6 ), Jota ( 8 ), Salah ( 6 ), Mane ( 6 )

Subs: Firmino ( 5 ), Tsimikas ( NA ), Gomez ( NA )

Man of the match: Diogo Jota

How Spurs and Liverpool played out game for the ages

due to Covid issues, this was Spurs ‘ foremost match in a fortnight, while Liverpool were on a six-game victorious streak, and amid a concerning touch across the Premier League as to how many more games will be postponed, both sides served up a much-needed classic. The inaugural probability came after 50 seconds as Robertson headed Trent Alexander-Arnold ‘s dinked crabbed broad, and the play never once waned in a breathless first 45 minutes. Alexander-Arnold, fresh from his stunning long-range finish against Newcastle, stung the hands of Hugo Lloris from 25 yards with his faint left foot, before Spurs found rhythm method of birth control and repeatedly exposed Liverpool ‘s high back-line. The outball from Spurs ‘ midfield was on every single meter for runners Son and Kane. The latter was found in the box by Emerson, but his bend and blast was brilliantly blocked by Ibrahima Konate. But seconds by and by Kane did get his goal, as Ndombele, making his foremost Premier League begin in two months, found a gap in the Liverpool defense to find Kane in the box. Kane let the ball drift across his soundbox, and found the bottom corner for his foremost Premier League dwelling goal of the season. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible television musician
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Watch how Kane put Tottenham 1-0 ahead against Liverpool …
It should have been a wake-up call for Liverpool, but it merely did not register. Kane broke on the proper and had Son free in the middle, but the South Korea advancing ‘s feat on the reach bobbled wide, with the finish at his mercy. Spurs could have gone down to 10 men as Kane ‘s stud caught the ankle of Robertson, but Tierney showed a scandalmongering and VAR did not intervene. “ He ‘s a lucky son, ” said Gary Neville on comment. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video recording player
Should Harry Kane have seen red for his challenge on Andrew Robertson?

Jamie Redknapp felt Kane was identical fortunate to escape a crimson batting order for his challenge on Andy Robertson
Should Harry Kane have seed red for this tackle on Andrew Robertson?
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Should Kane have seen bolshevik for this tackle on Robertson ?
Spurs kept coming and should have doubled their moderate through Alli, making his first Premier League depart since being subbed at half-time in the get the better of at Arsenal in September. Found by Son ‘s intelligent pass, Alli ‘s effort was brilliantly tipped behind by Alisson. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video actor
Dele Alli is denied by Alisson during Tottenham's Premier League clash with Liverpool.

Alisson brilliantly denies Dele Alli a second goal for Tottenham
Liverpool punished Spurs moments late, showing their deadly edge, as Jota equalised. Robertson took over the musket ball on the left of the box, lifted a ball up for Jota, and the Portugal international steered a fantastic header back where it came from, leaving Lloris rooted. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible television musician
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Moments after Tottenham about went 2-0 ahead, Jota ‘s header brings Liverpool charge
It was “ the best 35 minutes of Premier League football this season, ” said Neville, and more was to come. Jota was nudged in the box by Emerson – Tierney waved play on – and Liverpool boss Klopp was subsequently booked for his protests. Alexander-Arnold ‘s first-time, controlled volley at the far post was saved by the knee of Lloris, and as the half-time whistle went, the 1-1 scoreline told barely any of the brilliant story. The second half promised much and did not disappoint, with both sides exchanging more chances. Behind the Liverpool defense, Alli unselfishly squared for Kane, but did not quite get his spend properly as the England striker was denied by Alisson, before Kane missed another boastfully opportunity, heading over at close-range from a flicked-on corner.

Team news

Spurs made five changes from their final game a fortnight ago against Norwich ; Emerson Royal, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks, Dele Alli and Ryan Sessegnon came in, replacing the benched Tanganga, Skipp, Lucas Moura and Reguilon. Hojbjerg was unavailable.

It was Sessegnon ‘s first Premier League start since January 2020, Ndombele ‘s first for closely two months, Dele Alli ‘s first for about three months.

Liverpool made three changes from the 3-1 gain over Newcastle ; Oxlade-Chamberlain dropped to the bench while Henderson and Thiago were out wholly, replaced by James Milner, Naby Keita and 19-year-old Tyler Morton, making his first Premier League depart.

Van Dijk, Fabinho and Jones were n’t in the team again having tested positive for Covid in the week .
There was a lull in the game, but it lasted all of 10 minutes as Liverpool took the lead with 20 minutes to go, and it was not without controversy. Salah ‘s far-post header from a Jota thwart was hooked clear by Lloris, but Spurs felt Salah had handballed. Alexander-Arnold took over, delivered back into the box, and Robertson stooped low to head home. VAR had a search, and the musket ball did strike Salah ‘s arm, but it was deemed unintentional. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video musician
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Robertson heads Liverpool in front
Spurs immediately levelled as Alisson rushed out to clear a through ball for Son, but he made a hashish of his clearance as the testis deflected off the south korean, and fell fortunately for him to roll into an empty net. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video musician
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Son taps home after an Alisson error

By this point, the tension and drama was hitting its vertex, and it spilled over as Robertson ploughed into Emerson unnecessarily, over the ball and into the Spurs defender ‘s knee. He was at first given a yellow, but after Tierney watched the replay, he was dismissed. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video actor
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Robertson is sent off for his challenge on Emerson Royal
There were chances for Spurs to win it in the concluding 10 minutes – Konate brilliantly cleared under his crossbar from Ben Davies ‘ center – but the final musical composition of theater was not to come. not that there were any complaints. This was a Premier League contest for the ages, an great show of energy, quality, play and guts, and one that either slope could have justifiably won. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible television player
PL title race

Jamie Carragher, Jamie Redknapp and Jermain Defoe analyse how pivotal Liverpool ‘s draw with Tottenham will prove in the deed raceway after Manchester City romped to a 4-0 win against Newcastle and Chelsea dropped points to Wolves .

The timeline of a classic…

13 mins: Kane gives Spurs lead with first base goal of season 17 : son misses massive prospect at army for the liberation of rwanda station for 2-0 22: Kane escapes red for studs-up challenge on Robertson 30: Alli through on goal but Alisson produces sublime barricade 35 : Jota levels for Liverpool with header 37: Liverpool want penalty for Emerson nudge on Jota ; Klopp booked for protesting 57 : Kane misses two clear chances in the space of a moment 69 : Robertson nods home Alexander-Arnold crossbreed for 2-1, but Spurs want handball on Salah 74 : Son rolls in equalizer after Alisson howler monkey 76: VAR intervenes as Robertson is dismissed for brawny challenge on Emerson

What the managers said…

Spurs party boss Antonio Conte : “ I have n’t seen the Robertson situation with Kane. I have n’t seen the possibility of a penalty. My staff said to me that the second base goal was a clear handball. And I think it ‘s not right to comment on the umpirage decisions after the game. I do n’t know if Jurgen wanted to comment on this, but I can tell you that my staff said to me it was incredible to give it, and not disallow it, because there was a clear handball from Salah. “ But the game was an exciting game, there were big emotions from the people. I do n’t like that we have to speak about the referee decisions at the end. ” Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Tottenham coach Antonio Conte claims that he ‘s disappointed at only taking a point against Liverpool in the Premier League ascribable to the phone number of chances his side missed .
Liverpool bos Jurgen Klopp : “ There were obviously many other things that were influential in this game, but some of these questions are better to ask Mr Tierney. ” Asked if Kane ‘s punishment should have been stronger : “ decidedly, stronger. We can give Robbo a crimson circuit board, it ‘s not the smartest challenge of his life. But that ‘s decidedly a crimson poster, no doubt about it. So we have a VAR sitting there, and he has a look again at the Robbo situation. Fine, that ‘s what he ‘s there for. What did he do in the Kane situation ? Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible television player

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp vented his frustration at referee Paul Tierney at full-time following the 2-2 reap at Tottenham, claiming that his side should have been awarded a punishment in the first-half .
“ And the penalty position with Diogo Jota. Mr Tierney told me he thinks Diogo stops on purpose because he wants the foul. If you want to shoot you have to stop because you can not run and shoot at the same moment. It is constantly helpful if you have played football yourself in the past. When you see the situation back, where is he stopping ? I do n’t understand that. Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video recording player
Jurgen Klopp shares his thoughts on Harry Kane's red-that-wasn't and Liverpool's forthcoming matches among the current Covid situation.

Following the 2-2 hook with Tottenham, Liverpool director Jurgen Klopp questioned some of reviewer Paul Tierney ‘s decisions and said ‘I have no estimate what his problem is with me ! ‘
“ But it is o, the attract is all right, we are not that crazy that we think we can not draw at Spurs, but these are crucial, decisive situations. It ‘s a great pass from Naby Keita and then person finished the situation off in a not very football, legal way. And the referee and the VAR does n’t say a discussion. “ I truly have no mind what is his problem with me. Honesty. I have no idea. In the begin possibly I was a act more emotional in the games, but it ‘s not allowed in a position like this, because with Mr Marriner it is all fine, but he obviously felt what he felt in that moment. He came complete and gave me a jaundiced card which is very well, but I would have preferred the right field decision on the pitch. ”

Kane: It wasn’t a red card

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Tottenham's Harry Kane discusses his controversial challenge on Liverpool's Andrew Robertson.

Harry Kane claims referee Paul Tierney was correct in not sending him off for his challenge on Andy Robertson in Tottenham ‘s 2-2 pull with Liverpool in the Premier League .
Harry Kane on Sky Sports : Asked if he was worried he would be sent off, Kane said : “ No, decidedly not. I thought it was a strong tackle but I won the ball, although I ‘ve not seen it bet on. “ When you are playing against top sides and fighting for points, there are going to be hard tackles. They checked it and it stayed as a yellow card and we move on. “ It did n’t feel like it [ a red batting order ] and Andy Robertson said I just caught his foot. When you slow stuff down in football it makes it look worse than what it is. But that ‘s why VAR is there. ” Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Jamie Carragher, Jermain Defoe and Jamie Redknapp agree that Andy Robertson ‘s red card for his foul on Tottenham ‘s Emerson Royal, awarded via VAR, was the right decision .

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  • Liverpool scored their 50th Premier League goal of the season in what is their 18th match – it is the quickest they have ever scored 50 goals in a top-flight season.
  • Liverpool have scored in each of their last 28 away games in all competitions, the longest run by a top-flight team since Wolves scored in 29 consecutively between December 1958 and January 1960.
  • Andrew Robertson became the first player to score, assist and be sent off in a Premier League match since Aleksandar Mitrovic for Newcastle United in May 2016, which was also against Spurs.
  • Tyler Morton made his first Premier League start for Liverpool, starting in midfield alongside James Milner, who made his Premier League debut in November 2002 for Leeds United, 10 days after Morton was born.

Live EFL Cup

Tottenham host West Ham in the Carabao Cup quarter-finals at 7.45pm on Wednesday, live on Sky Sports Football. Spurs return to Premier League action at home to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day ; kick-off 3pm. Liverpool host Leicester in the Carabao Cup concluding eight on Wednesday at 7.45pm before hosting Leeds in the Premier League at 12.30pm on Boxing Day.