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Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 Liverpool: Player ratings

Monday 23rd October 2017
Following a commendable draw at the Santiago Bernabeu, Tottenham Hotspur produced the second impressive display in space of five days with a comfortable 4-1 victory over an unorganised Liverpool side. 

Who were the standout performers for Spurs? Who can the Reds blame for the humiliating defeat? Our player ratings reveal all.


Hugo Lloris – 8

Lloris was hesitant as Mohamed Salah ran through one on one, which saw him beaten from close range. The French goalkeeper later made up for his error with an outstanding save to deny Philippe Coutinho, reaching the Brazilian's effort with a strong hand to palm it onto the woodwork.

Kieron Trippier – 7

His clipped ball over Dejan Lovren found Harry Kane, who coolly slotted home to put Spurs a goal up inside four minutes. Overall, a solid performance from Trippier.

Toby Alderweireld – 7

As usual, Alderweireld was assured and authoritative among Mauricio Pochettino's back three. In complete contrast to his opposing centre-back, Lovren.

Davinson Sanchez – 7.5

The Colombian showed great composure on the big stage. His performance deserved a clean sheet. Eyebrows were raised at Sanchez's large price tag in summer, but he's proving a bargain for Tottenham.

Jan Vertonghen – 7

Brave and combative throughout. It was Verthonghen's back post shot that eventually found Kane to score Spurs' fourth.

Serge Aurier – 7.5

His best performance in a Tottenham shirt. Aurier bombed up and down the left-hand side and largely dealt with the threat of Salah.

Harry Winks - 7

He followed up a promising performance in midweek against Real Madrid with a controlled, mature one in this game. Winks kept Spurs ticking while also remaining disciplined to protect the defence.

Christian Eriksen – 7

He created plenty of chances for his striker, Kane. Eriksen's set pieces caused problems on almost every occasion too, particularly for the Reds keeper, Simon Mignolet.

Dele Alli – 8

Alli had a quiet first half but still found a way onto the scoresheet when his shinned volley bounced into the bottom corner. That goal seconds before half time turned out to be crucial. Another accomplished display from the England star.

Son Heung-min - 8

Son raced past James Milner to reach Kane's pass before firing the ball into the bottom corner, doubling his side's lead. He could've had a hat-trick before the 30-minute mark, first hitting the bar then later shooting straight at Mignolet from close range.

Harry Kane – 9.5

The England striker took full advantage of sloppy defending, rounding the keeper before slotting into an empty net. He scored his second with a poacher's effort from close range. Kane was the main difference between the two teams. Spurs supporters may worry, however, as their goal scoring ace was substituted near the end, holding his hamstring.


Moussa Sissoko – 6

He was asked to do a more defensive job as Son's replacement. It allowed Spurs to maintain their healthy lead.

Eric Dier – 6

Dier was brought on to sure up Tottenham's midfield. His strength and power did just that in the closing stages.

Fernando Llorente – N/A

Llorente saw very little of the ball during his brief cameo.


Simon Mignolet – 5

Mignolet was at fault for the opener, proving far too easy for Kane to round. He then failed to keep out Tottenham's next two goals, which were arguably within his reach. The Belgian's lacklustre punch also allowed Verthonghen to have a shot at goal, resulting in Spurs' fourth.

Joe Gomez – 5.5

He caused a few problems for the opposition's attacking players, holding his own more often than not. Gomez wasn't accountable for any of Tottenham's goals.

Joel Matip – 5.5

A part of Liverpool's defence which was all over the place. Matip had to do the work of two defenders in the first half, as Lovren struggled badly.

Dejan Lovren – 3

He had an absolute nightmare during the 30 minutes that he featured. The Croat was at fault for two goals. First, he tried to play offside for the opener, and next, he missed a header on the halfway line, which resulted in Son doubling the lead. Lovren was replaced shortly afterwards by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to prevent further embarrassment to Jurgen Klopp's side.

Alberto Moreno – 6

Trippier pegged the Spaniard back for the most part. Moreno was also troubled all afternoon by the opposition's biggest threats, especially Eriksen and Kane.

James Milner – 5

He looked out of place in a Liverpool side set up to attack with pace. Milner's efforts were laboured when trying to keep with Son, a move that ended with the South Korean international finding the net.

Jordan Henderson – 6

His wonderfully weighted through ball found Salah to score Liverpool's only goal. Henderson never lacks effort, but his best was unable to help his team against a rampant Spurs.

Emre Can – 6

He was largely at fault for Tottenham's third goal, losing the ball in midfield before fouling Dele Alli - who scored from the resultant free kick. Can trudged back to the halfway line, face buried in his shirt.

Mohamed Salah – 6.5

Although he was fortunate to see his scuffed effort go in via the post, Salah remained a constant threat in behind. The Egyptian was the Reds' best player on an otherwise miserable day.

Roberto Firmino – 6

He didn't receive the service needed to have an impact in dangerous areas. Firmino's best piece of work came on own goal line, blocking Vertonghen's shot before watching the ball fired past him by Kane.

Philippe Coutinho – 5.5

Coutinho was quiet and had little effect on the game. Mainly due to his side lacking structure and a genuine threat in the final third.


Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – 6.5

He was Liverpool's brightest attacker after coming on in the first half. The winger put crosses into the penalty box, but his teammates failed to connect. Despite a decent performance, don't be surprised to see Chamberlain on the bench again in next Premier League game.

Daniel Sturridge – 5.5

Sturridge was neat and tidy. However, he failed to make a difference in the goal-scoring department.

Marko Grujic – N/A

Grujic wasn't given enough time to make an impression.
Billy Munday

I'm a young, aspiring sports journalist and also a Chelsea fan, living the dream in London. You can find more examples of my work on Chelsea blogs such as the Chelsea Chronicle.

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