Tottenham vs Liverpool player ratings: Spurs profit from Jones and Jota’s recklessness

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 vs Liverpool player ratings for the game played at the Tottenham Stadium on Saturday
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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

Son Heung-min scores opener for Tottenham vs Liverpool
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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

Van Dijk marshalled his side well in difficult circumstances
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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.

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

Yves Bissouma was the top of the Tottenham vs Liverpool player ratings today
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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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