How It Happened is an on-the-whistle match report of the Reds’ latest game, as it happened. It’s a new matchday feature we’re trying out here at The Anfield Wrap, so let us know what you think.
A REAL game of two halves at White Hart Lane, with James Milner and Danny Rose getting the goals, as an exciting contest ended in a 1-1 draw.
Liverpool dominated much of the first half and would have gone in at half time expecting more than the solitary goal from Milner’s penalty, with Philippe Coutinho missing a couple of decent chances to put Klopp’s side further in front.
The Reds started the second half the quicker of the two, seeing a Sadio Mane goal ruled out for offside, but Spurs got back into the game, and reaped the rewards of a period of sustained pressure, as Danny Rose got the equaliser to ensure a share of the points.
Liverpool had the better of the opening exchanges of the encounter, Mane’s ball through to Roberto Firmino split the defence and the Brazilian unselfishly squared the ball to fellow countryman Coutinho who failed to beat Michel Vorm at his near post.
Coutinho was given a chance at redemption, but suffered the same result, after Mane had chipped a ball over the top to find him in acres of space behind the Spurs defence, but his tame effort was easily dealt with, once again, by Vorm.
Spurs may have had thoughts on getting to half time unscathed, but that was blown up in the air when Erik Lamela was judged to have clipped Firmino, and referee Bobby Madley pointed straight to the spot. Milner made no mistake, sending the ‘keeper the wrong way, to put the Reds a goal to the good.
Liverpool came firing out the blocks in the second half. Joel Matip rose to meet a corner and saw his header clip the bar. Then Mane had a goal ruled out for offside, after some nice interplay by Georginio Wijnaldum and Adam Lallana.
However, Spurs finally started to establish a foothold in the game. Lamela’s freekick forced Simon Mignolet to tip over the bar, before the Belgian was called into action again, as Toby Alderweireld steered Eriksen’s corner towards goal, but it was saved at the near post.
Eventually, the pressure paid off for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, as a diagonal ball was received by Eriksen on the right, his ball found Rose at the back post, with Liverpool on the back foot, and he finished at the near post to even the scores.
It was a well-fought game, where a draw was arguably a fair result, though Klopp may feel his side should’ve taken the initiative in the first half to ensure they wrapped up all three points.
LFC: Mignolet; Clyne, Lovren, Matip, Milner; Henderson (c), Wijnaldum, Lallana; Mane, Coutinho, Firmino.
Subs: Manninger, Grujic, Moreno, Lucas, Sturridge, Origi, Stewart.
LISTEN: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Liverpool 1: The Pink.
READ: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Liverpool 1: Match Ratings.
READ: Tottenham Hotspur 1 Liverpool 1: Match Review.
Thanks for this John. I’m feeling very deflated considering we got an away draw against a good team. I think it’s because we’ve already dropped 5 points this early in the season and we’re losing track of the leading pack. I just hope we get some consistency and ruthlessness in our game. Here’s hoping for a good run of wins in the very near future.
Sorry Josh…auto complete thinks you’re John
Our eternal problem, get control of a game, play some great football, create chances, score one but never that second or third, 2 mistakes by both full backs give them a goal. We walk away with one point that should be 3.
Yeah somewhat deflating indeed!
Nice bit of writing Josh, but can’t agree with you. There’s no way we should have ended up with only a point today.
Played some great football and no shame in conceding one at Spurs.BUT finishing was poor, progress will only be made if we improve this aspect of our game.
Can’t wait for Leicester game the end of last season seems a long time ago.
I like the idea of a How it Happened type article, however this reads more like a match review. Was hoping for something a bit more structured around the match timeline with a bit more detail, like the Guardian min by min but with depth and analysis and loads of relevant stats.
Still enjoyed it, well written etc
Fair result you’re having a laugh