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Published: 19:31 | 2/4/16

Kane rescues point for Spurs at Anfield

Coutinho strike gave Liverpool the lead

Harry Kane cancelled out Philippe Coutinho's opener to ensure Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur drew 1-1 at Anfield.

In an entertaining encounter which could have gone either way, Coutinho put Jurgen Klopp's side ahead on 50 minutes when he drove home after playing a one-two with Daniel Sturridge.

However, Kane grabbed his 22nd Premier League goal of the season when he confidently struck home from 10 yards out.

The Merseysiders pressed late on for a winner which would boost their own faint chances of grabbing the fourth and final Champions League spot with Coutinho shaving the outside of the post with Hugo Lloris rooted to the spot.

Mauricio Pochettino's men finished the game in the ascendancy however, with the impressive Christian Eriksen going close from a free-kick while Toby Alderweireld should have done better with a free header six yards from goal.

The point closes the gap at the top on Leicester City to four points bu the Foxes could extend their lead over Spurs to seven points if they beat Southampton at the King Power Stadium on Sunday.

For Liverpool meanwhile the draw means there best hope of returning to the Champions League will be by winning the Europa League, with a quarter-final first leg against Klopp's former club Borussia Dortmund to play on Thursday.

The visitors had the first threatening moment through a venomous 15-yard strike from Eriksen which Mignolet did well to push away to safety.

Liverpool responded when Lallana fed Milner who controlled and shot but Kevin Wimmer got a crucial block in.

The game continued to flow from end-to-end with both teams pressing high and intent on attacking although clearcut chances were hard to come by.

Mamadou Sakho was looking very shaky and when he missed his header in midfield, Dejan Lovren tried to force Kane wide but the England forward got his shot away; however, it drifted just wide.

The best chance of the first period fell to Sturridge who was played in by a clever outside-of-the-foot flick from Coutinho, but instead of moving closer to goal the striker shot early but his effort was straight at Lloris who easily beat the ball away.

Moments later another weak pass by Sakho was intercepted and Kane raced clear but delayed his shot allowing Lovren to recover and block the goalbound ball.

The game deserved a goal and it finally had one five minutes after the break when Sturridge did superbly to set up Coutinho on the edge of the area and the little Brazilian guided home a lovely finish into the bottom corner of the net.

Roles were reversed minutes later when Coutinho set up Sturridge but his driven cross was a touch high and the latter could only head over the bar.

Spurs began to respond and Son went close when he met Eric Dier’s cross on the volley but the ball went a couple of yards past Mignolet’s far post.

It didn’t matter as on 62 minutes they were level, Eriksen doing well to keep the ball in before feeding Kane 10 yards out who controlled first time, spun the defender and drilled a fine strike into the far corner of the goal.

Spurs almost had the lead soon after when Eriksen fired a powerful daisy-cutter through the defender’s legs and Mignolet did brilliantly to just about palm it wide.

Coutinho continued to bamboozle Kyle Walker before, from the tightest of angles, driving a shot across the face of goal which somehow stayed out, clipping the far post.

As Spurs tried to hit back Eriksen clipped through a sweet ball but Dele Alli’s touch was heavy and Mignolet was able to gather.

Coutinho again came close six minutes from the end with his shot from the edge of the box going just wide before Eriksen went close with a free-kick.

The game finished with Spurs having a couple of corners as they tried for a winner but it finished honours even, on balance a fair reflection of the match.

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