Spoils shared at White Hart Lane as Rose cancel's out Milner's penalty
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Spoils shared at White Hart Lane as Rose cancel's out Milner's penalty

Oliver Emmerson
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Unfortunately, that's all we've got time for today. I've been Oliver Emmerson, and it's been a pleasure. 

All over, Liverpool might feel that they should have won the game, but they didn't as Danny Rose's second half equaliser cancelled out James Milner's penalty. 

Full-time: Tottenham Hotspur 1-1 Liverpool (Milner, Rose)

90+3: Changes deep into injury time, Christian Eriksen off for Harry Winks for Spurs, Kevin Stewart on for Adam Lallana for Liverpool. Matip booked for timewasting.

90+2: Liverpool set up with a great chancce to counter, but Firmino and Lallana can't quite organise it between themselves and they only come away with a corner. 

90: Trickery from Firmino down the left puts him in a position to set up Wijnaldum. The Dutchman gets a deflected shot away, Vorm grateful as it takes the ball into his path. 

88: Daniel Sturridge is going to get a few minutes to try and win the game for Liverpool, he replaces Sadio Mane. 

86: Henderson picks up a booking. 

84: Onomah has been sent to the right wing, presumably to target James Milner, and he quickly wins a corner from the Red, Alderweireld heading over. 

83: Pochettino throwing Josh Onomah into the mix, Harry Kane the man replaced. Strange one?

80: Liverpool work it forward, Lallana giving it to Firmino who looks to bend a shot around Dier, only for it to be blocked by the Englishman. 

77: Yellow for Dele Alli, kicking the ball away as Liverpool get a free-kick.

72: Spurs get up the pitch down the right with Eric Dier, his cross finds Rose in all kinds of room at the back post, the left-back squeezing a shot past Simon Mignolet to level things up!


69: Klopp makes his first change of the game, Origi replacing Coutinho. That change is likely to see Firmino move over to the left hand side from the centre. 

68: Dele Alli and Firmino having a few cross words after a tackle. Alli's often at it, but it's something we've not seen too often from Firmino on these shores. 

66: Tottenham firmly on top all of a sudden, the crowd wake up, sensing an equaliser - will they see it?

64: Lamela takes, Mignolet is equal to it tipping the ball over. The hosts go even closer from the following corner, Mignolet making another superb save to keep Alderweireld's eader out. 

63: Lovren gives a foul away on the edge of the area, boots the ball away, gets a yellow card. Not a great few seconds for the Croat. Can Spurs take advantage?

62: Close! Just as I say Liverpoo could concede, they almost do. Dier overlaps down the right, playing a lovely squared ball for Eriksen, who blazes over the bar. 

61: Less than half an hour to go at White Hart Lane and Liverpool still have the lead, but given their defensive record, you'd argue that they could well need a second goal in order to take all three points.

56: Goal disallowed for Liverpool! Lallana is slipped in behind and he squares for Mane to fire home, but the Englishman was flagged for offside down the left wing. It looked to be an extremely tight decision. 

54: Liverpool beat the initial Spurs press to get numbers forward on another counter, Firmino spraying the ball to Clyne who wins a corner. 

53: Spurs can only clear the ball for a corner from that resulting free-kick, Matip flicking the ball onto the top of the crossbar from the corner. 

52: Yellow for Vertonghen, who brought down Mane with an outstretched arm as the ball was played over the top. 

51: Eriksen lets rip from range as Rose takes the ball from Coutinho to force a counter, but the shot dribbles wide. 

47: Wijnaldum, still chasing his first away goal in the Premier League, goes close with an effort from distance after Firmino presented him with the opportunity to shoot. 

45: Back underway!

So, 1-0 to Jürgen Klopp's side at half-time and you'd argue that they deserve their lead. There's been action at either end, but Liverpool have had the best of it going forward, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino linking very well to cause the Spurs defence trouble. It was Firmino who won the penalty, Milner tucking it away. 

Half-time: Tottenham Hotspur 0-1 Liverpool (Milner)

45+3: Corner for Spurs right at the end of the half... headed away. 

45+2: Mane curves a delightful ball towards the path of Firmino, but Alderweireld nips in right on time to divert the ball away from the penalty winner's path. 

45: Three minutes of stoppage time, yellow for Coutinho as he blocks Lamela from taking a quick free-kick. Silly from the midfielder, really. 

44: More on the incident. Firmino surged into the area down the left hand side, Lamela hot on his heels, too hot for the referee's liking as he brought down the Brazilian inside the penalty box. Milner stepped up, as he did a few times last season, and sent Vorm the wrong way with a good penalty into the bottom left-hand corner. 

GOAL! Milner scores the penalty!

Penalty to Liverpool!

35: Oooh, the Spurs fans want Mane off the pitch as he's late with another tackle, this time on Rose. It would probably have been a little harsh however, the referee dishing out no further punishment than the free-kick. 

33: Mane picks up a yellow, a late challenge on Dele Alli. 

30: Spurs have more pressure up the pitch with the two strikers when they counter-attack now, Janssen and Kane troubling the Liverpool defence there with there direct play and power. Nothing comes from the attack though, Clyne clearing for the visitors. 

29: Yellow card for Danny Rose, who brings down Firmino with the latest in a string of fouls.

28: It's a forced change, Kyle Walker hobbling off through injury, but a strange replacement as striker Vincent Janssen enters the fray. 

27: Away from the action a moment, this is a really interesting battle battle between one of the league's most fluid attack's and one of the best defence's. Mauricio Pochettino isn't finding it all that interesting, as he prepares to make an early change. 

26: Coutinho finding room to shoot again as Mane spins his man and dinks the ball over the top to his teammate, but Vorm saves the shot, which was from a difficult angle. 

23: Liverpool having a good spell, Milner wins the ball back from Walker and feeds Coutinho who has a deflected shot tipped over by a scrambling Vorm. 

22: Lallana looks to thread a pass through to Mane, and it's Mane - Vorm 2.0! However, Vertonghen got a touch on the ball, diverting it into his 'keeper's path, and it's Vorm that wins again. 

19: Nervy stuff for Spurs there as Vorm is caught in a foot race with Mane, the Dutchman just getting there in time to poke the ball away from the winger's feet. You get the feeling that this is such an even game, the first goal is going to be huge in terms of momentum. 

14: End to end stuff, this. Mane speeds down the right for Liverpool, flashing a low ball into Coutinho's path but the midfielder can't quite get the proper connection on it to force a shot. 

12: The ball bounces everywhere, bodies fly everywhere as Spurs attack, Alli eventually slicing wide. 

7: Spurs up the other end straight away, Eriksen testing Mignolet from the free-kick as the Belgian pushes it out for a corner. Mane, who won the ball so well at the other end of the pitch a minute ago, was guilty of bringing down Rose to concede the set-piece.

5: What a miss! It's a huge chance early on for Philippe Coutinho as Mane wins the ball high up the pitch for Liverpool, giving it to Firmino who puts it on a plate for Coutinho in the area, only for the Brazilian to give Michel Vorm a chance to fly across his goal and save well. 

2: Spurs making a quick start, looking to get at the Liverpool defence as Joel Matip is forced into an early clearance on his Premier League debut.

0: Kick-off!

The two teams are out and have shaken hands, almost ready to get underway here! 

The visitors make two changes from their defeat to Burnley last time out, Sadio Mane having returned to action in the EFL Cup in mid-week from a shoulder injury replaces Daniel Sturridge while Joel Matip makes his league debut over Ragnar KlavanPhilippe Coutinho starts despite having been a fitness doubt with a hamstring injury, while Sturridge joins Divock Origi on the bench. Emre Can misses out altogether with an ankle problem.

Not many surprises from the home team, whose line-up is almost the same one that beat Crystal Palace at White Hart Lane last weekend. Hugo Lloris and Mousa Dembele remain injured while summer signing Vincent Janssen makes way for Dele Alli to return in a three-pronged attack behind Harry Kane, who returns to a more familiar striking role.

Liverpool Bench: Manninger, Grujic, Moreno, Lucas, Sturridge, Origi, Stewart.

Tottenham Hotspur Bench: McGee, Carter-Vickers, Davies, Onomah, Winks, Janssen, Son.

Liverpool XI: Mignolet; Clyne, Matip, Lovren, Milner; Henderson (c), Wijnaldum, Lallana; Mane, Coutinho; Firmino.

Tottenham Hotspur XI: Vorm, Walker, Alderweireld, Vertonghen, Rose; Dier, Wanyama, Eriksen, Alli, Lamela; Kane (c).

The team news is officially in...

It's not yet known whether Ragnar Klavan or Joel Matip will line up alongside Dejan Lovren at the heart of Liverpool's defence, with whoever plays expected to face a tough task against Tottenham's high-pressing game, especially if they play two strikers. Lovren doesn't seem too worried by it, saying in the build up to the game; "I’m always under pressure here at the training ground when we play against each other every day, I know what to expect because it’s really similar with our strikers pressing me."

Spurs are likely to be boosted by the return of Dele Alli after he didn't start last week's win against Crystal Palace due to a virus. Who gets dropped for Alli, should he come in, is up for debate after new signing Vincent Janssen impressed up front alongside Harry Kane in a slight shift of formation from Maurico Pochettino. Hugo Lloris remains out, with Michel Vorm filling in for the time being, although Pochettino explained on Thursday that he's hoping to have his captain back after the international break. 

Philippe Coutinho scored Liverpool's opener in the 1-1 draw last season, but he's a doubt today after missing the mid-week win over Burton with a hamstring problem. The Reds will also be missing Loris Karius, Joe Gomez, Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho through injury. Despite starting against Burton, it's unlikely that Jürgen Klopp will deem Emre Can match-fit enough to start a game of this nature just yet.

Despite Spurs finishing above Liverpool in many recent seasons, it's the Reds who overwhelmingly have the upper hand in this fixture. After the two draws last season between the teams, Liverpool are now unbeaten in seven Premier League games against Tottenham, winning five of those. Adding to that, victories in those wins include a 4-0 thrashing at Anfield, plus 0-3 and 0-5 demolitions at White Hart Lane. Will we see anything similar today? Spurs did seem to halt the slide last season, drawing 0-0 at home and then 1-1 at Anfield towards the end of the season. 

Liverpool players celebrate a goal on Tuesday (photo: Getty)
Liverpool players celebrate a goal on Tuesday (photo: Getty)

Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-3 away from home on the opening Sunday, going from 1-0 down to 4-1 up thanks to 20 minutes of attacking brilliance, clinging on after the Gunners fought back. However, all their hard work as seemingly undone last weekend, as they went down 2-0 to Burnley at Turf Moor. However, the Reds have seen their confidence boosted since then, beating Burton Albion 5-0 in the League Cup on Tuesday. This is the Reds' third away game in a row, as they were awaiting construction on the Main Stand at Anfield to be completed. It's now ready, and will be shown off against Leicester City in their next league game. 

These two teams will be hoping to push on with victories today after inconsistent starts to the season. Spurs were behind for a long time away at Everton on the opening day but recovered to draw 1-1 thanks to Erik Lamela's header. They remained unbeaten with a 1-0 win at home to Crystal Palace last week, Victor Wanyama scoring a late winner. However, performances so far haven't really convinced, so they'll be hoping for better today. 

Hello to one and all, and welcome to VAVEL UK's live text commentary of this weekend's first Premier League game, between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool. I'm Oliver Emmerson, and I'll be bringing you live minute-by-minute coverage of the clash at White Hart Lane, with kick-off set for 12:30 BST. We'll have team news around an hour prior to that, but stay with us until then as we build up to what should be an entertaining match.