Liverpool’s title hopes fade after Spurs draw

Liverpool suffered a huge blow in their hopes of winning the Premier League title as they drew 1-1 at home to Tottenham Hotspur on a tense night at Anfield on Saturday.

Luis Diaz cancelled out Son Heung-min’s opener to preserve Liverpool’s long unbeaten run at home in the Premier League and send them top of the table on goal difference.

It was the second time in 15 league matches that Liverpool have not taken all three points — the other occasion being a draw against City last month — and the consequences could be severe for Juergen Klopp’s men.

It could have been worse for Liverpool had Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg converted a glorious chance deep in stoppage time instead of trying to head the ball across to Harry Kane.

In the end a draw was a disappointing outcome for both clubs in their respective ambitions, Liverpool’s to reclaim the title and Tottenham’s to finish in the top four.

Liverpool dominated possession but Tottenham dug deep defensively and rode their luck at times.

Virgil van Dijk came closest to scoring before the interval when he headed a corner against the crossbar while Diaz forced Lloris into a fine low save.

Tottenham, who have emerged unbeaten from their games against Liverpool and City this season, were always a menace on the counter-attack and they took the lead in clinical style.

Kane did superbly to control a high ball and then played in Sessegnon on the right channel and his cross was tapped in by Son for his 20th goal of the season.

Tottenham looked capable of holding on and moving into fourth spot until Diaz cut in from the left in the 74th minute and his shot took a wicked deflection to beat Hugo Lloris.

Liverpool laid siege to Tottenham’s goal after that but the late goal they so often find refused to arrive. –Reuters

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