Talking Points: Tottenham 1 Liverpool 1 – Reds rue missed chances

Talking Points: Tottenham 1 Liverpool 1 – Reds rue missed chances


James Milner and Danny Rose goals see the points shared between Tottenham and Liverpool at White Hart Lane in a 1-1 draw.

With Erik Lamela bringing down Roberto Firmino in the box, a penalty was awarded to the Reds which saw Milner step up and put the visitors in front late in the first-half.

But, despite Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool dominating the majority of the game, Rose popped up and gave Spurs the equaliser.

The visitors created the bulk of the opportunities in the match, particularly in the first half, but could not establish a two-goal buffer.

Liverpool created, but wasted

Liverpool looked a completely different outfit to the team that played at Turf Moor last weekend against Burnley.

But, wasting chances is poor football and when you have such an attacking outfit like Klopp does then there is no excuse not to put more than gettable chances away.

A lot of it has to come down to the fact that there isn’t an out-and-out striker on the pitch. Firmino can do a job, but Daniel Sturridge or Divock Origi need to be more heavily involved.

Chances created certainly won’t be a problem, but finishing may be if Klopp doesn’t look towards one of his proper strikers.

All teams that challenge for the league have a forward that scores and scores consistently. Liverpool have that, but those players are sitting on the bench.

Spurs continue to find a way

You can’t be at your best every week – the challenge for Pochettino is to find a way to come away with a positive result.

Spurs will no doubt improve as the season goes on. They started slowly last season and then came out and hit the ground running which saw them come close to winning the Premier League title.

Will that happen again? Perhaps, but the return to the Champions League really could impact their league form.

It’s pivotal they keep gaining points now while they are only playing one game a week to make it easier for themselves further down the line.

Liverpool cannot close out games

It’s becoming a worrying trend for Klopp’s men. They gain the lead and then it suddenly disappears. One can understand it happening from time-to-time, but something needs to change.

Liverpool won’t score goal after goal every week, and that is why they will have to settle for 1-0 wins, but at the minute they just cannot seem to knuckle down and see out games.

This may seem harsh, but Liverpool cannot reach the top four, let alone win the Premier League title with the attitude of ‘we’ll score more than you’. They will ultimately fall short.

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