Tottenham blew a chance to close the gap to leaders Chelsea at the top of the table as they were easily defeated by Liverpool. Spurs were the in-form side coming into the clash but it was Liverpool who started on fire and a couple of Sadio Mane goals set them on their way to victory.
Spurs had a poor first half but did better in the second but the damage was already done by then. Mauricio Pochettino would certainly be a little worried by this performance as Liverpool had been poor in 2017 but Tottenham looked far from their normal selves and will have to play better should they think about finishing in the top four at the end of the season.
We look back at the game and provide the player ratings.
Hugo Lloris – 7.5/10
Lloris could and should have done better for the second goal conceded but he did keep Sadio Mane out on a couple of other occasions in the game.
Kyle Walker – 6/10
The English defender didn’t really do much wrong in the game but he couldn’t really help Tottenham out in their search for a goal.
Toby Alderweireld – 6/10
The Belgian defender had a poor outing and although he was not culpable for the first goal, he ended the night by picking up a needless booking and proving that he needs Jan Vertonghen beside him in defence to do well.
Eric Dier – 4.5/10
Dier had a nightmare during the game and it was his poor control that allowed Mane to score the second goal of the game. The Englishman did not look comfortable in defence and Pochettino should stop playing Dier there.
Ben Davies – 4/10
The Welshman was horrible at the back as Sadio Mane tore him to bits and pieces. Davies could not deal with the pace of the Liverpool man and was found out time and again.
Victor Wanyama – 5/10
Wanyama was another player who could not get a foot in the game and didn’t really look all that impressive in midfield for Tottenham.
Mousa Dembele – 6/10
When the Belgian is quiet, you know Tottenham will have a poor game and Dembele was just that. Liverpool did a really good job on him and he looked off his game at Anfield.
Son Heung-min – 6.5/10
Son had the best chance for Tottenham in the first half but blew it as Simon Mignolet produced a great save. There wasn’t much else provided by the South Korean as he was substituted late on in the game.
Dele Alli – 5/10
The youngster had a decent header which was cleared off the line in the first half but that was it from the former MK Dons man.
Christian Eriksen – 6/10
The Denmark star had one free-kick but that was about it from the former Ajax man. Eriksen barely had a kick in the game and that certainly did not help Tottenham’s chances of getting a result.
Harry Kane – 5/10
The Englishman had one of those poor games where nothing went right for him. Lucas Leiva, of all people, kept him on a leash.
Harry Winks – 6/10
Winks seems set for a bright future and even though he didn’t do much in the game, he did pick up some crucial minutes of game time.
Moussa Sissoko – 5/10
The former Newcastle man couldn’t change the fortunes of the away side in this game.
Vincent Janssen – 5/10
Janssen came on late to replace Son and couldn’t really do much in the game.
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