Liverpool v Tottenham: Live matchday blog
The points were shared at Anfield between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur after an entertaining contest.
Philippe Coutinho fired the Reds into a 51st minute lead with a fine goal at the Kop end; however, Harry Kane levelled for Spurs soon after.
THAT'S ALL, FOLKS
So, that's it from Anfield and that's it from our live matchday blog. We hope you've enjoyed following our coverage throughout the day. Stay tuned to Liverpoolfc.com for post-match reaction from James Milner and Simon Mignolet.
Meanwhile, we'll be back with our live blog on Wednesday (yes, Wednesday), bringing you updates from within the travelling Liverpool squad to Dortmund.
Join us then.
KLOPP ON THE LITTLE MAGICIAN
“Phil Coutinho is a genius player, but I don’t like it when players are picked out. Football is a team game and if you want to play alone, you can play a different sport – golf, tennis and things like this. On the day everybody plays at their best, imagine how good we could be. That’s what we should try. Today, it was a brilliant goal, a brilliant performance [from Coutinho], but also from a few other players too.”
So it’s back to Europa League next for Liverpool and a trip to the Westfalenstadion to face Borussia Dortmund.
They’ll go into the game on the back of a dramatic 3-2 home victory over Werder Bremen today, with Adrian Ramos bagging a late winner to ensure Thomas Tuchel's side remain five points behind Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich.
The boss hosted his post-match press conference in the Centenary Stand's press room after the game, and admitted it was a contest that could have gone either way.
"In summary, I saw a lot of good things today, really good signs for our future and things like this but on the other side we showed again a little bit of our problem. But it’s much more difficult to show what we showed in our good moments than to finish our problems. So we will finish them, we will find solutions for them 100 per cent. But it’s a hard way. Along the way you get a few knocks and today we got a knock. We have to accept it and carry on.”
Here is how that result has impacted Liverpool's standing in the Barclays Premier League table...
Take a look at the game's facts and stats with our Opta widgets below...
And that's it from Anfield. A hugely entertaining contest ends 1-1, thanks largely to Hugo Lloris' goalkeeping heroics for Tottenham.
Philippe Coutinho opened the scoring with a fine effort on 51 minutes, side-footing home after a one-two with Daniel Sturridge, but Harry Kane levelled soon after to ensure the points are shared at Anfield.
Last change for Liverpool and Ibe is on for Milner
Hearts in mouths as Dembele heads wide from Eriksen's corner.
Eriksen curls a free-kick over Mignolet's bar from 25 yards. Nervy moment for the home fans.
Another swap for Spurs and Alli is replaced by Mason.
A great chance for Coutinho as he collects the ball unmarked inside the box, but he slides wide of the near post.
The Reds' second change - Lallana off, Allen on.
Chances at both ends as Mignolet first beats Alli to a ball in the box before Lloris saves from Origi at his near post.
Liverpool's first chance - Sturridge comes off for Origi, who is given a huge slap of encouragement from Klopp as he waits to come on.
Coutinho is a whisker away from restoring Liverpool's lead as he drills right across goal from the left. So, so close.
Spurs make the game's first change as Chadli comes on for Son.
Mignolet needs to produce a fine low stop to deny Eriksen giving Spurs the lead with his blast from distance.
Emre Can collects a yellow card
Harry Kane levels for Spurs to make it 1-1 at Anfield.
He collects Eriksen's ball into the box, spins Lovren and drills across goal into the corner.
That goal was Coutinho's 10th of the season so far, by the way..
Big chance wasted for Spurs as Son skews a volley well wide of goal when unmarked inside the Reds' box.
Another chance for Liverpool as Coutinho's arrowed cross from deep on the left finds the head of Sturridge on the edge of the six-yard box, but he can only scoop it over the bar.
GOAL! Philippe Coutinho puts Liverpool in front!
The Brazilian plays a slick one-two with Sturridge on the edge of the Spurs box before side-footing right into the corner with a first-time shot to (finally) leave Lloris with no chance!
We're back underway at Anfield as Spurs re-start the contest. Liverpool are attacking the Kop in this half.
Very good game to watch...Lovren excellent so far #LFC— patrikberger73 (PB) 2nd Apr 17:21
Take a look at the story of the first half with our stats below...
So there we are, then. It somehow remains goalless at half-time at Anfield - largely in thanks to the performance of Lloris.
Alli has a go with a volley from fully 35 yards but it's an easy take for Mignolet.
Lloris to Spurs' rescue again. This time he somehow claws out Lallana's goal-bound half-volley as the ball looked to be looping over him and into the net. He's keeping them in this.
Now at the oher end, a magnificent last-ditch block from Lovren denies Kane from getting his shot in on goal from a promising position. Liverpool are furious because they think the ball went out of play further up the field.
And Lloris saves Spurs again! This time he thwarts Lallana's near spin-and-shot from the edge of the area. Liverpool are knocking on the door here.
A glorious chance for Liverpool to open the scoring goes begging as Coutinho sends Sturridge clean through on goal, but his attempt to steer the ball under Lloris is blocked by the 'keeper.
A good chance goes to waste for Spurs as Sakho has the ball taken from him just inside their half and our opponents break forward, but thankfully Kane scoops a shot wide of the far post.
Coutinho is shown a yellow card.
Lloris is forced into a save low down at his near post as Son diverts Moreno's powerful centre towards his own goal.
Bit of a let-off for Liverpool there as Lovren leaves a long ball forward to bounce through to Mignolet, but his attempted first-time clearance cannons against Kane and towards goal. Thankfully, it loops high into the Kop.
A fine Liverpool move works an opening for Milner inside the box, but his eventual drive is blocked by Wimmer before Coutinho's follow-up volley lacks the power to beat Lloris.
Mignolet is required to make the game's first save as he repells Eriksen's powerful 12-yard blast from Walker's pull-back.
Do your own in-game analysis by using our live Opta Chalkboard below.
First chance of the game falls Liverpool's way. Well, a half-chance at least as Henderson's deep free-kick from the right runs for Coutinho inside a crowded box, but his strike is charged down by Kane.
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Here we go, then. We're underway at Anfield as Liverpool kick us off. Come on you Reds!
IT'S ALMOST TIME...
The teams are back in their dressing rooms following the warm-ups and it's almost time for kick-off.
INSIDE THE DRESSING ROOM
Lloris, Walker, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Dier, Dembele, Eriksen, Son, Alli, Kane. Subs: Vorm, Trippier, Davies, Carroll, Mason, Onomah, Chadli.
LFC TEAM IN FULL
Mignolet, Clyne, Lovren, Sakho, Moreno, Can, Henderson, Milner, Lallana, Coutinho, Sturridge. Subs: Ward, Toure, Allen, Origi, Ibe, Skrtel, Smith.
THREE CHANGES FOR REDS
The team news is in and Liverpool make three changes to their starting line-up to the one deployed against Southampton last time out.
Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Alberto Moreno return, replacing Jon Flanagan, Joe Allen and Divock Origi.
There’s no Roberto Firmino or Christian Benteke, but Origi does make the bench.
THE REDS ARE HERE...
Liverpool have just arrived at Anfield - and if you don't believe us, check out our snap below. Team news is imminent.
BEHIND THE RED DOOR
It's quiet in here at the moment, but Liverpool are set to arrive at Anfield shortly - and we'll have news of today's teamsheet first around 4.30pm...
HEAD TO HEAD
Take a look at how the teams compare this season...
"While our recent record against them is pretty good, we all know that guarantees nothing. We are well aware that this game will be a big test as Spurs have proven to be one of the most difficult Premier League sides to defeat this season.”
Jordan Henderson in his programme notes
THE STAGE IS SET
This is the current scene inside a rainy Anfield with just over two hours until kick-off. Got a feeling there's going to be a decent atmosphere inside this place today...
One Liverpool team has already tasted victory over a London side today - the U18s were impressive in beating Fulham 5-1, with Toni Gomes scoring twice. Click here to read our report.
#LFC's @DanielSturridge stars on the front cover of today's official matchday programme. https://t.co/r2Hxva4U10— LFC (Liverpool FC) 2nd Apr 14:01
“We all know how tough this fixture is, but we are very much looking forward to it. It is games such as this that make you feel blessed to be involved in this great competition. Our players know they will have to be at their best today if we are to get the result we want.”
Jürgen Klopp in his programme notes
Here you go, fact fans...
- This will be the Reds' 50th game of the campaign. They will play at least 60 games in a season for the first time since 2005-06.
- The Reds have lost just once on the last 21 occasions they have hosted Spurs in the league, winning 14 and drawing six.
- Spurs have lost only one of their last 10 matches in the league, picking up 25 points from the last possible 30.
Get even more ahead of the game by clicking here.
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Apologies for being slightly tardy with today's all-important weather update.
It's around nine degrees at the moment, with light rain in the city this morning.
AN INTERESTING READ
If you're interested in the tactical nuances of the game, there are few interviewees more interesting than Liverpool's first-team development coach Pepijn Lijnders. Here he is on Spurs, the counter-press and more...
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"If we can keep getting wins, make it a really difficult place for people to come, get the fans behind us knowing that we're going to do everything to get that result, I think between us we can make it a formidable place."
James Milner on Anfield
Jürgen Klopp's first game in charge of the Reds was against Spurs, of course, back in October. An even contest at White Hart Lane ended in a goalless draw. Take a look at the stats from that match...
When is #LFC v @SpursOfficial kicking off where you are? https://t.co/agjPvbrLCA— LFC (Liverpool FC) 2nd Apr 07:35
Morning all - you must be ready for some Barclays Premier League football?
13 days on from Liverpool's last game, Jürgen Klopp's men are back in action this evening as they host Tottenham Hotspur in the teatime kick-off, with the final stretch of the season ahead.
Keep this page open throughout the day for build-up to the game, live updates, stats, social media comment and more during the 90 minutes, and reaction as it comes at Anfield.