A thrilling game was played out at Anfield this weekend, where Tottenham Hotspur battled from behind twice to secure a dramatic 2-2 draw, courtesy of Harry Kane`s last-gasp penalty to score his 100th Premier League goal.
The game saw two of the highest-scoring sides in the Premier League go toe-to-toe, as they looked to provide their hopes of landing a top-four finish this season a significant boost as the pair look to ensure they have a spot in the Champions League next season.
It was certainly controversial, with Spurs earning two debatable penalties, and there`s many talking points after the game. It was also a chance for us fans to learn big lessons from the performance and these three things stand out as decisive from the point that we earned at Anfield.
Merseyside woes continue
Tottenham`s poor record at Anfield earned plenty of attention during the build-up to the game, with Spurs last winning on Merseyside in 2011 and winning just two of their past 25 matches against the Reds away from home.
Spurs have shown their ability to go toe-to-toe with the better sides consistently, securing a 4-1 victory against Jurgen Klopp`s side at Wembley earlier this season, but the next step is transferring that form away from home against their biggest rivals.
Away from home against top-six rivals, Mauricio Pochettino`s side have won just once in 19 matches, with the sole victory in that spell coming two years ago against Manchester City, and it`s clear that these struggles are holding the North London back in their quest to get to the top.
Kane continues to shine
Netting his 100th Premier League goal in dramatic style with a penalty deep into additional time, Harry Kane became the 27th player to reach three-figures in England`s top-flight and he took just 141 matches to reach the landmark- with only Alan Shearer hitting that tally in fewer matches (124).
It shows, yet again, that Kane is at the top of his game and it`s tremendous news for both Spurs and England in a crucial World Cup year- and ahead of Tottenham`s move to a new stadium later this year.
Already with 22 goals this season, from just 26 appearances, Kane is on course to beat the 29 goal tally he secured last season, where he won the Golden Boot yet again, and Spurs certainly have a player who is one in a generation.
A week of inspiring form
In a difficult week for Tottenham, where they hosted Manchester United before travelling to Liverpool, Mauricio Pochettino`s side have emerged with their head held high after taking four points from those matches- but the biggest benefit is mentally.
It`s often said that the sign of a title winning side is when a team can manage to avoid defeat when they`re not at their best or a team that`s able to fight back from the brink of a loss to secure a positive result, which is exactly what Kane`s penalty provided yesterday.
In the past few years, Tottenham have also been contenders for the Premier League title but have looked short of ending a long wait for a league crown. Whilst that`s not going to change this season, with Manchester City running away at the top of the table, the signs from Spurs this year have shown that progression is being made and success may be right around the corner for this young and talented side.
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