It was a match that included 30 attempts at goal, a penalty, twelve corners, a monolithic 40 tackles, seven bookings and of course, a very late, very special winner.
In case you somehow missed the action – in which case you are definitely not a man and need to go and down two litres of brown sauce as quickly as possible – we’ve listed the three biggest talking points, so nobody else has to find out what a big girls’ blouse you are!
Harry Kane scores so often nowadays that it feels almost macabre to describe it as a major talking point. Nevertheless, Tottenham’ visit to Anfield was billed as the Harry-Kane-Daniel-Sturridge-Shootout by many, and it was the 21 year-old that undoubtedly came out on top.
He scored Spurs’ opener after 26 minutes to bring the scores level, bringing his total for the campaign to 23 amid a run of eleven goals in his last ten Premier League outings.
Once again however, it wasn’t simply a matter of getting on the scoresheet for Kane. He grabbed the assist for Moussa Dembele’s goal (albeit, with a rather pungent sniff of offside) and was one of Spurs’ busiest players of the evening, as the stats suggest:
Daniel Sturridge also impressed for Liverpool in his first start since August, coincidentally against Tottenham at White Hart Lane:
But still lacking that cutting edge, the England international may find his place taken from him by his Tottenham counterpart when Roy Hodgson selects his squad to face Lithuania and Italy next month.
Steven Gerrard converted the above 53rd minute penalty to swing the tide of this evening’s Anfield affair, but unfortunately for the Liverpool skipper that was his only significant contribution of the match.
In an intense fixture involving two in-form sides that enjoy high-pressing, end-to-end football, the England centurion stood out like a sore thumb, unable to cope with the pace the rest of the 21 men on the pitch were setting – as his stats strongly suggest:
The 34 year-old was substituted on the 67 minute mark, and Emre Can made a far greater impact as his eventual replacement via a quick switcheroo with Dejan Lovren.
Some feel Gerrard is leaving the Premier League too soon, with his move to the MLS at the end of the campaign now public knowledge. But today he looked outdated and overrun, and ready to make the transition towards a less intense level of football. Liverpool fans on Twitter appeared to agree:
Steven Gerrard completed just 71% of his passes tonight vs. Spurs.
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 10, 2015
Ibe the standout player so far. Fearless. Meanwhile, CM has been so poor – in particular Gerrard – no protection at all.
— Jay (@Jay82_LFC) February 10, 2015
There is no way you’re playing Gerrard deep and keeping a clean sheet. Ever. Defenders are irrelevant when you can pass through that easy.
— Daniel Shepherd (@liverpooldeep) February 10, 2015
I thought gerrard was quite poor tonight. Was killing players with his passes. Apart from that I cannot fault the effort. #LFC
— Maebh Cotter (@maebhcotter) February 10, 2015
I bet you didn’t see that coming did you? Before today Mario Balotelli had scored just twice in 18 appearances for Liverpool and, rather incredibly, gone over eleven hours without scoring in the Premier League.
That is, until today of course, with the Italian striker coming on after 75 minutes to net the winner, viewable below:
Some smart movement and an expert finish from the £16million signing – especially considering all the criticism that’s surrounded him recently. He didn’t seem too fussed about it at full-time however, in classic Balotelli style, and disappeared straight down the tunnel – much to the amusement of Liverpudlian Twitterites:
Lol, Balotelli just takes off his gloves at FT, no emotion, no shaking hands of opponents or celebrating with teammates. Down the tunnel..
— Mick Loizou (@MickmarJr) February 10, 2015
Balotelli heading for the tunnel as soon as the whistle blew. Loooool what a joker
— عمر (@umarrdaniyall) February 10, 2015
Balotelli straight down the tunnel. Doesn’t look arsed at all. Brilliant stuff.
— MatthewLaidlow (@MatthewLaidlow) February 10, 2015