Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Luis Diaz equaliser sends Reds top

Son Heung-min is the first player to score more than 20 league goals in a season for Spurs without any being penalties since Gareth Bale in 2012-13Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp cannot see Manchester City slipping up in the Premier League title race after his side dropped precious points at Anfield for the first time since October in a draw with Tottenham.

The result takes Liverpool top on goal difference but Pep Guardiola’s side can move three points clear with three games remaining if they defeat Newcastle United on Sunday.

Son Heung-min swept the counter-attacking visitors in front after 56 minutes following a link-up between Harry Kane and Ryan Sessegnon and with the Liverpool defence disorganised.

Liverpool naturally flooded forward for an equaliser but it took a heavily deflected shot from Luis Diaz 16 minutes from time to pierce Spurs’ packed defence and draw the home side level.

Spurs continued to defend with resolution after the equaliser and were also a threat on the break as they battled to take something from the game and enhance their top-four challenge.

“I can’t see it,” said Klopp when asked if City might drop points. “I wish I could think differently but I can’t see it.

“My problem is not whether City smash Newcastle. It’s Aston Villa on Tuesday.

“We have a point more than before so that’s good and it’s massively better than when we were 1-0 down. That goal really counts. But it’s not what we wanted, we have to deal with it and we will.”

Conte – the great title race disruptorReaction to Saturday’s Premier League actionGo straight to all the best Liverpool contentVisit our Tottenham pageLiverpool fall short for onceLiverpool at least maintained their unbeaten Premier League record – which now stretches to 16 games, including 13 wins and three draws – but time will tell how damaging this failure to beat Spurs will be as the title race reaches its climax.

Klopp’s team has set magnificently high standards but it was inevitable they would not be able to find a way to win every time and they were up against a side brilliantly organised by visiting coach Antonio Conte.

Liverpool swarmed over Spurs from the start but once the early storm blew over they could not carve out many clear openings against a resolute defence, in which Cristian Romero was absolutely outstanding.

Klopp vows Liverpool will ‘keep going’Virgil van Dijk struck the woodwork before the break – as did Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg – as Liverpool frequently threatened from set-pieces but Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were kept largely quiet, and were after the break too.

Diaz was the main threat, as he arguably has since he arrived in January, and the Colombia winger deserved his goal even if it was helped by a big deflection off Rodrigo Bentancur.

Liverpool were roared forward by a Kop desperate for another piece of late Anfield drama but too many crosses went astray and too many moves foundered on the rock of the Spurs defence.

Klopp’s side have relentlessly pursued City in the past two months knowing any slip-up would be damaging and after these dropped two points must now hope Guardiola’s side lose rather than merely draw one of their remaining games in order to reel them in.

Tottenham ‘happy’ with Anfield draw – ConteSpurs show their steelConte once again showed his nous as a coach as he organised his players to execute a gameplan that frustrated Liverpool and which almost brought a memorable win.

Spurs had a rough ride early on as Liverpool, lifted by reaching the Champions League final and boosted by a buoyant Anfield, tore into the visitors but came through that and showed qualities that have been witnessed in patches since the Italian’s arrival.

They were fiercely well-disciplined and their ability to rise to the occasion is proved by the fact they have now come through their four league meetings with Liverpool and Manchester City undefeated this season.

Spurs showed two sides to their game as they were outstanding in defence but also carried a serious threat on the break, creating enough chances to perhaps regret not getting three points.

Son’s goal showed exactly what Spurs were all about as Kane controlled the ball brilliantly, passing up the chance to shoot and instead playing in Sessegnon, whose cut-back was finished off by the South Korea forward.

In the context of the chase for a place in the Champions League, Conte will curse how Hojbjerg passed up a golden opportunity in the dying seconds.

Nevertheless the performance will give them heart going into Thursday’s potentially decisive north London derby at home to Arsenal. They are now in fifth place, one point behind the Gunners having a played a game more.

Player of the match

Son Heung-MinSon Heung-Min

with an average of 7.69

LiverpoolSquad number23Player nameDíaz

Squad number4Player namevan Dijk

Squad number6Player nameThiago Alcántara

Squad number1Player nameAlisson

Squad number5Player nameKonaté

Squad number3Player nameFabinho

Squad number26Player nameRobertson

Squad number10Player nameMané

Squad number14Player nameHenderson

Squad number11Player nameMohamed Salah

Squad number66Player nameAlexander-Arnold

Squad number21Player nameTsimikas

Squad number20Player nameDiogo Jota

Squad number8Player nameKeïta

Tottenham HotspurSquad number7Player nameSon Heung-Min

Squad number33Player nameDavies

Squad number4Player nameRomero

Squad number15Player nameDier

Squad number1Player nameLloris

Squad number19Player nameRyan Sessegnon

Squad number30Player nameBentancur

Squad number21Player nameKulusevski

Squad number6Player nameD Sánchez

Squad number10Player nameKane

Squad number23Player nameBergwijn

Squad number8Player nameWinks

Squad number12Player nameEmerson Royal

Squad number5Player nameHøjbjerg

Line-upsLiverpoolFormation 4-3-3

1Alisson

66Alexander-Arnold5Konaté4van Dijk26Robertson

14Henderson3Fabinho6Thiago Alcántara

11Salah10Mané23Díaz

1Alisson66Alexander-Arnold5Konaté4van Dijk26RobertsonSubstituted forTsimikasat 64’minutesBooked at 69mins14HendersonSubstituted forJotaat 65’minutes3FabinhoBooked at 80minsSubstituted forKeïtaat 88’minutesBooked at 90mins6Thiago Alcántara11Salah10Mané23DíazSubstitutes7Milner8Keïta12Gomez17Jones20Jota21Tsimikas27Origi32Matip62KelleherTottenhamFormation 3-4-3

1Lloris

4Romero15Dier33Davies

12Emerson Royal30Bentancur5Højbjerg19R Sessegnon

21Kulusevski10Kane7Son Heung-Min

1Lloris4Romero15Dier33DaviesBooked at 53mins12Emerson Royal30Bentancur5Højbjerg19R SessegnonBooked at 70minsSubstituted forD Sánchezat 78’minutes21KulusevskiSubstituted forWinksat 85’minutes10Kane7Son Heung-MinSubstituted forBergwijnat 90+1’minutesSubstitutes6D Sánchez8Winks14Rodon22Gollini23Bergwijn27Lucas Moura42White44Scarlett51CraigReferee:Michael Oliver

Attendance:53,177

Live TextMatch ends, Liverpool 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Second Half ends, Liverpool 1, Tottenham Hotspur 1.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Emerson Royal.

Naby Keïta (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Naby Keïta (Liverpool).

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

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Steven Bergwijn replaces Son Heung-Min.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Davinson Sánchez.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Salah (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Luis Díaz.

Substitution, Liverpool. Naby Keïta replaces Fabinho.

Attempt missed. Ben Davies (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is just a bit too high. Assisted by Son Heung-Min following a fast break.

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Pierre-Emile Højbjerg.

Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Harry Winks replaces Dejan Kulusevski.

Foul by Luis Díaz (Liverpool).

Dejan Kulusevski (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Thiago.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Ibrahima Konaté.

Fabinho (Liverpool) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Fabinho (Liverpool).

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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