Tottenham close in on Arsenal in top four chase with thumping derby win

Harry Kane struck a double as Tottenham reignited the battle to finish in the top four with a convincing 3-0 victory at home to 10-man Arsenal.

The England striker coolly converted a spot kick awarded for Cedric Soares’ foul on Son Heung-Min to put the hosts in front on 22 minutes.

The Gunners’ evening then took a further turn for the worse when Rob Holding was given his marching orders for a second yellow card following another foul on Son just past the half hour.

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Kane took full advantage of Arsenal’s disarray when he boosted his tally in North London derbies to 13 goals overall, tucking in a flick-on from a right-wing corner on 37 minutes.

Spurs were in complete control and they made sure it would be a long second period for their rivals when Son netted within a minute of the restart to claim his 21st league goal of the campaign.

The result means fifth-placed Spurs move to within a point of Arsenal in fourth spot, with just two matches to play.

Next up, Spurs host Burnley on Sunday while Arsenal visit Newcastle on Monday.

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Talking Point

Advantage Spurs? If there was a worst-case scenario for Mikel Arteta this was it. A resounding defeat with defensive deficiencies exposed and issues over personnel to consider with Holding set for a suspension and Gabriel appearing to limp off injured.

Fourth place remains in the Gunners’ hands, but it’s likely to now go to the wire. Spurs meet Burnley next and could be ahead of Arsenal prior to their clash at Newcastle. Arteta’s side then finish with battling Everton at home while Spurs are at rock-bottom Norwich.

The fixtures, the momentum and the goal difference appear to favour Spurs, but Arteta’s young guns have bounced back plenty of times already this season and will need to show real character from here if they to achieve their target.

Son Heung-Min of Tottenham Hotspur celebrates after scoring a goal to make it 3-0 during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on May 12, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by James Williamson)

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Man of the match

Son Heung-Min (Tottenham). Kane will get the headlines for his brace but Son was the player Arsenal simply could not handle. Holding’s red card is testament to that as he capped another live-wire showing with a goal that moves him to within one of Mo Salah in the race to be the Premier League’s top marksman.

Player Ratings

SPURS: Lloris 7, Emerson Royal 8, Sanchez 8, Dier 8, Davies 8, Hojbjerg 8, Bentancur 8, Sessegnon 8, Kulusevski 8, Son 9, Kane 9. Subs: Bergwijn 6, Moura 6, Rodon n/a.

ARSENAL: Ramsdale 7, Tomiyasu 6, Holding 4, Gabriel 6, Cedric 5, Xhaka 6, Elneny 6, Saka 6, Odegaard 6, Martinelli 5, Nketiah 6. Subs: Smith Rowe 6, Lacazette 6, Tavares 6.

Matchcast: Full match stats and commentary

Key moments

22’ – GOAL! – Tottenham 1-0 Arsenal. Kane sends Ramsdale the wrong way with a clinical low spot kick into the corner.

33’ – ARSENAL RED CARD! Holding is shown a second yellow card for blocking Son’s run. The referee has no option. That’s so rash from the Gunners man.

37’ – GOAL! – Tottenham 2-0 Arsenal. Kane stoops in at the far post to nod home from close range after Arsenal had failed to deal with a flick-on from a right-wing corner.

47’ – GOAL! – Tottenham 3-0 Arsenal. Son gets in on the act as he calmly tucks a first-time shot into the corner after Kane had caused havoc inside the area.

59’ – TOTTENHAM CHANCE! Emerson almost steals in for a fourth but Ramsdale pulls off a fine stop to keep out his header following a brilliant cross from Kane.

Key Stats

Arsenal have had 13 players sent off in the Premier League since Mikel Arteta’s first game in charge, which is five more than any other side during this time frame

Rob Holding’s dismissal after 33 minutes is the earliest in a North London derby in the Premier League since November 2012, when Emmanuel Adebayor was sent off for Spurs in the 18th minute.

Spurs have won three consecutive home league games against Arsenal for the first time since August 1961, while this is their biggest league win against the Gunners since April 1983 (5-0).

Son Heung-min has scored 21 non-penalty goals in the Premier League this season, with only Harry Kane ever netting more goals, excluding penalties, in a single season in the competition for Spurs (28 in 2017-18 and 24 in 2016-17).

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Jose Mourinho has admitted his “hurt” over his sacking by Tottenham last year, but has insisted that he is happy at Roma.

Mourinho departed north London the week before the League Cup final – which Tottenham subsequently lost 1-0 under interim boss Ryan Mason – with the news largely overshadowed by the club’s involvement in the European Super League debacle. Spurs were seventh in the Premier League when Mourinho was relieved of his duties, finishing in the same place at the end of the season and only just scraping Europa Conference League qualification.

Despite all that, he was unattached for less than a month before being snapped up by Roma. While his first season with the Giallorossi has not been an unqualified success – his side are currently sixth in Serie A, having lost 2-0 to Fiorentina on Monday – they reached the Europa Conference League final with a 1-0 win against Leicester last week, while Spurs went out at the group stage.

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Speaking to Sky Sports, Mourinho has conceded that he was stung by the manner in which he left north London. “I am in the maturity of my career and also my life where I don’t have bad feelings, I just try to accept things the way they are,” he said.

“Yes. Yes it hurt. I react in a funny way when I speak with some English journalists at press conferences. I always say the joke about qualifying for the [Conference League] final, I hope not to be sacked this time, because it’s something that doesn’t happen to too many coaches.

“This time I cannot say I’m the privileged one, because it happened to me.

“I don’t have regrets. I don’t have bad feelings. There are lots of nice people in Tottenham and I wish them the best. Even to Mr Levy. But for a guy with my career and my history I think it was a strange thing to happen.

“But in the end it opened the door for me to be in Rome and I’m very happy to be in Rome.

“Of course, I would love to be in a position of fighting to win titles or to be in the Champions League where I played 160 or 170 games there. But I am loved here. I love the people here. I feel very much a part of the empathy created between the fans and the club and myself and the players. I’m very happy here.”

Mourinho was also asked about another one of his former clubs in Chelsea. Following a spell of intense off-field turmoil in the aftermath of Roman Abramovich being sanctioned by the UK government – the club is now on the verge of a takeover by a consortium led by LA Dodgers co-owner Todd Boehly – Thomas Tuchel’s side have floundered on the pitch and have one win from their last five matches.

“It’s a difficult moment and you can even feel it at the football level because they have lost that level of excellence and stability,” Mourinho said. “But this is at the moment, you know.

“If you ask me do I have someone I would like to take over my Chelsea? Then yes I have, but I close my mouth.

“I just know the club has reached such a level that it doesn’t matter who it’s with, Chelsea will always be Chelsea. Chelsea will always be.

“And my house will always be 200 metres from the stadium and I want to keep listening to the sound of happiness and success and I’m pretty sure it’s going to be like that.”

Mourinho speaks with Tammy Abraham as he leaves the field at the Stadio Artemio Franchi

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Much of what Roma have done well this season has been down to a former Chelsea player in Tammy Abraham, who has 25 goals in all competitions under Mourinho.

“Against Leicester he was absolutely amazing and at this moment I joke and say ‘I refuse to praise him’ because he can always do better,” his manager said.

“He knows how happy I am. He knows how much I love the kid and the player and I’m proud of what we are doing and I’m so happy for Tammy.

“We have got into this situation where I demand a lot from him because I know he can do amazingly well.

“I don’t think it’s an easy decision for a young player to leave his club, his house, his city, his country and to leave the Premier League, which is of course a competition that, when a player is in, it’s hard to leave.

“He took that option and I think he took it because he trusted me. And I think, in this moment, if he wants to go back to England – I don’t think he wants to, no – but if he wants to go back to England he just needs to click his fingers and I’m so happy for him.”

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Guardiola 'colapsa'

Pep Guardiola (51 años) sigue buscando la Champions League que le falta. Es precisamente en esa búsqueda incesante por hacerse con la máxima competición continental cuando más han sonado sus derrotas con goles en el último suspiro que han acabado con las aspiraciones del entrenador catalán, que vivió su primer colapso con el Barcelona.

Hay que volver 12 años atrás, cuando Guardiola perseguía su segunda Champions consecutiva con el Barça pero se encontró en las semifinales al Inter de Milán, dirigido por José Mourinho. Los azulgranas eran los grandes favoritos pero 13 minutos de frenesí en el Guiseppe Meazza fueron suficientes para que los interistas marcaran dos goles y pusieran patas arriba la eliminatoria.

Más cruel fue la vuelta de las semifinales de Liga de Campeones en la temporada 2013-14, la primera de Guardiola en el Bayern de Múnich. Su equipo arrasó en las rondas previas desplegando un gran fútbol antes de enfrentarse al Real Madrid, que le terminó devorando en 18 minutos con dos goles de Sergio Ramos y uno de Cristiano Ronaldo. El partido acabó 0-4 y el entrenador catalán ha reconocido en más de una ocasión que fue su “peor derrota”.

No obstante, la temporada siguiente, el Barcelona haría algo muy parecido marcando tres goles al Bayern en 17 minutos. Otro colapso de un equipo de Guardiola, que en el Manchester City también ha vivido noches aciagas en Champions: el Mónaco en 2017, el Liverpool en 2018, el Tottenham en 2019 y el Lyon en 2020 le dejaron fuera de combate en cuestión de minutos.

Así pues, el Real Madrid es el último equipo en aprovecharse de los ‘lapsus’ del City de Guardiola, y es precisamente el equipo madridista el mejor dato ostenta por su remontada exprés en el Santiago Bernabéu. Rodrygo, por partida doble, y Benzema de penalti, marcaron tres goles en tan solo seis minutos de juego que dejaron al entrenador catalán fuera de una nueva final de la Champions.

Guardiola 'colapsa'

Pep Guardiola (51 años) sigue buscando la Champions League que le falta. Es precisamente en esa búsqueda incesante por hacerse con la máxima competición continental cuando más han sonado sus derrotas con goles en el último suspiro que han acabado con las aspiraciones del entrenador catalán, que vivió su primer colapso con el Barcelona.

Hay que volver 12 años atrás, cuando Guardiola perseguía su segunda Champions consecutiva con el Barça pero se encontró en las semifinales al Inter de Milán, dirigido por José Mourinho. Los azulgranas eran los grandes favoritos pero 13 minutos de frenesí en el Guiseppe Meazza fueron suficientes para que los interistas marcaran dos goles y pusieran patas arriba la eliminatoria.

Más cruel fue la vuelta de las semifinales de Liga de Campeones en la temporada 2013-14, la primera de Guardiola en el Bayern de Múnich. Su equipo arrasó en las rondas previas desplegando un gran fútbol antes de enfrentarse al Real Madrid, que le terminó devorando en 18 minutos con dos goles de Sergio Ramos y uno de Cristiano Ronaldo. El partido acabó 0-4 y el entrenador catalán ha reconocido en más de una ocasión que fue su “peor derrota”.

No obstante, la temporada siguiente, el Barcelona haría algo muy parecido marcando tres goles al Bayern en 17 minutos. Otro colapso de un equipo de Guardiola, que en el Manchester City también ha vivido noches aciagas en Champions: el Mónaco en 2017, el Liverpool en 2018, el Tottenham en 2019 y el Lyon en 2020 le dejaron fuera de combate en cuestión de minutos.

Así pues, el Real Madrid es el último equipo en aprovecharse de los ‘lapsus’ del City de Guardiola, y es precisamente el equipo madridista el mejor dato ostenta por su remontada exprés en el Santiago Bernabéu. Rodrygo, por partida doble, y Benzema de penalti, marcaron tres goles en tan solo seis minutos de juego que dejaron al entrenador catalán fuera de una nueva final de la Champions.

'I don't like this kind of football' – Klopp slates Spurs' tactics

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hit out at Spurs’ tactics following the two sides’ 1-1 draw at Anfield that derailed the Reds’ title hopes.
Klopp – who levelled a similar accusation at Atletico Madrid in 2020 – said he “doesn’t like” the style of football Antonio Conte’s men put forward on Saturday night and urged them to contribute more to the spectacle.

He also suggested that the two sides’ respective fixture load played a part in the result, and that – in his view – it highlighted why Liverpool’s push for an unprecedented quadruple this term has historically been so difficult to achieve.

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Klopp, who saw Luis Diaz cancel out Heung-min Son’s second-half opener, said: “I’m sorry I’m the wrong person for that [defensive football], I don’t like this kind of football. But that’s my personal problem.

“I think they [Spurs] are world-class, and I think they should do more for the game. I think the game against us they had 36, 38 per cent possession [35% was the reported figure].

“But it’s my problem. I cannot coach it. So that’s why I cannot do it. So yes, world-class players block all the balls, really difficult. Fine, whatever. fine, absolutely fine. I just can’t.

“I respect everything they do, but it’s not me.

Harry Kane and Son were completely rested, that is why it [the quadruple] is so hard.

“That is why it is so unlikely, there is a reason nobody has done it in this country.

“I would love to sit here and say [Manchester] City will drop points but I can’t see it. I wish I would think differently about it but I can’t see it. But we will see what happens.”

Conte ‘disappointed’ for Spurs missed chance against Liverpool but says ‘result was fair’

Spurs boss Conte revealed he had focussed on his team’s defensive rigour in the lead-up to the game, and hinted that to set up a more expansive team would take time.

He said: “I asked my players to be good defensively and we didn’t concede any chances to Liverpool and conceded a goal with a deflection.

“At the same time I asked our players to play with the ball and we couldn’t, Liverpool pressed as they do in every game. But I think the draw was fair.

“Jurgen has done a fantastic job, in seven years they have won a lot and he has created a monster in a good way. He has to be satisfied. But to do that you need the time.

“In November [when Conte took over] not many people thought Tottenham would be competing for a place in the Champions League.”

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'I don't like this kind of football' – Klopp slates Spurs' tactics

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hit out at Spurs’ tactics following the two sides’ 1-1 draw at Anfield that derailed the Reds’ title hopes.
Klopp – who levelled a similar accusation at Atletico Madrid in 2020 – said he “doesn’t like” the style of football Antonio Conte’s men put forward on Saturday night and urged them to contribute more to the spectacle.

He also suggested that the two sides’ respective fixture load played a part in the result, and that – in his view – it highlighted why Liverpool’s push for an unprecedented quadruple this term has historically been so difficult to achieve.

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Klopp, who saw Luis Diaz cancel out Heung-min Son’s second-half opener, said: “I’m sorry I’m the wrong person for that [defensive football], I don’t like this kind of football. But that’s my personal problem.

“I think they [Spurs] are world-class, and I think they should do more for the game. I think the game against us they had 36, 38 per cent possession [35% was the reported figure].

“But it’s my problem. I cannot coach it. So that’s why I cannot do it. So yes, world-class players block all the balls, really difficult. Fine, whatever. fine, absolutely fine. I just can’t.

“I respect everything they do, but it’s not me.

Harry Kane and Son were completely rested, that is why it [the quadruple] is so hard.

“That is why it is so unlikely, there is a reason nobody has done it in this country.

“I would love to sit here and say [Manchester] City will drop points but I can’t see it. I wish I would think differently about it but I can’t see it. But we will see what happens.”

Conte ‘disappointed’ for Spurs missed chance against Liverpool but says ‘result was fair’

Spurs boss Conte revealed he had focussed on his team’s defensive rigour in the lead-up to the game, and hinted that to set up a more expansive team would take time.

He said: “I asked my players to be good defensively and we didn’t concede any chances to Liverpool and conceded a goal with a deflection.

“At the same time I asked our players to play with the ball and we couldn’t, Liverpool pressed as they do in every game. But I think the draw was fair.

“Jurgen has done a fantastic job, in seven years they have won a lot and he has created a monster in a good way. He has to be satisfied. But to do that you need the time.

“In November [when Conte took over] not many people thought Tottenham would be competing for a place in the Champions League.”

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'I don't like this kind of football' – Klopp slates Spurs' tactics

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp hit out at Spurs’ tactics following the two sides’ 1-1 draw at Anfield that derailed the Reds’ title hopes.
Klopp – who levelled a similar accusation at Atletico Madrid in 2020 – said he “doesn’t like” the style of football Antonio Conte’s men put forward on Saturday night and urged them to contribute more to the spectacle.

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Klopp, who saw Luis Diaz cancel out Heung-min Son’s second-half opener, said: “I’m sorry I’m the wrong person for that [defensive football], I don’t like this kind of football. But that’s my personal problem.

“I think they [Spurs] are world-class, and I think they should do more for the game. I think the game against us they had 36, 38 per cent possession [35% was the reported figure].

“But it’s my problem. I cannot coach it. So that’s why I cannot do it. So yes, world-class players block all the balls, really difficult. Fine, whatever. fine, absolutely fine. I just can’t.

“I respect everything they do, but it’s not me.

Harry Kane and Son were completely rested, that is why it [the quadruple] is so hard.

“That is why it is so unlikely, there is a reason nobody has done it in this country.

“I would love to sit here and say [Manchester] City will drop points but I can’t see it. I wish I would think differently about it but I can’t see it. But we will see what happens.”

Conte ‘disappointed’ for Spurs missed chance against Liverpool but says ‘result was fair’

Spurs boss Conte revealed he had focussed on his team’s defensive rigour in the lead-up to the game, and hinted that to set up a more expansive team would take time.

He said: “I asked my players to be good defensively and we didn’t concede any chances to Liverpool and conceded a goal with a deflection.

“At the same time I asked our players to play with the ball and we couldn’t, Liverpool pressed as they do in every game. But I think the draw was fair.

“Jurgen has done a fantastic job, in seven years they have won a lot and he has created a monster in a good way. He has to be satisfied. But to do that you need the time.

“In November [when Conte took over] not many people thought Tottenham would be competing for a place in the Champions League.”

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Liverpool held by Tottenham as Spurs dent Reds' Premier League title hopes

Liverpool’s title hopes were dented after Jurgen Klopp’s side were held to a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.

The Reds knew a win would send them two points clear at the top of the Premier League table above Manchester City. Although a draw moves the Merseyside club into first, City – who have a game in hand – can go three clear with a win over Newcastle on Sunday.

For Tottenham, the result means Antonio Conte’s side stay in fifth and a point behind Arsenal having played a game more than their north London rivals.

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In an open first half where Liverpool dominated possession, the hosts came closest to scoring through Virgil van Dijk. In the 38th minute, he rose above Cristian Romero and Eric Dier to power a header towards goal only for it to crash off the bar.

But two minutes before half-time, Tottenham had a great chance of their own. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg unleashed a fierce drive on goal from 25 yards out which had the better of Alisson but came off the post.

Tottenham drastically improved in attack in the second half and they took the lead through Son Heung-min in the 56th minute.

Kane played in Ryan Sessegnon in plenty of space down the left flank before squaring for the South Korea international to apply a simple close-range finish for his 20th goal of the season.

Liverpool responded positively and it was Luis Diaz who got the equaliser. His shot from outside the box took a huge deflection off Rodrigo Bentancur and deceived Hugo Lloris as it flew into the bottom corner.

Mohamed Salah came close to getting a winning goal in the 89th minute with a curling shot from outside the box, but a deflection off substitute Davinson Sanchez took it off course.

And in the final moments of the match, Harry Winks crossed for Hojbjerg who had a free header from point-blank range at the far post, but he elected to square it to Kane and it was intercepted.

TALKING POINT – Have Liverpool handed Man City the title?

Liverpool have just three Premier League games left against Aston Villa (H), Southampton (A) and Wolves (H) knowing they will likely have to win them all if they are to win the title.

If there is one weakness in Liverpool’s team it is the space left when Trent Alexander-Arnold pushes up in attack. So perhaps it was no great surprise Tottenham’s goal arrived through a Sessegnon assist after he was left in far too much space down Liverpool’s right flank. Liverpool’s next three opponents will likely look to exploit the same weakness again.

Any dropped points from now on will likely spell the end of their title charge. City’s remaining four games are Newcastle (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (A) and Aston Villa (H).

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MAN OF THE MATCH – Ben Davies

Davies put in an excellent defensive display to contain the threat of Mohamed Salah cutting in from the right flank.

The Wales international’s timely sliding block to deny the Egyptian’s goalbound effort in the 72nd minute was a pivotal moment in the match.

PLAYER RATINGS

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (5), Konate (6), Van Dijk (6), Robertson (5), Fabinho (6), Henderson (5), Alcantara (7), Diaz (7), Mane (6), Salah (6)

Subs: Tsimikas (5), Jota (6), Keita (N/A)

Tottenham: Lloris (6), Romero (5), Dier (6), Davies (8), Emerson (6), Bentancur (6), Hojbjerg (7), Sessegnon (6), Kulusevski (6), Son (6), Kane (6)

Subs: Sanchez (N/A), Winks (N/A), Bergwijn (N/A)

KEY MOMENTS

38′ – OFF THE BAR! Alexander-Arnold’s corner is met by Van Dijk, who towers above Romero and Dier with a powerful header and it cracks off the woodwork! That is Liverpool’s best chance of the game so far.

43′ – OFF THE POST! Tottenham’s best chance of the game so far! Hojbjerg gets plenty of space and drills a shot towards the bottom corner of Liverpool’s goal from outside the box. It beats Alisson but it smashes off the post!

56′ – GOAL! TOTTENHAM LEAD THROUGH SON!! This could be a pivotal moment in the title race and Tottenham’s pursuit of a top-four spot! Kane brings the ball down outside the box and lays it off to Sessegnon, who is in plenty of space, and he can simply square it across for Son to tap it in!

74′ – GOAL! LIVERPOOL EQUALISE THROUGH DIAZ! What an important goal for Liverpool and it’s Diaz who gets it! Diaz drops a shoulder and smashes a low shot on goal from outside the box. It takes a huge deflection off Bentancur and flies into the bottom corner! Liverpool are level!

90+4′ – BIG CHANCE SQUANDERED BY SPURS! Winks’ cross to the far post finds Hojbjerg free at the far post, but instead of attacking it he tries to square it for Kane and Liverpool can clear!

KEY STATS

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Liverpool’s title hopes were dented after Jurgen Klopp’s side were held to a 1-1 draw against Tottenham.

The Reds knew a win would send them two points clear at the top of the Premier League table above Manchester City. Although a draw moves the Merseyside club into first, City – who have a game in hand – can go three clear with a win over Newcastle on Sunday.

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In an open first half where Liverpool dominated possession, the hosts came closest to scoring through Virgil van Dijk. In the 38th minute, he rose above Cristian Romero and Eric Dier to power a header towards goal only for it to crash off the bar.

But two minutes before half-time, Tottenham had a great chance of their own. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg unleashed a fierce drive on goal from 25 yards out which had the better of Alisson but came off the post.

Tottenham drastically improved in attack in the second half and they took the lead through Son Heung-min in the 56th minute.

Kane played in Ryan Sessegnon in plenty of space down the left flank before squaring for the South Korea international to apply a simple close-range finish for his 20th goal of the season.

Liverpool responded positively and it was Luis Diaz who got the equaliser. His shot from outside the box took a huge deflection off Rodrigo Bentancur and deceived Hugo Lloris as it flew into the bottom corner.

Mohamed Salah came close to getting a winning goal in the 89th minute with a curling shot from outside the box, but a deflection off substitute Davinson Sanchez took it off course.

And in the final moments of the match, Harry Winks crossed for Hojbjerg who had a free header from point-blank range at the far post, but he elected to square it to Kane and it was intercepted.

TALKING POINT – Have Liverpool handed Man City the title?

Liverpool have just three Premier League games left against Aston Villa (H), Southampton (A) and Wolves (H) knowing they will likely have to win them all if they are to win the title.

If there is one weakness in Liverpool’s team it is the space left when Trent Alexander-Arnold pushes up in attack. So perhaps it was no great surprise Tottenham’s goal arrived through a Sessegnon assist after he was left in far too much space down Liverpool’s right flank. Liverpool’s next three opponents will likely look to exploit the same weakness again.

Any dropped points from now on will likely spell the end of their title charge. City’s remaining four games are Newcastle (H), Wolves (A), West Ham (A) and Aston Villa (H).

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MAN OF THE MATCH – Ben Davies

Davies put in an excellent defensive display to contain the threat of Mohamed Salah cutting in from the right flank.

The Wales international’s timely sliding block to deny the Egyptian’s goalbound effort in the 72nd minute was a pivotal moment in the match.

PLAYER RATINGS

Liverpool: Alisson (6), Alexander-Arnold (5), Konate (6), Van Dijk (6), Robertson (5), Fabinho (6), Henderson (5), Alcantara (7), Diaz (7), Mane (6), Salah (6)

Subs: Tsimikas (5), Jota (6), Keita (N/A)

Tottenham: Lloris (6), Romero (5), Dier (6), Davies (8), Emerson (6), Bentancur (6), Hojbjerg (7), Sessegnon (6), Kulusevski (6), Son (6), Kane (6)

Subs: Sanchez (N/A), Winks (N/A), Bergwijn (N/A)

KEY MOMENTS

38′ – OFF THE BAR! Alexander-Arnold’s corner is met by Van Dijk, who towers above Romero and Dier with a powerful header and it cracks off the woodwork! That is Liverpool’s best chance of the game so far.

43′ – OFF THE POST! Tottenham’s best chance of the game so far! Hojbjerg gets plenty of space and drills a shot towards the bottom corner of Liverpool’s goal from outside the box. It beats Alisson but it smashes off the post!

56′ – GOAL! TOTTENHAM LEAD THROUGH SON!! This could be a pivotal moment in the title race and Tottenham’s pursuit of a top-four spot! Kane brings the ball down outside the box and lays it off to Sessegnon, who is in plenty of space, and he can simply square it across for Son to tap it in!

74′ – GOAL! LIVERPOOL EQUALISE THROUGH DIAZ! What an important goal for Liverpool and it’s Diaz who gets it! Diaz drops a shoulder and smashes a low shot on goal from outside the box. It takes a huge deflection off Bentancur and flies into the bottom corner! Liverpool are level!

90+4′ – BIG CHANCE SQUANDERED BY SPURS! Winks’ cross to the far post finds Hojbjerg free at the far post, but instead of attacking it he tries to square it for Kane and Liverpool can clear!

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Antonio Conte says Tottenham will need to invest smartly and heavily in the transfer market if they want to close the gap between themselves and Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield in 2015 and was asked whether his Tottenham team are in a similar position now compared to Liverpool seven years ago.

He said: “I don’t know but if I was sure this type of situation can happen, I sign, you understand?

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“But also, the time for Liverpool was easier than now because when Liverpool started this work with Jurgen, they were a top team but not in a way they are now – so consolidated with an important manager, always the same team, big investment, big money spent on the transfer market.

“They had also the right space to improve and reach this.

“Now, in my opinion, I am talking about this league, it is more difficult because the space is not so big.

“To reduce this gap, you need to spend a lot of money because you need to buy important players. You have to know this otherwise you cannot reduce this gap and hope always for a miracle.”

Spurs have come close to winning the Premier League and Champions League during Mauricio Pochettino’s tenure at the club.

The north Londoners were Leicester’s main rivals in their stunning title triumph, before ultimately finishing third. Meanwhile, they finished in second and seven points behind Conte’s Chelsea side in the 2016/17 campaign and reached the 2019 Champions League final, losing to Liverpool.

The Italian believes the Reds are the ideal model to follow in order to ensure long-term success.

“First of all, I think it depends on the desire of the club. I think Liverpool put Jurgen in charge seven years ago, they wanted to build something important and to bring Liverpool again to fight for (the) Champions League, to win titles and to continue the important story of Liverpool,” he added.

“I think maybe he signed a contract for three years and then extended. For sure, if you want to create something important you need time, you need patience – especially if you start to work with a team that start behind the top positions. It is not easy.

“You need time. I think in these seven months, we did a really good job with the club and the opportunity we had also in January to sign two good players for us, to help us, to improve the quality of the team.

“I think we did a good job but, for sure, you need time. Liverpool is a clear example. I don’t want to tell something wrong but maybe they struggle, no? They struggle at the start of Klopp’s path with Liverpool, also to qualify for the Champions League.

“Maybe they needed four years before they started to win.

“It is not simple because you have a master in front of you, you need time, you need a big investment because you have to spend a lot of money if you want to be competitive and try to reduce this gap, otherwise you have to accept to stay in the middle and finish.”

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