It was closer game than Liverpool’s 5-0 thumping of Spurs in the corresponding fixture last season, but that will be little consolation to Tottenham fans. Here are the THREE Things We Learned From Liverpool’s Defeat Of Tottenham:
Liverpool’s defence against Man City was consistently stretched as they lost 3-1, and while the team kept a clean sheet against Spurs, their defence was not without fault. Lovren and Sakho seemed to struggle to communicate as the central pairing consistently challenged for the same ball, most notably when it resulted in Chadli going through on goal just before half-time. It was defence that was the problem for Liverpool last season and the early signs are little has changed at Anfield.
Neither Lovren nor Sakho have covered themselves in glory so far. Reds still look vulnerable defensively.
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) August 31, 2014
Sakho and Lovren need time to gel – they've got away with them so far.
— AnfieldIndex (@AnfieldIndex) August 31, 2014
Eric Dier’s challenge on Joe Allen was of no force to bring the midfielder down and yet the Liverpool player hit the deck as soon as he felt the Tottenham player’s touch on his arm. Yes it was contact, but football is a contact sport. The argument that it’s the forwards prerogative to go down after any sort of touch and win a foul sets a very dangerous precedent.
Very soft penalty there. Football has died #SavinsOnSoccer
— Joe Savins (@joesavins) August 31, 2014
Very "soft" penalty for Allen there. When does a "soft" penalty become a dive? If someone tugs my arm, my legs don't usually collapse.
— chalkontheboots (@chalkontheboots) August 31, 2014
Phil Dowd always seems to screw us over when he officiates our games. That wasn't a penalty. Too soft to give.
— Spurs In The Blood (@SpursInTheBlood) August 31, 2014
Moreno had a difficult time out against Manchester City but was much better both defensively and offensively against Spurs. If he keeps scoring goals like this there’s no way the defender is destined for anywhere but the stars.
— FootballFanCast.com (@FootballFanCast) August 31, 2014