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Tottenham vs Liverpool player ratings
- Liverpool reduced to nine men as Curtis Jones and Diogo Jota sent off
- Heung-Min Son scored first in 2-1 triumph, as Spurs finally win this fixture for first time since 2017
- The Reds wasted the chance to go top of the Premier League table
Tottenham Player Ratings: Yves Bissouma on song
Gugliemo Vicario 6.5/10 – two great saves in 13th min from Gakpo and Robertson, nothing much else to do
Pedro Porro .5/10 – Fulfilled the full-back role very well, forced the winner with his low cross
Cristian Romero 7/10 – excellent defensive display from Argentinian defender
Micky van de Ven 6.5/10 – lost Gakpo on the goal, lacked mobility and struggled in high line
Destiny Udogie 6.5/10 – accomplished game supporting Richarlison on his flank
Pape Matar Sarr 6.5/10 – all-around good performance next to Bissouma
Yves Bissouma 8/10 – another assured performance in midfield, intelligent positioning matched by strength and composure
Dejan Kulusevski 6.5/10 – his one-footedness made him easy to defend against
Richarlison 7/10 – tireless down the left and was a thorn in Gómez’s side
James Maddison 8/10 – Continues top form from last week, beautiful pass in build up to first goal.
Heung-Min Son 6.5/10 – worked hard off the ball, made the difference in the box in central role
Manor Solomon N/A
Ben Davies N/A
Oliver Skipp N/A
Alejo Veliz N/A
Pierre-Emile Højbjerg N/A
Liverpool Player Ratings: Alisson pushed to the limit
Alisson Becker 7.5/10 – Forced into plenty of action making eight saves in total – the one from Maddison the pick of the bunch
Joe Gomez 5.5/10 – Found it hard to keep Richarlison in check
Joel Matip 6/10 – his own goal sentenced Liverpool to first defeat since April
Virgil Van Dijk 7.5/10 – led the team expertly, grabbed assist and unlucky to be on losing side
Andy Robertson 6.5 – acquitted himself well on left side, testing Porro
Dominik Szoboszlai 6/10 – not accurate enough with the ball, second best to Bissouma and co.
Alex McAllister 6/10 – difficult match where he didn’t shine
Curits Jones 4.5/10 – sent off on 25 minutes for a mistimed challenge over the ball, put his team in trouble
Luis Díaz 7/10 – probing on left and even had the ball in the net, but given marginally offside
Cody Gakpo 7/10 – missed good chance 13th min but perservered to get his goal, unlucky to be injured in process
Mohammed Salah 6.5/10 – always a danger on the break, but didn’t have final product today
Diogo Jota 4.5/10 – replaced Gakpo but ended up putting side in more trouble
Ibrahim Konaté N/A
Trent Alexander-Arnold N/A
Wataru Endo N/A
Ryan Gravenberch N/A
Tottenham vs Liverpool Match Summary and Highlights
The visitors arrived at Tottenham Stadium with a chance to go top of the table, and created the best chance in the opening stages. Klopp’s side looked to stretch their opponents, but it was Curtis Jones’ overstepping the ball that changed this match after 26 minutes. His yellow card for a foul on Yves Bissouma was upgraded to red after a VAR check.
After 36 minutes James Maddison weighted a wonderful through ball to Richarlison, who raced on to it to set up Son for a tap in. The Brazilian was a constant menace, testing Gómez and just before halftime he had another shot go off the post. However, the sides went in even at the break as the Reds were brave despite their numerical disadvantage. They threw bodies in the box and Gakpo found space on the turn from a Virgil Van Dijk knockdown to fire home an equaliser.
— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) September 30, 2023
In the second half Spurs came out of the blocks best, peppering Alisson with shots from distance that the Brazilian did well to keep out. On 58 minutes Maddison, Richarlison and Son combined to have the ball in the net again, but the assistant’s flag was up as they failed to break the deadlock.
Liverpool were keeping the hosts honest by pinning Díaz and Salah on the halfway line, but any hope they had of snatching a win vanished in two maddening minutes. Diogo Jota, on as a second half sub, had just been booked moments earlier when he committed another clumsy challenge and received his marching orders.
It seemed as if Spurs had wasted their chance, but a final roll of the dice down the right saw Pedro Porro fire a low cross across the face of goal that Joel Matip inadvertantly sent past his own goalkeeper. The home team celebrated their first victory over Liverpool since 2017.
Man of the Match: Yves Bissouma
As the Tottenham vs Liverpool player ratings above suggest, the best player on the pitch today was Malian international Yves Bissouma.
The 27-year-old midfielder was the key man in the engine room and his presence ensured that Spurs were able to dominate possession even before the red cards changed the game. In fact, it was Bissouma anticipation to win the ball that led to him being fouled by Curtis Jones
He was strong on the ball and kept things ticking over by providing that link between defence and attack. In total he completed 116 out of 122 passes attemped, making four tackles and winning eight of his 12 duels. Top showing from the former Brighton man.
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