Date: 5th February 2018 at 2:20pm
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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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36 Replies to “Three Things We Learned From Tottenham Point At Anfield”

  • Mersyside Woes ? we’ve taken four points out of six against Liverpool. I’d settle for that against all the top six teams. As for Kane the problem is he’s being played virtually every game. When that happened two seasons ago he ran out of steam with about six weeks of the season left. If we want to win the Arsenal game then Poch has got to make major changes for the FA Cup tie. Since Moura is supposed to be a winger why not start him and Llorente. Give Lucas instructions to keep attacking the full back and sending in crosses for Llorente and just see what happens. One further thing from the game – Poch has got to stop making excuses for Ali’s diving and make him cut it out. A referee is going to be very reluctant to give a penalty now when Dele hits the deck almost regardless of the circumstances because he’ll have a justified fear of being conned.

  • Agree about Dele diving, he really does need to ut it out. He will get himself sent off sooner or later because of it and yes refs will be reluctant, not only in case they get conned, but I feel some of them may well try to “teach him a lesson” so to speak by purposely not awarding one when it should be.
    I thought this was a far better showing than the manure game as we had to fight hard for the point. Against manure we blew so many chances that we should have been four up at least after 90 minutes, but once again our outfield dominance came to virtually nothing, we score one and they score the other. We NEED to be a damned sight more ruthless and clinical in front of goal if we are to finish in the top four let alone win the Prem at any stage. We have the players when they are on song, but that doesn’t seem to happen enough, we need that consistency that true champions have rather than blowing hot and cold all the time.
    But yesterday we fought hard even though Dier decided he was a ‘pool player for a few seconds.
    As for Salah, why didn’t we buy him.

  • 123Spurs, Salah was a ghost buster on that play. Brilliance on his part more than ghostly performance by our lads.

  • Salah’s 2nd goal gave Lloris the idea of going to ground early and kiss Salah’s celestial feet.

  • Hey Falstaff/Knobhead/David O’Brien, thanks for confirming on the other thread. Hope life’s treating you well over there (beaches and women!), still back and forth between Brazil and New York? Good to have you back and your incessant posts during the game. Can’t remember if it is you or Block D that hold’s the record for consecutive posts. May be we’ll hit those 1000 posts threads soon, tha’s if Vital admin get their act together with (non) matchday threads! :o).

  • Genuinely reckon Dele slipped and he didn’t look for the pen, but he has a bad rep now. For me we’ve finally started to show the quality all over the pitch that helped us gain momentum in last 2 seasons. With Alderweireld set to come back, Lamela getting sharper and Moura hopefully making an impact, things are looking up again!

  • 3 points against the Woolwich and suddenly our record against top 6 for this season anyway doesn’t seem so bad!

  • Bad news BCS. I was looking forward to seeing him play. Doubt he?ll get a start vs Arsenal. Hopefully on the bench.

  • 3 things I learned? 1. Their goalkeeper did his homework. (He just stood still!) 2. Harry is human after all. 3. Harry has big, big balls. Golden boots and iron Gonads!

  • thanks for the welcome, critical. I’ll not be able to provide the running commentary during the coming Arse-in-hole match this weekend. My bad. I’ll be driving the whole day. What can one do? But I’ll try to provide the yoeman tasks again soon thereafter. Those who despair at this are invited to scroll on by. Abra├žos. I’m in NYC now, but back to Brasil in April. I’m trying to open some schools there to provide education the the children of the extremely poor who would be facing a life of prison or drugs and guns otherwise. Something to do to stop going balmy as I age. LOL.

  • By the way, a friend of mine named David O’Brien is the biggest fool and knobhead I’ve ever known (I envy his skill at it), so I’ve decided to adopt his name to succeed knobhead and fool. He’s a fellow who can prattle on about mythology and its place in modern football for hours upon hours. Perfect for vitalspurs, methinks. (I once heard him expound for hours about how the belief in anthropromorphic gods is the result of us recognizing as children that other people have minds just as I do, and then assuming that this extends to trees and rocks and all of nature. So a tree has a mind just like we do. So nature must be a god that has a mind and has intentions and hopes etc. just like me. Can you imagine his take on why I’m a Spurs supporter since my childhood? If a tree can be sacred, then both the tree and I can cry when the Spurs play poorly. Harry Kane has the soul of a samauma tree. https://www.google.com/search?q=image+samauma&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=LfPTdwPocqmOxM%253A%252CnOshw32J5wYmpM%252C_&usg=__0LFGnjKP3RH_VQOrIdh5rE7H6bk%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjD3dP4o5DZAhWto1kKHZvbDcsQ9QEINzAG#imgrc=LfPTdwPocqmOxM:

  • By the way, a friend of mine named David O’Brien is the biggest fool and knobhead I’ve ever known (I envy his skill at it), so I’ve decided to adopt his name to succeed knobhead and fool. He’s a fellow who can prattle on about mythology and its place in modern football for hours upon hours. Perfect for vitalspurs, methinks. (I once heard him expound for hours about how the belief in anthropromorphic gods is the result of us recognizing as children that other people have minds just as I do, and then assuming that this extends to trees and rocks and all of nature. So a tree has a mind just like we do. So nature must be a god that has a mind and has intentions and hopes etc. just like me. Can you imagine his take on why I’m a Spurs supporter since my childhood? If a tree can be sacred, then both the tree and I can cry when the Spurs play poorly. Harry Kane has the soul of a samauma tree. https://www.google.com/search?q=image+samauma&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=LfPTdwPocqmOxM%253A%252CnOshw32J5wYmpM%252C_&usg=__0LFGnjKP3RH_VQOrIdh5rE7H6bk%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjD3dP4o5DZAhWto1kKHZvbDcsQ9QEINzAG#imgrc=LfPTdwPocqmOxM:

  • By the way, a friend of mine named David O’Brien is the biggest fool and knobhead I’ve ever known (I envy his skill at it), so I’ve decided to adopt his name to succeed knobhead and fool. He’s a fellow who can prattle on about mythology and its place in modern football for hours upon hours. Perfect for vitalspurs, methinks. (I once heard him expound for hours about how the belief in anthropromorphic gods is the result of us recognizing as children that other people have minds just as I do, and then assuming that this extends to trees and rocks and all of nature. So a tree has a mind just like we do. So nature must be a god that has a mind and has intentions and hopes etc. just like me. Can you imagine his take on why I’m a Spurs supporter since my childhood? If a tree can be sacred, then both the tree and I can cry when the Spurs play poorly. Harry Kane has the soul of a samauma tree. https://www.google.com/search?q=image+samauma&tbm=isch&source=iu&ictx=1&fir=LfPTdwPocqmOxM%253A%252CnOshw32J5wYmpM%252C_&usg=__0LFGnjKP3RH_VQOrIdh5rE7H6bk%3D&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjD3dP4o5DZAhWto1kKHZvbDcsQ9QEINzAG#imgrc=LfPTdwPocqmOxM:

  • hope most of you scrolled by the last post. IF you didn’t, as least check out the images of the samauma trees. They do cry. I know. I’ve slept under them and been awakened by their weeping. only a damned knobhead would do that. COYS.

  • WFT? how the feck did that comment repeat three times? It must have had a sacred mind of its own. Certainly shocked me with its egoistic behavior.

  • As I’ve said previously, I don’t think any player should be yellow carded for diving unless they actually CLAIM a penalty …. otherwise, just play on!

  • Geofspurs, have you no fear that under your no-card for diving unless they “claim” a penalty would increase the number of players diving? And what would count as a “claim”? Verbally saying to the official that you were knocked to the ground? So, everyone would go to the ground and no-one would say a word. The problem, for me, is the player who legitimately is clumsy and simply falls to the ground without being pushed and is carded for it. But I take your suggestion as a serious one.

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