Possibly the Quadruple was at all times an unattainable dream. Possibly it was at all times an insane ambition foisted on this Liverpool crew by others. However because it slipped just a little additional away from Liverpool at Anfield final evening, Jurgen Klopp’s facet fought towards the dying of it with each ounce of vitality and each second of fury and each little bit of defiance they may muster.
Trailing to a fairly sensible Son Heung-min counter-attacking aim from Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool drew stage by means of Luis Diaz after which threw all the things they may at their guests looking 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 aim distinction. And if Metropolis, who’ve a sport in hand, can get well 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 towards Tottenham at Anfield
Trent Alexander-Arnold couldn’t assist however look downbeat, figuring out that the Reds have handed Manchester Metropolis a bonus
‘It is a vital level as a result of it is one level greater than earlier than,’ Klopp insisted of the end result towards 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 means,’ he mentioned. ‘We is not going to cease preventing in each sport.’
This was only a sport too far for Liverpool, who seemed low on vitality and invention towards a well-drilled, intelligent Spurs crew 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 all the things – 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 towards an opponent who wouldn’t yield and wouldn’t be overawed.
Virgil van Dijk had considered one of Liverpool’s greatest 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 aim 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 residence. They need to win all of them and hope that Metropolis lose considered one of their matches towards Newcastle, Wolves away, West Ham away and Aston Villa at residence. Metropolis broke in Madrid however will they break in Manchester on Sunday or Wolverhampton or at The London Stadium or towards Steven Gerrard’s Villa? Pep Guardiola and his gamers desperately wanted a fillip and this end result could 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 have been deafening as the house crew surged ahead time after time. However at the same time as they attacked, some worries lingered among the many residence supporters. Spurs may simply be the perfect crew within the league on the counter-attack.
Definitely, it’s laborious 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 develop into a prepared foil to their rapier thrusts ahead and Spurs made it clear early on that they’d not come to Merseyside as Liverpool’s patsies.
Spurs have discovered the key to unpicking Manchester Metropolis already and as Liverpool dominated the early phases, 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 have been indebted to an outstanding block by Jordan Henderson when Kane fired a left-foot shot goalwards.
Liverpool’s first probability didn’t come till halfway by means 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 publish however his header went narrowly over the bar.
Liverpool January recruit Luis Diaz bought his facet stage with a strike from exterior 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 direction of the again publish 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 12 months.
Liverpool have been struggling to make probabilities from open play however seven minutes earlier than half-time, they almost 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 almost 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 publish.
Liverpool pushed for a successful aim after Diaz’s equaliser, however they may not discover one as Tottenham defended strongly
Jurgen Klopp celebrated Liverpool’s aim in trademark model, however finally he will probably be disillusioned with the end result
Twelve minutes after half time, the worst fears of Liverpool’s followers have been confirmed when Spurs broke once more. Emerson Royal launched an extended ball out of defence that appeared to pose little hazard however Kane introduced it down superbly and superior on aim. He thought of capturing however laid the ball huge to Sessegnon and Sessegnon drilled an ideal cross into the trail of Son, who turned it over the road.
The Spurs followers behind that aim within the Anfield Highway Finish went wild. It was solely the second aim – after Milot Rashica’s strike for Norwich on February nineteenth – that Liverpool have conceded at residence within the Premier League this 12 months. And two minutes later, Spurs almost scored once more when Sessegnon mixed once more with Son. This time, Sessegnon’s contact was just a little heavy and the ball bounced off Son’s foot and behind for a aim kick.
Now it was just like the Alamo. Liverpool threw all the things at Spurs. And Spurs repelled all the things as greatest they may. Ben Davies produced an amazing 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 house 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 concerning the Kop sucking pictures into the opposition aim 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 residence followers. However strive as they could, they may not drive 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 aim, he tried to move the ball again into the trail of a teammate. Liverpool escaped however the unattainable dream pale.
It was additionally not the perfect 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.