Kane laments 'story of our season' after another slow start costs Tottenham against Liverpool

Harry Kane bemoaned the "story of our season" after Tottenham suffered defeat to Liverpool following another slow start.

Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium having taken a two-goal lead in at half-time, the third Premier League game in a row in which Spurs have been trailing at the break, and the fourth in a row where they have been 2-0 down at some stage.

Mohamed Salah's first-half brace was enough for Jurgen Klopp's men despite Kane's goal in 70th minute, and the Spurs striker was not happy with his team giving themselves another mountain to climb.

"It's been the story of our season so far, for sure," Kane told Sky Sports after the game. "We haven't been playing well enough in first halves and got punished.

"It was a fairly tight game for the first 20 minutes, they obviously got their goal... then the mistake [from Eric Dier] for the second goal has really hurt us in a big game."

Spurs were booed off by their own fans at half-time, and Kane insisted it was up to the players to not allow themselves to be affected.

"There's moments where there's tension around the stadium when someone maybe gives the ball away," he said. "But to be a big team and big players you have to be able to handle that and not let it affect you for the rest of the game.

"Our home support has been incredible, you saw them in the second half there really pushing us on. Of course there's going to be times when people make mistakes and I think that's the time people need to be behind us, but you have to be able to handle that as a player."

Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool momentum graphic
Tottenham 1-2 Liverpool momentum graphic

Kane became the first Spurs player to score in six consecutive home appearances in the Premier League. Only Erling Haaland (13) has scored more goals in home games than Kane (six) in the competition this season.

The England captain was largely tasked with leading the attack on Sunday in the absence of injured pair Richarlison and Son Heung-min, though Dejan Kulusevski returned from his own lay-off to come on in the 68th minute, providing the assist for Kane just moments later.

"We've got players playing in different positions, we've been unfortunate with injuries in the attacking part of our team," Kane added. "But it was great to see Dejan back for 30 minutes, he's been a fantastic player for us.

"Whoever plays we still feel like we can create chances and we did that second half... big moments in big games are what makes the difference and we didn't do well enough on those today."