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Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur

Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho scored his 10th of the season to make him Liverpool's leading scorer

Tottenham missed the opportunity to increase pressure on Premier League leaders Leicester City as they could only draw with Liverpool at Anfield.

Harry Kane's superb finish on the turn after 63 minutes gave Spurs a point after Philippe Coutinho slipped in Daniel Sturridge's pass early in the second half.

Keeper Hugo Lloris kept Spurs on level terms with fine saves from Sturridge and two from Adam Lallana in the opening half - while Coutinho was inches off target in the closing moments.

Mauricio Pochettino's side had chances of their own in the second half, with Liverpool keeper Simon Mignolet saving well from Christian Eriksen and Mousa Dembele, while Son Heung-min should have done better than volley wide from Eric Dier's pass.

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Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham: Feels like two points dropped - Mauricio Pochettino

The draw means Leicester would go seven points clear with victory at home to Southampton on Sunday.

One point gained or two lost for Spurs?

Kane's brilliant turn and finish after Eriksen chased a lost cause into the corner at least gave Spurs a point when they threatened to leave Anfield empty-handed after Coutinho's opener.

In the final reckoning, however, they will regard this as a chance missed - and manager Pochettino's body language seemed to suggest as much as he agonised over Mignolet's late save from Dembele and the sight of Toby Alderweireld's header flashing inches wide from the resulting corner.

Spurs will now be banking on Southampton doing them a favour at the King Power Stadium on Sunday as a seven-point advantage with only six games left is a big gap to claw back and would need something close to a Foxes collapse.

A point still gives Spurs something to cling to as they chase that first title in 55 years - but they will know it could have been all three had they been more clinical to benefit fully from that outstanding first-half work by keeper Lloris.

Harry Kane's goal
Harry Kane's goal came when he let Christian Eriksen's pass roll across his body, foxing Dejan Lovren, to find the opposite corner

Liverpool must build team around Coutinho

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will be taking big decisions about his squad as he tries to make his own permanent imprint on Anfield in the summer.

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Mixed feelings for Klopp after draw

He will surely have already drawn one conclusion from his first six months at the club - the new-look Liverpool that will surely emerge next season must be built around the mercurial talent of Coutinho.

The 23-year-old returned from international duty with Brazil but no-one would have imagined he had taken the arduous journey from South America given his energy and inspiration.

Coutinho was wisely brought to Anfield by Brendan Rodgers and has flourished further under Klopp, as proved by the brilliance of his goal against Manchester United in the Europa League and the composure he showed to finish in front of the Kop against Spurs.

He is the man who sprinkles magic on this Liverpool side and has years ahead of him to develop into a truly world-class talent.

Klopp will be bringing in new faces as he reshapes Liverpool but Coutinho will be going nowhere.

Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge has scored four league goals in an injury-hit season

Sturridge still struggling

Sturridge has the twin objective of piecing his Liverpool career together again after suffering a succession of injuries over the last two years while cementing a place in England manager Roy Hodgson's Euro 2016 squad.

Here, it was clear he is still taking tentative steps on the road back as he looked ring rusty and still short of the form that made him such a potent force.

Sturridge showed his vision with a clever pass for Coutinho's goal but his snatched finish straight at Lloris in the first half hinted at fragile confidence. He had run out of steam by the time he was replaced by Divock Origi late on.

Man of the Match: Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool)

Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho's goal came after a neat one-two with Daniel Sturridge, with Jugen Klopp calling the Brazilian a "genuis player".

Manager reaction

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp: "Tottenham are fighting for the title, we fought for the three points. It didn't look like six or seven positions between the two teams. If you want to change the situation, we have to stay in the game. It is about belief. We are not sure we can always beat teams like these.

"You have to learn to become a winner. On this way, we have a few knocks but we are still on a good way. There is not a lot wrong and we can build on this."

Stats you need to know

  • Liverpool have won five and lost none of their last seven Premier League meetings with Tottenham.
  • After going seven Premier League games without scoring, Philippe Coutinho has now scored in back-to-back games for Liverpool.
  • Tottenham have won just one of their last 22 Premier League visits to Anfield (W1 D7 L14).
  • Christian Eriksen has now recorded more assists in 2015-16 than in any other previous campaign for Spurs (9).
  • Spurs have recovered the most points from losing positions this season (19), while Liverpool have dropped the most from leading positions (17).

What next?

Liverpool travel to Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League on Thursday (20:05 BST) before hosting Stoke a week on Sunday (16:00 BST). Tottenham face Manchester United at home on the same day (also 16:00 BST).

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Clyne
  • 6Lovren
  • 17Sakho
  • 18Moreno
  • 14Henderson
  • 23CanBooked at 64mins
  • 7MilnerSubstituted forIbeat 90+3'minutes
  • 20LallanaSubstituted forAllenat 82'minutes
  • 10CoutinhoBooked at 24mins
  • 15SturridgeSubstituted forOrigiat 72'minutes

Substitutes

  • 4K Touré
  • 24Allen
  • 27Origi
  • 33Ibe
  • 37Skrtel
  • 44B Smith
  • 52Ward

Tottenham

  • 1Lloris
  • 2Walker
  • 4Alderweireld
  • 27Wimmer
  • 3Rose
  • 15Dier
  • 19Dembélé
  • 7Son Heung-minSubstituted forChadliat 66'minutes
  • 20AlliSubstituted forMasonat 88'minutes
  • 23Eriksen
  • 10Kane

Substitutes

  • 8Mason
  • 13Vorm
  • 16Trippier
  • 22Chadli
  • 25Onomah
  • 28Carroll
  • 33Davies
Referee:
Jonathan Moss
Attendance:
44,062

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home42%
Away58%
Shots
Home15
Away18
Shots on Target
Home7
Away5
Corners
Home12
Away9
Fouls
Home11
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Jordon Ibe replaces James Milner.

Attempt missed. Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Mamadou Sakho.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

Attempt saved. Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

Ryan Mason (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Joe Allen (Liverpool).

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left from a direct free kick.

Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Dejan Lovren (Liverpool).

Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Emre Can (Liverpool).

Substitution

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Ryan Mason replaces Dele Alli.

Attempt blocked. Eric Dier (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Harry Kane.

Attempt saved. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Philippe Coutinho.

Attempt blocked. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jordan Henderson.

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Divock Origi.

Foul by Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur).

Emre Can (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Danny Rose.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Joe Allen replaces Adam Lallana.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Eric Dier.

Attempt saved. Divock Origi (Liverpool) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathaniel Clyne.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kyle Walker.

Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Divock Origi (Liverpool).

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jordan Henderson.

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Divock Origi replaces Daniel Sturridge.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Kevin Wimmer.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Nacer Chadli.

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Adam Lallana (Liverpool).

Attempt blocked. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Toby Alderweireld.

Kevin Wimmer (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Adam Lallana (Liverpool).

goal

As It Stood

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1Leicester31199354312366
2Tottenham321711457253262
3Arsenal31177752302258
4Man City31166956322454
5West Ham311312649371251
6Man Utd30148838271150
7Southampton31138104132947
8Stoke32138113639-347
9Liverpool3012994641545
10Chelsea31111194941844
11West Brom311010113037-740
12Everton29911951411038
13Bournemouth32108143854-1638
14Watford31107143036-637
15Swansea32910133342-937
16Crystal Palace3197153442-834
17Norwich3287173556-2131
18Sunderland3169163655-1927
19Newcastle3167183158-2725
20Aston Villa3237222262-4016
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