Spurs surge in the second half, but come back is not enough
Tottenham was a far better side in the second half and started as they would again complete a two-goal comeback. Less than five minutes into the half, Perisic was again as close as you get.
The play came from a Dier diagonal ball, a staple of Spurs gameplan on the afternoon. Dier was playing the ball to Perisic directly, but it was overhit. Ryan Sessegnon did not quit on the play and managed to get to the end line before the ball, heading it back into the penalty area, where Perisic’s effort went over, clipping the crossbar on the way.
Although it was not the goal Spurs were looking for, it was a true sign of intent.
Tottenham kept the pressure up but could not find the right ball into the box, or if they did, they could not connect. Royal and Bentancur both overhit crosses, while Kane tried too hard and cost Sessegnon a chance. However, the game shifted with the return of Dejan Kulusevski with just over 20 minutes to play.
The return of Kulusevski gives Tottenham a bounce
Immediately upon introduction, you could see the lift in the team, as Spurs had more pep in their step. Quickly moving the ball forward, Dier played the ball ahead to Matt Doherty, who came on at the same time as Kulusevski. Doherty played the ball into Deki, who pushed it forward to the flashing Harry Kane.
Kane made no mistake with his chance as he buried the ball at the far post.
Twenty minutes were left, and Tottenham had it all to play for. Unfortunately, as the Lilywhites pressed, pressured, and dominated possession, a winner could not be found.
Deki played a back post ball, but no one made a run. Perisic chipped in, and Kane flicked it back post, only for Rodrigo Bentancur to end up in the net, not the ball. Tottenham pressured, and it looked like Liverpool would break. Only the Reds never did concede a second goal.
It was a strong comeback, but not enough against a previously struggling Liverpool side, leaving Spurs in fourth and again asking questions about the first 45-minutes.