Tottenham suffered just their second defeat of the Premier League season on Wednesday night, but there was plenty of encouragement from their performance in the 2-1 loss against Liverpool.
Jose Mourinho’s side surrendered their position at the summit of the table to reigning champions Liverpool, who leapfrogged them with their midweek win at Anfield.
Heung-Min Son’s composed finish cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s opener to leave the teams tied at half-time, but Liverpool forward Roberto Firmino fired in a header in the 90th minute to earn maximum points for them.
Spurs had to deal with a wave of Liverpool pressure for large spells of the match, but attackers Steven Bergwijn and Harry Kane were both guilty of spurning great goalscoring chances.
Former Spurs players Graham Roberts and Micky Hazard both gave responses on social media to Wednesday night’s result.
Roberts feels the North London club wasted opportunities to go ahead, while Hazard stated his side should be viewed as title contenders despite losing top spot.
Second half we should have been 3-1 bergwijn had 2 shots and Kane header then we give set pieces away corners and free kicks and we concede again we have to learn not to give them away
— Graham Roberts (@GrahamRoberts4) December 16, 2020
Unlucky boys, 4 best chances of the game, BERGWYN 2 and Harry 2. Got shape right at half time and should have gone in front. Make no mistake we are in this race for sure COYSSSS
— Micky Hazard (@1MickyHazard) December 16, 2020
Spurs may not be sat top of the pile anymore in the league, but there is no reason why they can’t be in the conversation for the title this season based off their latest display.
It was a huge contrast in styles between Liverpool’s eye-catching football and Spurs’ counter-attacking football in midweek, but ultimately there is no right way to play the game and Mourinho wasn’t far away from pulling off a masterclass.
His team certainly had the chance in the final third to go ahead and ultimately they were made to pay by Firmino.
Spurs should take confidence though from competing with the title favourites and it’s clear how much the team has improved in the past year.