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Published: 14:28 | 27/8/16

Rose earns Spurs draw with Liverpool

A late strike from Danny Rose earned Tottenham Hotspur a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at White Hart Lane.

Jurgen Klopp's side had led until then courtesy of a first half penalty from James Milner after Erik Lamela was adjudged to have tripped Roberto Firmino in the box.

The Merseysiders - who left Daniel Sturridge on the bench - were the better side in the opening period as Spurs struggled to get to grips with the interchanging of their opponent's front four.

Mauricio Pochettino's side gradually improved and after a tactical switch they began to handle Liverpool's counter-attacking in a more assured manner.

Much of Liverpool's good play came via the space Rose left on Spurs' left-hand side when he bombed forward but it was a result of one of his forays forward that the equaliser came, Lamela's header finding the England left-back in the area unmarked and Rose finished past Simon Mignolet.

It was just reward for Spurs' improved showing in the second period but Liverpool will rue not having been further ahead at that stage, having failed to make the most of their many counter-attacking situations.

Harry Kane - and Spurs in general - again looked a little lethargic but Pochettino will be delighted with his side's resolve to come back and grab a point against one of their top four rivals.

After the heavy criticism they received for their limp 2-0 defeat at Burnley last weekend, Klopp would have been looking for a big response from his players in the early Saturday kick-off and his players certainly appeared to have risen from their beds quicker than their Spurs counterparts, showing a sharpness and a zip to much of their first half play.

They should have been ahead on five minutes when Philippe Coutinho was presented with a gilt-edged chance eight yards out but rather than sweep the ball home he tried to outfox Michel Vorm and the Spurs keeper was able to save his near post effort with his out-stretched leg.

The visitors looked threatening every time they attacked, Spurs struggling to track all the runners from deep and Vorm was needed to come flying out of his goal to beat Sadio Mane with a throughball.

Pochettino reacted to how the game was developing when Kyle Walker was hobbled off with an injury, replacing him with the striker Vincent Janssen and re-jigging his formation.

However, despite Spurs improving after the switch, they were behind on 42 minutes when Firmino went down in the area after being clipped by Lamela and Milner fired home emphatically from the spot.

Liverpool thought they had doubled their lead 10 minutes after the break when Lallana was sent clear and his pull-back was swept home by Mane, however the linesman’s flag was raised against Lallana, a very tight call which may have been marginally incorrect.

Spurs began to press at the other end and Christian Eriksen fired over just after the hour mark.

Just a minute later Mignolet tipped over Lamela’s free-kick and the Belgian was called into action again from the resulting corner when he palmed wide Toby Alderweireld’s header.

The pressure told on 72 minutes when Rose made the most of time and space in the area to scuff his shot past Mignolet for the equaliser.

Try as both teams did, neither could create any real clear openings in the closing stages and both were forced to settle for a point, which on the balance of play was probably the fair outcome.

Source ISNTV

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