Tottenham vs Liverpool player ratings: Eric Dier imperious as Emerson Royal has Spurs best game

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Ottenham derailed Liverpool’s title bid with a daring and tactically disciplined 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Heung-min Son finished from close range to put the visitors ahead just before the hour mark, but Luis Diaz’s deflected effort equalized for the Reds 15 minutes from time.

Spurs held off a late play-off to seal a hard-earned Premier League point, although a fourth place was no longer in their hands.

Dan Kilpatrick was at Anfield to enforce the rule on Spurs players…

Hugo Lloris 8

Clawed Sessegnon’s wayward header off his line and made a sprawling save to deny Diaz, while setting the tone with his brave playing from the back. Powerless to stop the deflected goal.

Christian Romero 8

Seemed to like playing at the back and trying to beat the Liverpool press, although there were a few hairy moments. To throw oneself before cross after cross and blow after blow.

Eric Dier 9

An imperious demonstration at the heart of the defensive trio. Superb in the air and led Spurs’ brave approach to play.

Ben Davis 8

In the right place to chain clearances and counterattacks, throwing himself in particular in front of Salah’s strike shortly before the equalizer.

Emerson Royal 9

So often a weak link, the Brazilian produced his best game for Spurs, defending resolutely and attacking with determination. His long punt helped make Son’s goal. Look for the highlights reel.

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Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg 9

Magnificent for protecting the back five in a bold performance. Disrupted countless Liverpool attacks and almost scored a fine goal, hitting the base of the post from 30 yards out.

Rodrigue Bentancur 7

At times seemed taken aback by the pace and intensity of Liverpool’s press, but went up and down relentlessly. Tested Alisson at the start when he could have done better.

Dejan Kulusevsky 7

The conduit for many of Spurs’ most promising counter-attacks, particularly in the first half. Calmer after the interval but put in a real gap on the right flank.

Ryan Sessegnon 8

A performance to justify Conte’s confidence in the young winger. Initially looked nervous but scored the goal with a composed cross and maturely dealt with the threat from Mohamed Salah.

Heung-min Son 7

Scored the goal and worked tirelessly but failed to make the most of a few promising positions in transition.

Harry Kane 7

A yard off the pace, which hampered Spurs’ ability to play on the counter. Either way, he scored the goal with a wonderful touch and a selfless pass to Sessegnon.

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Davinson Sanchez (Sessegnon 76′) 7

Played his part in an important late rear guard.

Harry Winks (Kulusevski 85′) 7

Initially taken aback by the pace of the game, he nearly had his say with a deep cross that should have led to a late winner.

Steven Bergwijn (Son 90′) N/A

Ran menacingly at Liverpool in a brief appearance.

Not used: Gollini, Rodon, White, Craig, Lucas, Scarlett.


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