Liverpool host Tottenham in the marquee match-up of Premier League matchday 10.
Not much has changed since when these two teams met on June 1st. Liverpool has kept on winning. Tottenham…not so much.
Still, Tottenham appeared to get back on track with a 5-0 Champions League shellacking of Red Stars Belgrade this week. Liverpool put 4 past Genk in Belgium. Both teams should be feeling confident.
Just one quick note before we dive into the Liverpool vs Tottenham player ratings — here are the major clubs Liverpool has played to date this EPL season:
- Leicester City
- Manchester United
Here are the major clubs Manchester City has played:
With a win, Liverpool would remain 6 clear of City. Liverpool are in good shape.
Unfortunately for them, it took Spurs all of 47 seconds to get on the board. Harry Kane (when did he become so unlikable btw?) was in his frustratingly right place / right time rebounding a header from a long shot off the cross bar to put Tottenham ahead 1-0. From there, while stats showed Liverpool dominated the first half (72% possession, 10 / 5 shots) it didn’t really feeeeel that way until minutes 30-45. Credit to Spurs gk Paulo Gazzaniga for making some killer saves.
Jordan Henderson leveled the match with a smart strike in the 52nd.
Liverpool absolutely put their foot on the pedal after that. Sadio Mane earned a penalty in the box that Mo Salah converted from the spot to go up 2-1. That ended up being the final.
Another day where xG doesn’t match the eye test on Liverpool. They were xG 1.8 (+1 penalty) to Spurs’ 1.6. After a full 90, not even Harry Kane’s parents would says Spurs looked even. Here’s a crazy stat to close with:
Had Spurs somehow recorded another goal today and come away with 2-2 draws at the Etihad and Anfield, they’d have done so despite being outshot by a collective 51 to 14 (with 23 on target vs 6)
Liverpool Player Ratings
Jurgen Klopp (7.5) – Went back to his tried and tested starting XI (minus an injured Joel Matip). Was that the right call? Klopp has a frustrating habit of not allowing players to build momentum on positive performances.
The midfield felt a bit stale for swaths of the first half. But as Klopp is also prone to do, he got the lads in the right mind-frame after half. Liverpool DOMINATED the second half. Was smart to adjust to a 4-4-2 when Salah went out, moving TAA to outside right mid and Milner to outside left.
Well managed game by the boss.
Alisson (8) – Hot damn it’s nice having Alisson back. As he can do, came up with two HUGE saves in the closing minutes to help secure the win. Did well in distribution today too.
Trent Alexander-Arndold (9) – Delivery gets better and better as the game goes on. Seriously got more balls into the 18 than all of Spurs combined, times 2, and squared. Only Kevin de Bruyne has created more chances than TAA this season.
Won’t go on score sheet but his well-positioned header to thwart a Spurs counter in the 74th LED to the Liverpool counters and penalty in the box against Mane. Really defending well with some key blocks and clearances. Led the squad in possession. All around stellar day.
Virgil van Dijk (6) – Maybe could’ve anticipated and / or been on Kane closer for that opener. Otherwise was solid and organized (finally). For example, in the 79th brought the backline high enough that when Spurs got a turnover and counter, FIVE Tottenham players were off-sides. However, still not back to last year’s form.
Dejan Lovren (7) – Looks good! Some heady defending. Better than VVD today. Was second on squad in possession (10.6% total) and won 7 aerials.
Andy Robertson (6.5) – Wasn’t on the ball as much as normal, but he was effective when he did (two successful dribbles and some good deliveries). Did well defending.
Jordan Henderson (7.5) – Simply looks more comfortable when on front foot. Invisible when not. VERY smart strike to level. GREAT run into the box that could’ve drawn a penalty in the 81st minute. Needs to tidy up his passing though. Overall was active defensively and tracking back. Won two tackles. One of his better performances of the year even before the goal though.
Jordan Henderson’s first goal at Anfield since December 2015 🔥🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/emEWgOZuxC— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 27, 2019
Fabinho (7) – Another solid showing. More of a boss defensively than offensively…but was a midfield disrupted in the second half particularly.
Georginio Wijnaldum (6) – Fairly solid play and was getting involved. He needed to pull the trigger on a golden chance in the 60th minute that resulted in no shot. Then headed the ball right at the keeper 30 seconds later. Subbed for Milner in the 77th.
Roberto Firmino (7) – Very unfortunate to not find the net multiple times (4 shots). Tracked back and added a lot defensively, winning three tackles.
Sadio Mane (6.5) – Was the weakest of the attacking three for much of the day, but did well to fight and get the penalty leading to Salah’s score from the spot.
Mohamed Salah (8) – VERY VERY unfortunate to not find the net multiple times. While Mane probably deserved to take the penalty that put Liverpool up 2-1, Salah deserved the goal. Came off with a little knock late. He was great today.
THAT MAN MO pic.twitter.com/NQqR71hczH— NBC Sports Soccer (@NBCSportsSoccer) October 27, 2019
James Milner (NR) – Came on for Gini to help close out the game after the Salah penalty.
Joe Gomez (NR) – On late for Mo Salah to provide defensive support. Looked nervy though.
Divock Origi (NR) – Super late sub to kill off the clock.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Giving this to TAA. Thought he was our best all around player of the day.