Tottenham player ratings vs Liverpool: Winks could still have Spurs future as Ndombele remains a conundrum

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Does Harry Winks still have a future at Tottenham after his impressive display against Liverpool?  (AFP via Getty Images)
Does Harry Winks still have a future at Tottenham after his impressive display against Liverpool? (AFP via Getty Images)

Tottenham returned to action for the first time in a fortnight with a pulsating 2-2 draw against 10-man Liverpool.

Harry Kane fired Spurs in front with only his second League goal of the season but the hosts were made to pay for squandering chances before half-time when Diogo Jota headed home an equaliser.

Spurs fluffed more golden opportunities before Andy Robertson nodded Liverpool in front from close range but Heung-min Son hit back quickly after a howler from Alisson.

Liverpool finished the game a man short after Robertson was dismissed for a reckless foul on Emerson Royal, which was upgraded from a yellow card following a monitor review.

Here’s how we rated the Tottenham players...

Hugo Lloris 7

Quick off his line and made a number of smart stops, including a save with his feet to keep out Trent Alexander-Arnold’s volley.

Davinson Sanchez 7

Some good moments and not-so-good moments. Made a superb last ditch-tackle to deny Sadio Mane at 1-0 but occasionally jittery.

Eric Dier 8

Twice played superb balls behind Liverpool’s defence in an impressive display as a deep playmaker. Defended well and looks much more comfortable in a three.

Ben Davies 8

Solid and composed defensively, helping to keep Mo Salah quiet. Might have done better from a great position in the Liverpool box in the final five minutes.

Emerson Royal 6

Fortunate to escape conceding a penalty for a shove on Jota and struggled with Mane in the first half, particularly after picking up a booking for a foul on the winger.

Harry Winks 8

A really encouraging display, suggesting he could still have a future at Spurs. Made the equaliser, having already created two fine chances for Son with passes in behind.

Combative at the base of midfield, winning a tackle in the build-up to Kane’s goal.

Tanguy Ndombele 6

His pass for Kane’s goal was perfect and showed what he can bring to the side but otherwise he was largely a passenger, offering little defensively and more than once overplaying in dangerous positions. Remains a conundrum.

Ryan Sessegnon 8

An encouraging performance on his first Premier League start since January 2020. Defended well and managed to force Alexander-Arnold onto the back foot on a few occasions, including with a cross for Kane at the end of the first half.

Dele Alli was handed a rare Tottenham start by Antonio Conte (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)
Dele Alli was handed a rare Tottenham start by Antonio Conte (Tottenham Hotspur FC via Getty Images)

Dele Alli 8

Fluffed his big moments, seeing a golden chance to double Spurs’ lead brilliantly saved by Alisson and then leaving Kane with a difficult finish after they had got behind again.

Nonetheless, it has been a long time since he has been this involved or menacing in a big game. If he can shake off the rust, there’s hope.

Heung-min Son 7

Had a strange game. Scored the equaliser and resumed his lethal partnership with Kane from last season, causing Liverpool no end of problems. But looked rusty, underlined by two big misses in the first half.

Harry Kane 7

Took his goal brilliantly but finished the match with a catalogue of missed chances, some unlucky, some careless. A goal against a top opponent was a step forward but still feels like he is short of full sharpness.

Subs

Oliver Skipp (Ndombele 64’) 7

Got stuck in at both ends and helped improve Spurs defensively.

Lucas Moura (Dele 80’) 6

Unable to help Spurs capitalise on Liverpool’s 10 men as they pushed for a late winner.

Sergio Reguilon (Sessegnon 86’) N/A

Not used: Austin, Rodon, Tanganga, Doherty, Lo Celso, Bergwijn.

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