Alisson’s error help Conte’s Spurs to retain their unbeaten form with Kane’s first home goal of this Premier League season

December 20, 2021

The Sunday night Premier League football gave all the viewers the proper boost that was needed for them to start the week on a more enthusiastic note and amid the postponements and the unpredictability of the new Covid variant a breathtakingly amazing display of football came about to remind all of us that why out of all major forms of entertainment being secluded now to the OTT platforms and socially distanced theatres, only this industry is functioning as it should all around the world(ironically except for India).

This is the reason why I feel football is the most beautiful sport in the world- because it had engrossed us all in front in our television sets or electronic devices just to watch what would happen at the North London stadium where Antonio Conte’s Tottenham Hotspur faced Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool and all of these events occurred in between the world-wide Omicron (Covid’s new variant) crisis. There was drama from the start to finish and the most important point of it all came within 20 minutes of the play when Harry Kane stretched into a bad tackle to Andy Robertson. Jurgen Klopp had felt strongly enough that the tackle was a potential leg breaker and he was ought to be shown a red card but instead the on-field referee awarded a yellow card to the Tottenham skipper. Later on, Liverpool would be the team to finish off the game with 10-men standing with Robertson being dismissed in the 76th minute for a rather wild cross-foot tackle at Emerson Royal.

Harry Kane struck his long-overdue goal which was only his second of this Premier League season but also had a couple of misses otherwise he ought to have departed with the winning match ball. There were some outstanding performances- vital ones among them being Son Heung-min of Tottenham and Trent Alexander-Arnold of Liverpool; the latter nabbed home the King of the Match trophy.

Kane drew the first blood into the encounter around the 13th minute when Tanguy Ndombele spotted Kane’s runoff Ibrahim Konate as he curved the ball in and the Spurs captain made no mistake slotted the ball from the center of the box to the bottom left corner.

Alisson made some errors last night but he denied his side from conceding 2 before equalizing at the 30th minute when Dele Alli came in with a right-footed shot being assisted by Son.

Dele Alli’s miss

The visitors came back with an equalizer within 5 minutes of the save when Diego Jota headed the ball in at the back of the net to the bottom left corner which was orchestrated by Robertson.

Jota’s header

Dele Alli’s performance was a plus point for Tottenham with Ryan Sessegnon the left wing-back alongside Harry Winks in front of the defense feeding passes to the attacking line. This Tottenham side had something changed within them as there was a lot of directness and aggressive quality to their play. The Conte reformation has started. On missing their playmaker Pierre Emile-Hojberg Conte was cautious. But eventually, most of his plans worked as Liverpool missed their midfielder Thiago Alcantara, Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, and Curtis Jones; and defender Virgil Van Dijk Klopp named a debutant midfielder Tyler Morton who failed to catch an eye in this illustrious fixture as he made some rough interceptions and was booked with a yellow card early on of the play. Although it can be hard to cope in these heavy-weight fixtures so there is someplace to cut some slack towards the debutant but the veterans and the more influential presence for Liverpool at the middle of the park- James Milner and Naby Keita fulfilled their roles to a great extent.

Liverpool extended a lead around the 69th minute when Trent Alexander-Arnold’s looped cross found Andy Robertson’s header at the middle of the box.

Robertson’s header

One of the most notable mistakes by Alisson cost them the 2-1 lead when around the 74th minute Son Heung-min equalized with his left-footed shot from the left side and rested the scoreline for the evening at 2-2.

Son’s equalizer

The match concluded with both sides sharing the spoils. Liverpool watched Manchester City’s 4-0 triumph over Newcastle United and they now trail them by three points. They had plenty of regrets as far as the referring was concerned and Klopp was seen furious and talking to the referee Paul Tierney on the challenge on Jota at the 37th minute of a potential penalty claiming that the referee has-“he has never played football”. But as far as Tottenham was concerned they did a commendable job to play with a 5-3-2 system and snatch a point from Liverpool after three-match postponement within a fortnight.

TEAM NEWS:

Tottenham Hotspurs (5-3-2) Lloris; Royal, Sanchez, Dier, Davies, Sessegnon; Ndombele, Winks, Alli; Kane, Son.
Substitutes: Austin, Rodon, Tanganga, Doherty, Reguilon, Skipp, Lo Celso, Bergwijn, Lucas.

Liverpool (4-3-3) Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Matip, Konate, Robertson; Keita, Morton, Milner; Salah, Jota, Mane.
Substitutes: Kelleher, Firmino, Gomez, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Minamino, Tsimikas, Gordon, N Williams, Quansah.

Referee- Paul Tierney

King of the Match– Trent Alexander-Arnold