Results for Liverpool vs Spurs

Pochettino and his analysis staff must learn from this

10:16 am


Teams turn in bad performances and folk say it was a bad day at the office, these things happen when the real reason a side has a bad day is overlooked.

Little credit is ever given to the opposition. It isn't simply players having an off day. Football these day is very coach/manager orientated. The manager instructs his team how he wants them to play and the players simply play a system, most of what happens comes from the training ground.

Performances like the one we saw from Spurs at the weekend are a failure of a team to deal with an oppositions tactics. Credit has to go to the opposition manager and his staff for studying where our weaknesses are and exploiting them ruthlessly.

Questions have to be asked of our own analysis staff and of Mauricio Pochettino. Did we come up with a game plan to beat their high press? Presumably we did, but couldn't execute it. Did we work out how they would attack our weaknesses and have plans in place to counter that? It would appear not because in the first half we simply didn't know what to do and could well have been five down if Liverpool had been clinical.

Just as players have to learn from disappointments, so managers and even analysis staff must learn from poor performances. We consistently struggle from a high press. The players seem to get mentally flustered and their problems surface. Dier as a centre-back again and a lack of cover on our left-hand side.

AS the players have to constantly try to improve, so must all staff, whatever role they are in.

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Pochettino and his analysis staff must learn from this Pochettino and his analysis staff must learn from this Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:16 am Rating: 5

Simple explanation for the defeat

6:28 pm



Plenty are looking for excuses for the performance against Liverpool, wondering what went wrong, who was to blame.

The answer is perfectly simple. We saw it against Liverpool at White Hart Lane, we saw it against Bayer Leverkusen. The simple explanation is we struggle to handle a high press.

The teams that came to White Hart Lane earlier in the season were using a high press and it consistently gets us into difficulties. The same tactics that work for us on other teams, work for other teams against us. That shouldn't be a surprise.

We saw once again the problems on the left when there is no cover in front of a full-back. Ben Davies was exposed just as Danny Rose used to get exposed when Gareth Bale didn't defend and Christian Eriksen when he first arrived didn't do his defensive duties.

Just as then the problem wasn't all Danny Rose, so yesterday it wasn't all Ben Davies. We have seen earlier against top teams, notably Chelsea at Stamford Bridge that Eric Dier has a lot to learn as a centre-back and once again he was exploited.

A very difficult day at the office but at least we remain second.

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Tight game could well be a draw

8:30 am

Liverpool v Spurs

Liverpool, founded on 3 June 1892, play Tottenham Hotspur, founded in 1882 as Hotspur FC in the late kick-off game today, due to being shown live on BT Sport 1 and on the radio with BBC Radio London.

In Australia they are showing the game on Optus Sport and in the USA on NBC USA, NBC Universo Now, SiriusXM FC, fuboTV, NBC Sports Live, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, NBC Universo.

Spurs have conceded just seven goals in the Premier League from open play in 24 matches, the lowest in the league as well as conceding the fewest goals. Our total of 50 points at this stage of the season is only bettered by our Double Winning 1960/61 season.

Today my calculations show there is a 76% chance of the game seeing 2 or more goals scored and a 56% chance of 3 or more. I rate our chances of scoring a goal at 56%. To me this looks like a 0-0 at half-time game and draw at full-time..

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Tight game could well be a draw Tight game could well be a draw Reviewed by THBlogNews on 8:30 am Rating: 5

Ian Rush gives his Liverpool Spurs views

6:00 am

Speaking to ESPN, Liverpool and Wales legend Ian Rush MBE, who is still the club's leading goalscorer, felt Liverpool wouldn't lose to Tottenham this weekend. He didn't go so far as to say they would win either though. In that respect he agrees with Shaka Hislop who also couldn't split the teams when asked.

"Massive game. Tottenham are always a very very good footballing side, but in fairness they don't have a great record at Anfield so I think it will play into Liverpool's hands. Tottenham are one of the few clubs that will come to Anfield and try to win.

"I think a lot of clubs come to Anfield and just park the bus and that's what Liverpool sometimes find hard to break down. Tottenham, because they have got such great players, will try and win the game and I think that will play into Liverpool's hands because Liverpool are very good at that.

"Against all the top clubs Liverpool have got a good record this year and come Saturday I'm certain there will be a game to get Liverpool back on track. I don't think they will lose but I think Liverpool now needs to start winning and it's a great game for Liverpool to get up and running again."

Liverpool may be out of form but they are still not losing at home much. In their last five home games, they have won two, drawn two and lost only one. It takes time to rebuild a club and Jurgen Klopp will sort Liverpool out in time I'm sure. He hasn't had long enough to get in some of the players he wants and perhaps more importantly, got rid of some of the players he doesn't want, like Daniel Sturridge perhaps.

It took Klopp three years before he won a trophy with Borussia Dortmund and the Premier League is far more competitive than the Bundesliga so finishing in the top four would be a major achievement, given they have missed out in seven of the last eight seasons.

We have sometimes had difficulty with teams who high press us, we did in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane so this may well be a tougher game than the form table suggests.

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Ian Rush gives his Liverpool Spurs views Ian Rush gives his Liverpool Spurs views Reviewed by THBlogNews on 6:00 am Rating: 5

Hislop sings the praises of Tottenham

8:56 am

Pochettino has transformed Tottenham

Craig Burley is currently an ESPN television pundit and commentator. He is a former Scottish international midfielder who played in the Premier League for Chelsea and Derby County and in the Scottish Premier League for Celtic. He won the FA Cup in 1996/97 and was runner-up in 1993/94, both for Chelsea, the Scottish League Championship and Scottish League Cup in 1997/98 with Celtic.

Speaking on an ESPN football analysis show, Burley felt that Tottenham with their defensive consistency were the only challengers to Chelsea, but they won't catch them. He felt Liverpool are too erratic, Arsenal are is disarray and Manchester City are either great or terrible.

Shaka Hislop CM is also a pundit on ESPN and a former goalkeeper for Newcastle United, finishing second in the Premier League for two successive seasons under Kevin Keegan, Reading, West Ham United, where he won an FA Cup Runner-up medal and Portsmouth, where he won the 1st Division in 2002/03.

Hislop predicted a draw an Anfield on Saturday with Liverpool doing well against top six teams, their problems coming against everyone else.

He also felt the transformation at Tottenham since Pochettino arrived in May 2014 has been astounding. He took over an expensive and underperforming squad and turned them into the youngest squad in the Premier League. Last season was the best finish since 1989/90 season and that has been achieved with an incredible net spend of just £1m compared to Manchester City at over £400m.

Spurs are in a better position long-term than Manchester City and Manchester United, plus will be moving into a new stadium so as a business Spurs are moving in the right direction. Sir Alex Ferguson when making speeches to business men and on the BBC suggests that to have a successful football club, you first have to have a successful business supporting it.

To listen to what he had to say on Pochettino and on Harry Kane watch the video below.

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Little creativity, little service for Janssen

10:42 pm

A great game to watch, a proper cup tie in which Liverpool had the greater creativity in the final third ultimately.

Vincent Janssen tucked away a penalty for us, but just like Roberto Soldado he is getting no service whatsoever. Everything played to him is with his back to goal.

There were at least two incidences where he made runs into the six-yard box, one with the ball on the left and one on the right. He attacked the six-yard box was in space and a low cross  might have picked him our, yet Davies blasted a high cross no centre-forward would have got anywhere near to the far touchline.

Then we were through on goal and Onomah I think had a shot the goalkeeper didn't spill but Janssen had a tap-in with the ball played across. He isn't fashioning chances for himself, but nobody is creating them for him either.

There was too much side-to-side passing when we could have attacked the box. Tom Carroll had acres of space in front of him 25 yards from goal in a line extending from the 18-yard box roughly. Instead of driving forward, he simply passed wide and N'Koudou was closed down with nowhere to go. That sums him up for me, he simply isn't good enough.

In those instances, you have to make defenders commit themselves and break up their defensive shield. We weren't going to do that with a ball simply passed out wide. It is an abdication of responsibility and demonstrates why we weren't good enough in the final third.

Lamela came on and tried to create, not everything came off, but that doesn't matter, you can't create unless you try and create without fear of failure. It's another mental thing we have to work on.

Little creativity, little service for Janssen Little creativity, little service for Janssen Reviewed by THBlogNews on 10:42 pm Rating: 5

Liverpool vs Spurs - The Teams

6:37 pm

Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Klavan, Moreno, Stewart, Wijnaldum, Grujic, Ejaria, Origi, Sturridge

Subs: Karius, Clyne, Lovren, Can, Lallana, Mane, Ings


Tottenham Hotspur
Vorm, Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Dier (c), Winks; Onomah, Carroll, Nkoudou; Janssen.

Subs: Lopez, Walkes, Vertonghen, Amos, Lamela, Wanyama, Harrison.

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Liverpool fans website gets it all wrong

6:30 pm
Liverpool fans website gets it all wrong

I'm afraid the fella who wrote this article hasn't much of a clue about the Tottenham youngsters. The chip on the shoulder sees an innocent comment turned into a criticism and then they try to suggest Pochettino's youth policy isn't backed-up by the facts, which of course are then distorted.

Pochettino criticises Liverpool

"Liverpool prefers to buy experience and quality, and bring a player who is 24, 23 or 26 that performs quickly, rather than give time to the younger players. 
"Tottenham is in a different project. We bring in players, but we try to give the opportunity to the younger players who have potential one day to be in the first team".
Pochettino joined Spurs on 27 May 2014 and has given chances to a host of players while developing other youth players. Harry Kane had only played a few games for instance, who wasn't a first-team regular. 

The website lists who Liverpool have introduced this season, whilst not grasping how you actually develop youngsters. The competition you play in is irrelevant. 

However, they list the League Cup for Liverpool players introduced and totally dismiss someone like Cameron Carter-Vickers who played in the last round against Gillingham. There is no mention of Tottenham having the youngest squad in the Premier League or players who have been introduced and sold. As Pochettino pointed out, an opportunity for younger players who have the 'potential' to be in the first team. 

Some are naturally not going to make it or, as in the case of Andros Townsend and Nabil Bentaleb, wanted to move on. It is rather silly to suggest a policy isn't backed up by the facts when your facts are somewhat distorted.

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A very tough test expected tonight

5:24 pm

Liverpool vs Tottenham
England – League Cup
Date: Tuesday, 25th October 2016,
Kick-Off: 19:45 UK
Venue: Anfield Stadium, Liverpool

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur usually means goals and with this being the League Cup and Tottenham playing a young side you would expect that trend to continue.

In the League Cup since 2002 we have met twice winning one round each. In 2004 Liverpool beat us in the quarter-final after the two legs both ended in 0-0 draws.

In 2008 we won 3-0 and lost 2-1 to go through 4-2 on aggregate in the fourth round.

With Liverpool not having qualified for Europe this season they can afford to play a strong side, while we will be looking to play the youngsters who played against Gillingham in the last round. It is a chance for a player like Harry Winks to show once again what he can do. Cameron Carter-Vickers and Kevin Wimmer can renew their partnership, but they will have a far more demanding game than the one-sided rout of the Kent-based side.

Georges-Kevin N'Koudou came on in that game as did young Marcus Edwards. Josh Onomah scored his debut goal and Vincent Janssen tucked away a penalty.

The Spurs XI who started were: Vorm; Trippier, Carter-Vickers, Wimmer, Davies; Carroll, Winks; Lamela, Onomah, Eriksen (C); Janssen.

Subs: Whiteman, Vertonghen, Walkes, Wanyama, N'koudou, Edwards, Son.

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