Liverpool play entertaining draw with Tottenham as the two teams hold the title, top four hopes alive

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Luis Diaz’s rejected strike annulled Heung-min Son’s goal as Liverpool and Tottenham played a fascinating 1-1 draw at Anfield.

Liverpool sought to keep their Premier League title and quadruple hopes alive while Tottenham aimed to get ahead of rivals Arsenal in the race for Champions League qualification. The first half went as many had expected.

Liverpool spent most of the 45 minutes on Tottenham’s half, with Antonio Conte’s team trying to catch them on the counter-attack.

Surprisingly, it was Virgil van Dijk who was Liverpool’s biggest threat. The center-back headed a corner kick in the 22nd minute, but had better goals later. He rose over Cristian Romero to send an effort towards goal, but saw it hit the crossbar.

A few minutes later, liverpool pinched the ball from Dejan Kulusevski so Diaz could play a nice one-two with Sadio Mane. Diaz then tried to bend a shot into the far corner, only for Hugo Lloris to equal his effort.

Tottenham went straight up the other end and had a good chance of themselves. Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg felt a low drive towards Alisson’s goal far out, and the Brazilian goalkeeper was lucky to see it come back from the post.

Tottenham opened the scoring in the second half. Emerson sent a loop pass up to Harry Kane, who brought it down unchallenged.

Three touches later and the ball was at the back of the Liverpool net when Kane played into Ryan Sessegnon’s pitch and he put Heung-min Son to a simple finish.

Liverpool get level through Diaz

Jurgen Klopp turned in a dismal performance, however. Kostas Tsimikas and Diogo Jota came on for Andy Robertson and Jordan Henderson respectively.

And the Reds got their equalizer 10 minutes later. Thiago gave the ball to Diaz and the Colombian cut inside past two players before sending a shot on goal. It took a big deflection from Rodrigo Bentancur to the wrong foot Lloris and sent it down into the bottom corner.

Both teams were looking for a winner, but their respective defenses held on as the prey was split on Merseyside.

The result means Liverpool are level on points with title rivals Manchester City, although Pep Guardiola’s team has a match in hand and plays against Newcastle tomorrow.

Tottenham, meanwhile, remain in fifth place and one point behind Arsenal, who face Leeds on Sunday.

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