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Tottenham 1-1 Liverpool – Player Ratings, Matip debut, Firmino False 9 And More

It was an eventful evening at White Hart Lane which saw Liverpool take the lead through a calmly slotted James Milner spot kick before half time, only to end up sharing the spoils courtesy an equalizer that came out of the blue by yet another left back and fellow Englishmen, Danny Rose. Klopp went ahead with Roberto Firmino playing in a familiar False Nine role while the newly arrived free signing from Schalke04, Joel Matip got off to a fine debut performance that put all the discontent of fans regarding Sakho’s loan move to bed.

Let us take a look at the player ratings from the game:

  • SIMON MIGNOLET (7) thumb_26304_default_news_size_5

The Belgian shot-stopper must thank his stars for an unexpected (and perhaps unfortunate) injury to Liverpool number 1 and new arrival Loris Karius. Mignolet reacted very well following the dangerous free kicks from Eriksen and Lamela in either halves of the game.

He also pulled off a stunner to deny Toby Alderweireld from scoring a header but was beaten at near post moments later by a Danny Rose shot on target, where he could have done better.



One of the most consistent Liverpool player last season, Clyne somehow also managed to be linked to a move to Barcelona. His overlapping runs with Mane on the right flank is something to watch out for in future but he failed to provide those incisive crosses and final balls today, unlike his showing at Emirates.

He was also caught out of position and was nowhere to be seen to prevent Danny Rose for the equalizer from his flank.

  • JOEL MATIP (8) matip

After making a debut in LFC shirt during the midweek tie against Burton, it was an impressive League debut for the Cameroon International. He was strong, confident, aerially dominant and comfortable with the ball at his feet, playing into the Spurs half on a couple of occasions.

He provided the pass to Firmino to win his Mereyside team a crucial penalty and also hit the bar from a corner. The Anfield faithful must be relieved to have finally found a CB of his stature and composure as Matip looks to get better with time.

  • DEJAN LOVREN (7.5)

Don’t forget the former Saints defender arrived at Anfield for a hefty fee and was subjected to incessant criticism week in week out, but the tables have turned for both the Croat and the famous Kopites. He managed to keep Janssen quiet and arguably one of the most lethal striker in the League, Harry Kane barely had a sniff with Dejan at back.

His strong performance included 5 Clearances, 10 Duels Won, 52 Touches, 38 Passes with an accuracy of 71%. The fans must be delighted to watch Lovren and Matip forming a formidable partnership at the back.

  • JAMES MILNER (8)milly1

Let’s get one thing straight, Milner is not a specialist Left Back and has rather taken his newfound role in a really sporting manner illustrating what his staggering work rate, precise crosssing and sheer intelligence of the beautiful game can bring to this Liverpool side. It has been a terrific shift into an unorthodox left back for the central midfielder and add to that a calmly slotted penalty kick to give Klopp’s men the lead and Liverpool have a useful player at their disposal.



Lallana is another former Saints star who was subjected to a lot of criticism but has really stepped up under Klopp, becoming an integral part of the gegenpressing system. The midfielder worked his socks off on the pitch earlier today with some incisive through balls in the final third which often caught out the Spurs defence.

He would have also been awarded an assist for Mane’s disallowed goal as he hustled and harried in the midfield. He needs to work on his decision making and must not give away the ball so cheaply, though.

  • JORDAN HENDERSON (7) thumb_26309_default_news_size_5

The Liverpool skipper has been under constant scrutiny for a while now, but was backed by Jurgen Klopp ahead of their trip to White Hart Lane. His performance against Spurs was an improvement following a miserable showing against Burnley.

He was told to protect the back four and did his job well as the Reds did not face any real threat in the first half of the game. With the likes of Grujic and Can pushing for a place in Kloppo’s starting lineup, Henderson does need to step up and start winning games for Liverpool, sooner rather than later.


The GBP 25 million acquisition from Championship side Newcastle United had a largely anonymous outing today. The Dutchman played safe with small passes, covered a lot of ground and displayed his willingness to go forward.

He is still easing into this Liverpool side with doubts on his ideal playing position, but the fans will expect more from the newly bought midfielder who was bought to add goals in the midfield.


The little magician was doubtful for the fixture in London today, following a hamstring complain going into the match. The fans were delighted to see his name in the starting lineup but the Brazilian International looked far from his best today.

He received a yellow card and missed a couple of wonderful chances which he must be finishing to become a world class player. We cannot go too hard on him and he can be forgiven for a rather timid display today following a tight hamstring.

  • SADIO MANE (8) Liverpool-s-Sadio-Mane-704498

Coming after missing out on the catastrophic trip to Burnley, Sadio Mane made an instant impact for the Liverpool side with his trickery, pace, energy and intelligence causing problems for the Spurs defense. Had a terrific first half and almost scored the second goal for Liverpool, only to be denied by the linesman following an offside call.

Mane was booked which therefore made him a little cautious in the second half as he also appeared to be making few wayward passes as the game progressed. Overall, it was a characteristic live-wire performance from the Senegalese International and he looks to be an amazing signing for Klopp and Co.

  • ROBERTO FIRMINO (8.5)firmino

Roberto Firmino might not be in the good books of either Divock Origi or Daniel ‘The Glass’ Sturridge, as he was selected ahead of the two strikers to feature as a False 9 for Klopp’s starting 11. He certainly seems to be one of the first names on the team sheet with impressive workrate, clever movement on and off the ball, drifting into useful areas and dropping back deep to help his team defend, too.

The Brazilian caused plenty of problems for the Spurs reargaurd throughout the game and his intelligent movement earned Liverpool an all important penalty. His selfless play and link-up with fellow compatriot and Mane will be a joy to watch this season.


studgeDivock Origi came on late and could not make the sort of impact Klopp might have hoped from him.

Daniel Sturridge was thrown in the mix with only three minutes before the watch read ninety minutes with very little to offer in the stipulated time.

Youngster and former Spurs academy player Kevin Stewart made an appearance in familiar surroundings but had just a few seconds to be able to make an impact.

It looks like 2 points dropped for Liverpool here, although it was a strong performance against a formidable side. The Burnley defeat is going to hurt us all for a while, it seems.

The Reds will march on to the International Break with a relatively higher confidence level as they prepare to host the defending champions Leicester City to the newly renovated and bigger (read better) Anfield which is waiting to become their fortress.

Thanks for reading, let us know who you think was the MOTM from this game in the comment section given below.

Cheers! YNWA

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