Tottenham Hotspur player ratings vs Liverpool: Few stand out as Spurs remain unbeaten

How did Spurs' players fare in their draw with Liverpool?

Tottenham Hotspur player ratings vs Liverpool: Few stand out as Spurs remain unbeaten
Kane applauds the fans at full-time (photo: Getty Images)

Danny Rose's equaliser preserved Tottenham Hotspur's unbeaten start to the Premier League, but nobody stood out for the hosts against Liverpool in the Saturday lunchtime fixture.

The Reds dominated for much of the game, taking the lead through a James Milner penalty towards the end of the first half. They could, and should, have scored more - before Rose's 72nd minute goal drew things level. But how did each Spurs player fare individually? Let's have a look. 

Goalkeeper and defence

Michel Vorm (8): With first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris forced off injured against Crystal Palace last week, former Swansea City keeper Michel Vorm has been handed an oppurtunity and he certainly took it in this game. Just five minutes were on the clock when he was called into action, making one of the best saves you'll see all season.

Spurs lost the ball in the middle of their own half and this led to Roberto Firminio getting in behind who then unselfishly squared for Phillipe Coutinho who just six yards out was denied by a wonderful save from Vorm, with his trailing right leg as he was going the wrong way. Another great part of his game was how quick he was off his line to deny the very quick Liverpool front players more chances.

Kyle Walker (6): A hard player to rate is Walker in the fact he had to be replaced after just half an hour due to apparent illness even though a strong tackle forced him to recieve treatment. For the time he was on the pitch he didn't have a big impact on the match, but at the same time he did nothing wrong and an average rating is all you can give him.

Jan Vertoghen (7): A pretty tough afternoon for Vertoghen who was troubled by the speed of the Liverpool front three all game. He didin't get off to the best of starts in the match as he was the one who gave the ball away in the middle of his own half, which ought to have led to Coutinho opening the scoring. He certainly picked up his game in the second half as Liverpool's threat was somewhat neutralised, however he then got in trouble with the referee by picking up a booking after putting a hand in Sadio Mane's face.

Toby Alderweireld (6): Alderweireld probably just about edges out his fellow starting defenders for most impressive performance overall. The Belgian international did a good job at both ends of the pitch for his team as he was a real threat from set pieces, going close twice with headers from corners, while he put in an assured display in defence including a perhaps goal saving tackle on Adam Lallana in stoppage time.

Danny Rose (7): Although getting the same rating as Alderweireld, the left back had a more mixed afternoon as he was given the runaround by Mane for most of it in a real duel on that side of the pitch. The England player was still his usual self going forward though and it showed as he thrashed the ball into Simon Mignolet's near post after running in from deep to reach a Eric Dier cross.

Midfield and attack

Victor Wanyama (8): The best outfield player for Mauricio Pochettino's team today was summer signing Wanyama who had a great game in the middle of midfield. The early injury to Walker forced Dier to move to right back and effectively putting Wanyama on his own in the middle, but it didn't effect the Kenyan's game both with and without the ball.

Eric Dier (7): Dier's versatility was key for Spurs in this game, as after just half an hour he moved from holding midfield to right back after Walker's injury. Dier was certainly up for the challenge though and although perhaps caught out of position for the reward of Liverpool's penalty he kept Coutinho relatively in check. Also, despite not being as good a option going forward as Walker, he certainly put in the effort in an attacking sense and got his just reward as he bombed down the right and put in the cross, which Rose finished to get Spurs a point.

Erik Lamela (6): Moving onto the attacking players for Spurs and Lamela's performance starts a disappointing trend as the team lacked creativity all match, with the two full backs having to combine for the team's goal. Lamela struggled to make things happen on eithier wing and his main contribution to the game was to give up the penalty after tripping up Firmino from behind.

Delle Alli (6): Alli returned to the starting line-up for this one after coming off the bench against Crystal Palace last week, but he didin't return with too much pop in his display. The Walker issue did hinder him as he had to drop deeper in the midfield, but not for the first time in his young career he got caught up in trouble with an opposition player instead of focusing on his own play.

Christian Eriksen (6): when Tottenham do usually lack creativity in their game it's because Eriksen didn't have the best of games and so it proved against Liverpool as the Danish attacking midfielder struggled to get things going for himself and his teammates. The only real chance he got was a clear left foot shot from the edge of the box, but he blazed over.

Harry Kane (6): The Spurs captain perhaps still has a hangover from England's poor Euro 2016 display because he's been slow out the blocks this campaign in general and especially in this game as he had very few sights of goal. The early introduction of Vincent Janssen forced him to play deeper and this really is not his game and it wasn't a shock he didn't last the full 90 minutes.


Vincent Janssen (6): Perhaps unlucky not to retain his starting place this week, but ultimately he'd get over an hour anyway after Walker was forced off. Like Kane you can see Janssen is desperate like any striker to get off the mark early in the season and it showed as he was trying to hard to make his touch stick etc. His work rate can't be knocked though and his moment will come.

Josh Onomah (N/A): Only came on in the 82nd minute replacing Kane so not elgible for a rating but probably showed as much creativily as any other Spurs attacking player did for the full match.