Liverpool’s hopes of winning the EPL title suffered a blow on Sunday morning as Tottenham managed to crush the Reds’ party.
Liverpool’s Premier League title hopes suffered a blow even though they topped the table as Tottenham hung on for a 1-1 draw at Anfield.
The Reds have edged Manchester City on goal difference, but the English champions can now afford to draw one of their four remaining games and retain their title.
Pep Guardiola’s men can reclaim top spot and open a three-point lead when they host Newcastle on Monday.
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A share of the spoils took Tottenham within a point of fourth-placed Arsenal, but their chances of a top-four finish now also hinge on the Gunners losing points in two of their last four games.
Son Heung-min completed a brilliant team move to put Spurs ahead in the 56th minute.
Luis Diaz’s deflected shot equalized with 16 minutes remaining, but Jurgen Klopp’s men failed to find a winner.
Twenty-one points separate the teams, but Spurs have become accustomed to saving the best for the big occasion.
Antonio Conte’s men are unbeaten in all four meetings with City and Liverpool this season.
Liverpool did not start out as a tired side as they reached the Champions League final in their 57th game of the season against Villarreal in midweek amid intense press from the home side that netted Tottenham.
However, the visitors were the first to pose a serious threat when Alisson Becker had to leave his line to prevent Harry Kane’s cross from reaching Son and Rodrigo Bentancur fired the follow-up much too close to the Brazilian stopper.
Liverpool’s best efforts before the break came from set pieces as Virgil van Dijk hit the crossbar, while Diaz also tested Hugo Lloris after being trapped by Sadio Mane.
Spurs also hit the woodwork in the first half when Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg aimed from long range.
The second half followed the same pattern, with Liverpool camped out in Tottenham’s half, but this time Spurs saw them off on the counterattack.
Kane had time to weigh his options and chose Ryan Sessegnon who slid the ball through the box for Son to score his 20th Premier League goal of the season to move within two of Mohamed Salah.
It was the first time Liverpool had trailed at Anfield in a league game since February and Spurs could have doubled their lead had Son controlled another Sessegnon cross moments later.
Salah did his best to extend his advantage in the Golden Boot race and save the Reds’ title challenge only to be denied by a brilliant block from Ben Davies.
Diaz tipped the game and the tie midweek as Klopp’s men went from 2-0 up on the night to win 3-2 against Villarreal and reach a third Champions League final in five seasons.
The Colombian has been a sensational signing since arriving in January and has made another contribution with a slice of fortune.
Diaz’s shot from outside the box took a huge deflection from Bentancur to Lloris on the wrong foot.
But Liverpool will have to settle for a shot at cup glory unless City stumble as Tottenham held firm in the closing stages.
Klopp’s men, who have already lifted the Coupe de la Ligue, face Chelsea in the FA Cup final next weekend and then Real Madrid for the European Cup in Paris on May 28.
Originally published as EPL title hopes Liverpool suffer blow after draw with Tottenham