Liverpool Player Ratings at Tottenham (December 19, 2021)

Written By Uttiyo Sarkar on December 19, 2021

With nearly half their regular starting XI unavailable, Liverpool failed to maintain their winning run in the Premier League against a well-rested Tottenham Hotspur side – playing out a thrilling 2-2 draw and falling 3 points behind Man City in the title race. 

Spurs started the game strongly and took the lead in the 13th-minute thanks to Harry Kane. Liverpool survived a few scares after that and got their equalizer in the 34th-minute when Diogo Jota superbly converted from a close-range header. 

The first half was an action-packed, thrilling affair with both sides having a number of big chances to score – but they went into the break all level.  Liverpool kept pushing on and made Spurs pay for all their missed chances when Andy Robertson finished off a crazy attacking move to make it 2-1 in the 69th minute. 

Just when it looked like the Reds had the game in the bag, Alisson made a shocking error to hand Heung-Min Son an easy equalizer to make it 2-2 in the 74th minute. Things got worse when 3 minutes later, Andy Robertson became the first LFC player to be sent off in a PL game after 2 years. 

Liverpool had to settle for a point after that. The game itself was an absolutely wild, end-to-end one packed with a lot of entertainment. 

Jurgen Klopp will probably be annoyed with some of the things happened in the game – like Kane not getting sent off for a two-footed challenge and Robertson getting sent off instead – but he’ll probably take this after being without so many key players. 

Here are Liverpool player ratings at Tottenham.

Liverpool Player Ratings at Tottenham

Manager

Jurgen Klopp (7.5) – 

Klopp is facing a selection nightmare with Van Dijk, Henderson, Fabinho, Curtis Jones and Thiago all unavailable due to Covid-19 or other illnesses! Forced to play an unusual midfield line today.  But the fact that LFC still maintained a high-intensity playing style with this makeshift midfield showed how well Klopp has integrated his tactics into the squad.

Ensured his side were fearless and never backed away from their high-octane playing style even when things got rough. Perhaps a bit unlucky not to win after that exhilarating display. 

Goalkeeper

Alisson (5.0) –

Unable to do much for Kane’s strike. But makes a huge save to deny Dele Alli from close range in the 30th. And then comes up with an even better save to deny Kane from scoring a tap-in in the 55th. But then undo’s his amazing work to gift Son his goal after unecessarily coming out of his goal and missing a clearance. Would’ve been the MOTM if not for that miserable mistake that gifted Spurs a point as well. 

Defenders

Trent Alexander-Arnold (8.0) –

The best right-back in the league really should’ve had an assist when he picked up an incredible pass for Robertson in the 2nd-minute. Smacks a thunderous shot on goal in the 11th that is saved well. Forces another brilliant save with a thunderous volley in the 42nd. Got a deserved assist when his smashed cross/shot was converted by Robertson. 

Trent was Liverpool’s best defender, making clutch challenges and also their most creative players – setting up 5 goal-scoring chances! Continued his brilliant run of form with another superb display in a crazy game. 

Ibrahima Konate (5.5) –

Konate started the game well and made a brilliant goal-saving tackle in the 12th. But ended up losing mark of Kane for his opener. The Frenchman used his pace really well to cut out quite a few attacks, but also looked shaky to invite danger on a few more occasions. 

Joel Matip (4.0) – 

Matip is struggling to cope against Spurs’ speedy counter-attacks and often being dragged out of his position. Turns into Diego Maradona for a few seconds to dribble past multiple players and set up a big chance for Jota in the 54th – which he fluffed. Completely lost mark of Son before his goal. 

Couldn’t be the defensive leader Van Dijk usually is and struggled to maintain a strict defensive line. Absolutely ran ragged by Spurs’ electric counter-attacks. 

Andy Robertson (6.0) – 

Robbo had a huge chance to score 60 seconds into the game but powers a header wide! Clattered by Kane’s reckless two-footed challenge in the 20th, for which the Spurs man wasn’t sent off! Set up Jota’s equalizer with a perfectly-weighted cross. Makes up for his early miss by diverting Trent’s powered cross into an open net to give his side the lead!

After having such a great game, he got sent off for a reckless challenge in the 77th-minute. Such a mixed-bag of a performance. 

Midfielders

Tyler Morton (5.0) – 

The 19-year-old midfielder faces the biggest challenge of his career so far, replacing Henderson in this one! Outmuscled and robbed of possession in the 16th to leave his backline exposed, but lucky to see Spurs waste the chance. But makes up with a nice block to deny Kane a shot on goal at the end of the first half. 

Morton’s distribution was nice but he struggled under the pace of the game and couldn’t really do much to protect his backline from the relentless counter-attacks. Replaced with Firmino at the hour-mark. 

James Milner (7.5) –

The experienced midfielder has to hold a sharp midfield line today. Tests Hugo Lloris with a nice effort early on. Even at the age of 35, Milner was the most proactive LFC midfielder in this end-to-end affair and covered every blade of grass on the field. Created a few nice chances, moved the ball forward efficiently and came up with some clutch challenges to save his side from trouble. 

Naby Keita (5.5) –

Can Keita bring his brilliant training form to the pitch? Bit callous leading up to Kane’s strike, weakly surrendering possession in midfield. Struck a nice low shot on goal in the 23rd, but sees it saved. Keita worked very hard, but couldn’t really create anything prominent. Got outmuscled in midfield and lost out a few key duels to allow Spurs to mount counter-attacks. 

Forwards

Sadio Mane (6.5) – 

Sadio’s really troubling the Spurs defenders with his fizzy movement. Struck a header wide from an awkward angle in the 28th. Struck a shot onto the roof of the goal after a nice move in the 41st. Despite tormenting Emerson with his brilliant movement, Mane lacked his clinical spark and couldn’t really test the keeper. 

Mo Salah (5.5) –

Mo is really troubling the defenders with his sizzling forward runs. Despite his nice movement, Salah missed his clinical edge. Missed an open header seconds before Robbo’s strike. 

Diogo Jota (7.5) –

Scored from his first prominent touch in the game- powering a clinical header onto the goal to bring things level. Seemingly robbed off a penalty minutes after his strike. Almost scores from another cheek header that loops just wide of the goal in the 48th! Couldn’t get too involved after that, but another bright outing for Jota. 

Substitutions

Roberto Firmino (6.0) –

Played almost like a no.10 for the last 30mins or so and not really able to make an impact in that role. 

Kostas Tsimikas (N/R) –

Sent through on goal in added time but failed to find Salah open inside the box. 

Joe Gomez (N/R) –

Helped see off the draw for LFC. 

MAN OF THE MATCH

Trent deserves this one for being the coolest guy on the pitch in such a bonkers game. Got an assist, created so many chances and was defensively solid too. Best right-back in England for a reason. 

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