Liverpool were robbed by inconsistent match officials 

That’s probably the major only conclusion you could get from the game, really. Many might argue that Spurs deserved at least a point for coming back from an uncomfortable first half where Liverpool couldn’t let Tottenham breath. The press was unrelenting and Tottenham were made to look so ordinary. Spurs first shot on target was on the 40th minute mark. Liverpool scored after just two minutes. Sure, chances were few and far in between for both sides but Liverpool absolutely bossed the first half. It was just a matter of scoring the next one to extinguish any sort of fight Spurs might put up.

First, a contentious penalty was given. Harry Kane – on the fringes of the game – following up on a deflected Alli pass went round Karius and fell theatrically onto the turf. Jon Moss pointed to the spot. Penalty. It wasn’t, not by any stretch. Kane was offside, by a yard or two when the ball was played into his path and then was barely touched by a goalkeeper within his rights to stop the ball from ending up in his net. His miss was something of a poetic justice.

Salah scored his now customary goal after a screamer from Victor Wanyama that set the Anfield crowd in great unease. It seemed a just reward for a second half display. And then another ridiculous penalty was given. A decision Jon Moss made after his assistant overruled his won judgement.

Kane scored and the boos rang out. That both penalties were given despite lengthy discuss between both match officials show what incompetence from Match officials can result in. I’m no fan of both teams but competence should be the barest minimum you expect from match officials.

A draw is probably the right result given Spurs determined second half display but the route will leave Liverpool sick to their stomach.

Liverpool have the tools to be successful, they have no excuse

When you watch Liverpool play, you wonder if there is no limit to what they can achieve but they are a ‘nearly’ team. Not reaching the promised land despite coming so close and perceiving the aroma of great things. Under Kloop, Liverpool have made very significant progress. Their most important signing the past couple of years has been the German and he has banded a team of ravenous wolves.

Their problems are well documented. The defense has been a worry. Outscoring the opposition is a good plan, it makes for a fine spectacle but with shaky goalkeepers and a suspect defense, the structure of the team is massively flawed. Virgil Van Dirk will not fix everything, it’s myopic to suggest he’s the solution to several questions.

Getting a reliable goalie, an extra center-back, a creative midfielder to replace the dearly departed Coutinho is key to Liverpool staying at the top of Europe’s ladder. Fail to make significant progress in winning trophies, players will depart for bigger clubs and the status quo will remain the same.

..So do Tottenham

Tottenham have won just two trophies in 28 years. Yet, somehow, they keep getting let off the hook by the media, pundits and journalist. Okay, perhaps, they aren’t expected to win stuff over and above the bigger clubs but it is still a very poor record on their path. They had a good couple of seasons with Harry Redknapp, played some good stuff but ended up empty handed. Modric and Bale flew the coup to Madrid and the club lingered in mediocrity until Mauricio Pochettino came on board.

Tottenham have arguably the least expensive best team in Europe. They however should be winning things with the talent in the squad. There’s really no excuse. They have blew their best chance in 2016 when Leicester City won the league but history may not remember this team if they win nothing. They have the most balance team they ever had in recent history.

Harry Kane, Eriksen, Alli and Son are in their third season together, so there’s some rapport built within the team. How long will they hold on to those players if they keep on finishing seasons with nothing to show for it.

They were incredible lucky in this game to come away with a point but luck is scant phenomena and won’t help in the long run with clubs around them strengthening. It’s fight for relevance and they’re losing the battle.

Michael Okoye
Blogger/Football Analyst at Sportskick
Michael Okoye is an ardent football fan as well as a writer. He lives somewhere in West Africa with Lions and Leopards for company. He takes interest in football and detests mediocrity in sports writing. He has a massive man crush on Juan Mata. A Chelsea fan and a great lover of wits and sarcasm.
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