RATINGS: Diaz steps forward for Liverpool but Salah disappoints

PLAYER RATINGS: Luis Diaz steps forward as Liverpool’s most dangerous attacking threat and Son Heung-min continues his impressive season in front of goal for Tottenham… but a frustrating night for Mohamed Salah on his 250th appearance for the Reds

  • Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham: Reds drop points in the race for the Premier League title
  • Luis Diaz was lively for Liverpool on a quiet night for talisman Mohamed Salah
  • Son Heung-min scored his 21st goal of the season as he again starred for Spurs 

Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes suffered a blow as the Reds dropped points in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham at Anfield. 

Son Heung-min put the visitors in front in the second half, but Luis Diaz’s deflected strike drew the Reds level.  

Sportsmail‘s RICHARD TANNER rated the players.

Luis Diaz provided Liverpool’s equaliser against Tottenham and was always dangerous

LIVERPOOL (4-3-3)    

Alisson Becker: Early save from Bentancur but could do nothing about Tottenham’s goal. 6

Trent Alexander-Arnold: Always a threat with his distribution and solid defensive display too. 7

Ibrahima Konate: Preferred to Joel Matip because of his extra pace but didn’t always look comfortable. 5

Virgil van Dijk: Went close with first half header that clipped the bar but kept on his toes by Kane and Son. 6

Virgil van Dijk clipped the bar with a header in the first half and had a busy evening in defence

Andy Robertson: Sent over a number of well-flighted corners from the left but replaced by Tsimikas in second half. 6

Jordan Henderson: Vital challenge to block early Kane shot and busy in midfield before being replaced by Jota. 6

Fabinho: Quiet night and failed to close down Kane in the move that led to Tottenham’s goal. 5

Thiago: Kept Liverpool in command with his usual master class of passing and clever reading of the game. 8

Mohamed Salah: Frustrating night for the Egyptian who was kept well shackled in 250th game for Liverpool. 5

It was Mohamed Salah’s 250th appearance for Liverpool but it was a frustrating night for him

Sadio Mane: Early shot straight at Lloris but otherwise couldn’t find the space to open up a compact defence. 6

Luis Diaz: Liverpool’s most dangerous attacking player, first half shot saved by Lloris and got the equaliser with deflected shot. 7

Subs: Jota (replaced Henderson 64 mins, 5), Tsimikas (replaced Robertson 64 mins, 5), Keita (replaced Fabinho 88 mins).

Subs not used: Caoimhin Kelleher, Joe Gomez, Joel Matip, James Milner, Curtis Jones, Divock Origi.

TOTTENHAM (3-4-3)   

Hugo Lloris: His accurate clearance started move for the goal but could little about Diaz’s deflected shot. 8

Cristian Romero: Erratic performance from the Argentine including some typically strong defending but poor distribution. 7

Hugo Lloris could do little about Liverpool’s goal but started off the move for his side’s opener

Eric Dier: Stalwart defending getting in the way vital blocks and clearances. 7

Ben Davies: Kept concentration well and like Dier and Romero made countless important blocks. 7 

Emerson Royal: Produced a disciplined performance in all-round solid Spurs defensive display. 6

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg: Workmanlike midfield display and went close with long shot that struck the outside of the post. 6 

Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg went close with long shot that struck the outside of the post

Ryan Sessegnon: Nearly scored an own goal with miscued header in the first half but set up Son’s winner. 6

Dejan Kulusevski: Largely peripheral figure but fired one shot straight at Alisson. 5 

Harry Kane: Played a vital part in the goal with his perfectly-weighted pass to Sessegnon.

Son Heung-Min: Always a threat with his pace on the break and netted his 21st goal of the season. 7

Son Heung-min scored his 21st goal of the season and was a threat all evening at Anfield

Subs: Sanchez (replaced Sessegnon 77 mins, 5), Winks (replaced Kulusevski 85 mins), Bergwijn (replaced Son 91 mins).

Subs not used: Pierluigi Gollini, Joe Rodon, Harry White, Matthew Craig, Lucas Moura, Dane Scarlett.

Referee: Michael Oliver 8

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