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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.

Tottenham Hotspur

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

Mane was in the right place at the right time to put Liverpool into a commanding first-half lead

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

Tottenham have won just one of their last 23 appearances at Anfield

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.

Substitutes

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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Tottenham target’s manager shoots down rumours of move for £20m star

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Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has confirmed that no approach has been made by Tottenham for highly-rated defender Nathan Ake, according to Sky Sports.

The Dutchman has been linked with Tottenham in recent times and Sky Sports has claimed that we’re closely scouting some defensive recruitments.

Ake has been impressive for Bournemouth this season after joining them from Chelsea in 2017 for a fee of £20m.

When asked about the transfer links, Eddie Howe said,

“I think that’s a compliment to Nathan and how he’s played since he signed for us permanently.”

“He’s been a model of consistency. He picked up all the player awards that he did at the end of last season and he’s carried that form into this [season].”

“[There has been] nothing from our side, where it comes from I don’t know. It’s inevitable [to be linked] when the team is doing well people will naturally highlight our players, potential players who can go on and play at a higher level.

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Furthermore, Howe also added that the speculation won’t affect the youngster. He also claimed that the 23-year-old was an important part of the club’s plans.

In my opinion, this isn’t a huge blow for us. Ake has been terrific for Bournemouth but whether or not he is a player capable of playing for such a big club as ours is debatable.

Chelsea have sold numerous youngsters in the past and Ake is one of them but there is a reason they’ve sold him. With all due respect to Nathan Ake, we should sign a top-class, established defender to deal with departures if any.

If we are to challenge for top honours, we must look at players bigger than Nathan Ake in terms of quality and experience.

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Tottenham interested in £44m January move for Barcelona starlet

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Tottenham are interested in a £44m move for Barcelona’s Brazilian winger Malcom, according to Sport (h/t Daily Mail). Spurs had an inactive summer window and it looks like we might go big in January.

Malcom joined Barcelona at the start of the season but has featured just twice for the Catalan giants. He has played 25 minutes for the Blaugrana this season, with the Brazilian being unable to break into a playing XI featuring the likes of Ousmane Dembele, Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho.

The winger had a sensational season in the Ligue 1 before moving to the La Liga, scoring 12 goals and providing 7 assists in 35 league appearances. He is surely a quality player whose potential is not being utilized in Spain.

Considering the quality in our squad and also the 21-year-old Barca winger’s talent, it could be a perfect match. Malcom would add some incredible depth to our squad and Pochettino must make a move in January.

Though £44m seems steep, it could be a gamble worth taking as the young star has all the tools required to take the Premier League by storm with more game time.

Whether or not Barcelona would let go of a player they signed just a few months back remains to be seen but this is a move we must make to bolster our attacking reinforcements in January.

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After the quiet summer window, a statement signing in January would go a long way in conveying a message to our rivals.

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[Video] This latest aerial video of Tottenham’s $1bn new stadium is absolutely wonderful

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YouTuber Mr AV (h/t Football.London) has posted a new high-definition video of our club’s stunning new $1bn stadium. The footage provides us with a clear picture of how much work has been done in terms of the construction.

The video also showed the soon-to-be-opened club megastore and the Tottenham Museum. The aerial footage of the new stadium was wonderful as it also showed the overall structure of the stadium and the single-tier 17,500-seater south stand. The video also shows the area where the giant golden cockerel will sit above that stand.

It is not known as to when the stadium would be available for use but it looks like the construction is progressing at a reasonable rate.

It was indeed a disappointment when it was decided by the club hierarchy that we would be playing our home games at Wembley this season but that would all change when the stadium is unveiled officially. The construction has taken quite a bit of time and it will be an exciting phase when the work is completed.

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The new stadium would surely serve as a boost to the entire club and it would wipe out any negativity surrounding Tottenham. The club too have been keeping us updated on the progress regarding the stadium and we’ll have to wait to see what the club say next regarding the completion of the stadium work.

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