Tottenham hold Liverpool in pre-Christmas cracker

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After a weekend of COVID-19 related postponements Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool raised the spirits with a rip-roaring 2-2 draw in a pre-Christmas Premier League classic on Sunday.

A mistake by Liverpool keeper Alisson gifted Tottenham’s Son Heung-min a 74th-minute equaliser after the Juergen Klopp’s visitors had replied to Harry Kane’s early opener with goals by Diogo Jota and Andy Robertson.

Liverpool, who failed to win for the first time in nine games in all competitions, ended with 10 men after Robertson was shown a red card for a wild tackle late on.

Referee Paul Tierney, right, shows a red card to Liverpool’s Andrew Robertson during the English Premier League soccer match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Sunday, Dec. 19, 2021. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Tottenham had not played for a fortnight after having two league games postponed after a COVID outbreak, but produced a vibrant display and wasted numerous gilt-edged chances.

In the end a draw was a fair outcome from a game that lifted the gloom on a murky, cold afternoon in north London.

Liverpool head into Christmas three points behind Manchester City, who won earlier in the day, while Tottenham are in seventh spot with 26 points, but with games in hand over the teams immediately above them.

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