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Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool: 10-man Reds held on frustrating night

A terrible performance from referee Paul Tierney soured an otherwise enthralling game of football in Tottenham, as 10-man Liverpool were held to a 2-2 draw.

Tottenham 2-2 Liverpool

Premier League (17), Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
December 19, 2021

Goals

Kane 13′
Jota 35′ (assist – Robertson)
Robertson 69′ (assist – Alexander-Arnold)
Son 74′


Despite another COVID-19 absence in the shape of Thiago, the Reds were able to play on in only the fourth Premier League fixture of the weekend, and it was a pulsating tie in north London.

Liverpool’s full-backs were, as is often the case, the main attraction, with Andy Robertson going close with an early header while Trent Alexander-Arnold tested Hugo Lloris with a left-footed drive.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 19, 2021: Liverpool's goalkeeper Alisson Becker is beaten for Tottenham Hotspur's opening goal during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

At the other end, Tottenham were a constant threat on the break, and minutes after Ibrahima Konate denied Harry Kane with a huge block, the striker was able to break the deadlock with a low shot that eluded Alisson.

Kane was lucky not to see a red card soon after, for a dangerous lunge on Robertson, while Jurgen Klopp received a booking for his protests after an inept Tierney then waved off a clear penalty for Liverpool.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 19, 2021: Liverpool's Diogo Jota during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The Reds levelled the scores in the 35th minute, however, with Robertson lifting a beautiful cross for Diogo Jota to head home, while Alisson denied Dele Alli with a brilliant save to ensure a 1-1 scoreline at half-time.

HT: Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 19, 2021: Liverpool's Sadio Mané during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

The complexion of the game barely changed after the break, and Spurs still enjoyed plenty of space on the counter, which led to Kane being snuffed out by another moment of magic from Alisson early on.

Klopp looked to address that as he withdrew the full Premier League debutant Tyler Morton, who struggled throughout, and sent on Roberto Firmino, shifting to a 4-2-3-1 with a quiet Mohamed Salah pushed up front.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 19, 2021: Liverpool's Andy Robertson scores the second goal during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Despite four attackers being on the pitch, though, it was the full-backs who got Liverpool ahead, with Alexander-Arnold drilling a cross in for Robertson to head home, cutting apart a melee in the box.

But a sloppy slide from an otherwise phenomenal Alisson opened Spurs up for an equaliser, with Son Heung-min running in behind Joel Matip, rounding the goalkeeper through a slice of fortune and converting.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Sunday, December 19, 2021: Liverpool's Andy Robertson walks off past manager Jürgen Klopp after being shown a red card and sent off during the FA Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur FC and Liverpool FC at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Liverpool then went down to 10 men at the worst possible time, with Robertson dismissed after a VAR review – yes, there was VAR available in the first half – having swiped through the legs of Emerson Royal.

It clearly impacted the quality of the game, and Liverpool were left to hold on for a point, rightly aggrieved at a shocking display from the man in black.


TIA Man of the Match: Ibrahima Konate

Referee: Paul Tierney

Tottenham: Lloris; Sanchez, Dier, Davies; Royal, Winks, Ndombele (Skipp 64′), Sessegnon (Reguilon 86′); Alli, Son, Kane

Subs not used: Austin, Rodon, Tanganga, Doherty, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Lucas

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Morton (Firmino 60′), Milner, Keita; Salah, Mane (Tsimikas 82′), Jota (Gomez 90+2′)

Subs not used: Kelleher, Quansah, Williams, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Gordon

Next match: Leicester (H) – League Cup Quarter-Final – Wednesday, December 22, 7.45pm (GMT)

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