EFL Cup: Liverpool v Tottenham [Review]
Tonight saw Tottenham travel to Anfield as they faced off against Liverpool in the 4th round of the EFL Cup. As expected both teams made use of the opportunity to rest players and to give 2nd string players the opportunity to start a game.
In the first half Tottenham saw plenty of the ball however they created very little, the Coys were winless in their past eight meetings with Liverpool and showed little desire to change that run. Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge was able to capitalize off of a loose ball in the box to score the game's first goal in the 9th minute. There wasn't too much else to say about the first half except that Tottenham definitely could have done better.
As the 2nd half got under way you got the feeling that Tottenham were never going to score and in the 64th minute Sturridge obtained a 1-on-1 with Tottenham's GK Michel Vorm after a perfectly-weighted through ball from Wijnaldum. He waited to see what Vorm would do and then calmly slotted it into the net to get his brace.
At this point you thought the game was over as substitutions were being made and Liverpool were all jokes and smiles on the pitch. However the game changed with the introduction of Tottenham's Érik Lamela who found himself inside the box and able to grab a penalty after multiple fouls from Liverpool's Lucas.
Summer signing Vincent Janssen stepped up to take the penalty and scored a goal that was needed not only for the match but also for his own Spurs career. After this Spurs were back in the game and before you knew it they had another call for a penalty but this time they were denied after Moreno brought down Lamela in the box. With the pressure on him, the referee decided not to give what was a blatant foul by a player who Liverpool should sell ASAP.
The game saw good attacks and energy from both teams in the last 20 minutes of the game and it was without doubt the peak of the entertainment. The game ended 2-1 in Liverpool's favour and Tottenham may feel a little hard done by not to get the 2nd penalty but at the same time they really should have played better in the first 60 minutes of the game. Might Liverpool be on the way to the EFL Cup final again?