Frustration: The 5 big Liverpool talking points from their 2-2 vs Tottenham

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Frustration: The 5 big Liverpool talking points from their 2-2 vs Tottenham

Liverpool drew 2-2 vs Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday evening. Here are the five big talking points from a crazy Premier League game.

More absences

It was Virgil van Dijk, Fabinho and Curtis Jones in midweek. Today it was Thiago and Jordan Henderson – Liverpool cannot escape absences right now.

Now, fortunately, the captain just had a cold. But the rest did test positive for Covid-19, leaving a gaping hole in the team. Liverpool really felt it vs Tottenham, too, with a midfield that struggled to get a handle on the game.

Unfortunately, we’ll just have to wait and see what happens from here.

Counter-attack

We really, really saw the difference that Fabinho and Van Dijk make in that first half. Spurs just kept finding that ball over the top behind Liverpool and it caused serious problems.

Ibrahima Konate wanted to follow Harry Kane, given the lack of a midfield shield. That dragged him away, however, and Son Heung-Min could drive a diagonal run into the space. It wasn’t smart play from Liverpool and they were lucky to go in having only conceded once.

Inconsistency

There’s only one major talking point here. How on earth is Andy Robertson sent off and Harry Kane isn’t? Kane was high, he lunged, and his studs showed – yellow card.

Robertson was certainly aggressive with his challenge but it wasn’t as bad as Kane’s, let alone worse. Yet the Liverpool man walked and the Spurs one didn’t.

Throw in the debatable penalty on Diogo Jota in the first half and it’s incredibly easy to feel frustrated with this one.

Midfield problems

It was inevitable but Liverpool ran into some serious midfield issues against Spurs here. With Fabinho, Henderson and Thiago all missing, the Reds weren’t able to control things. It didn’t help that Tyler Morton, on his first Premier League start, struggled with the pace of the game.

They left gaps, struggled to hold Spurs back and that led to worries at the back. As we mentioned, Konate was pushing up too high without Fabinho shielding him – the weak midfield affected the mentality all over.

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But what can Klopp really do? We’re not sure if Morton will be a go-to for the next game and we’ll be hoping Henderson returns quickly. The boss certainly has a problem over the next few weeks, though.

Unless…

Premier League clubs meet tomorrow to discuss the season’s future. It’s incredibly unclear right now whether this will be the final game of 2021 or not.

Liverpool have seen four players test positive in just a few days. They’re far from the only club, too – Spurs, in fact, have been hit as hard as anyone and only recovered for the Liverpool game.

So we don’t really know what the immediate future is. We hope Liverpool play Leicester City and Leeds over the next week but we can’t be sure. Attention immediately turns to that meeting.

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