Barclays Premier League – October 7th 2007
Liverpool 2 Tottenham 2
Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez: “Of course we are disappointed. The character was fine, we worked hard but we conceded two very bad goals, the sort we do not normally let in. We made two bad mistakes and both goals were easy to defend against. Those two mistakes cost us. They were so clear, so easy to stop. It is not normal to see us concede goals like that.
“We were much better than them in the first half, we could have scored a few more. We controlled the first half and should have been 3-0 up but we didn’t take our chances. Then we made some mistakes defensively and that left us with a difficult second half. I always say when you are 1-0 up and you have good chances you have to take them.
“We showed character to come back and get a draw in the end but we must be disappointed not to have taken the three points.”
Spurs boss Martin Jol: “I do not know about the future, I do not pull the strings and I do not have any control over the scenario. If I did, everything would be quiet. But see my team, they want to fight and they fight every game. The players always stay the same, it is very positive.
“We could not get the third, we had the breaks and that would have ended it. I just couldn’t understand how we didn’t achieve that. Everyone has said we deserved to win, and that is how we feel. In particular in the second half we were on top of them and caused a lot of problems.
“That was good. They had suffered a bad defeat against Marseille in midweek and we knew they would want to do better and we expected a difficult match, then we conceded a goal like that at the beginning, which didn’t help.
“I felt we did well to come back into the game. We raided quickly, were strong in midfield and Robbie Keane scored a couple of good goals, but in the end it was a bad result for us. But we have got a great spirit, everyone can see that, we have done a lot of travelling in midweek to Cyprus and then up here to Liverpool. It has been a difficult time for us. But we took a lot of confidence from this.”
Liverpool: 25 Reina, 3 Finnan, 23 Carragher, 4 Hyypia, 17 Arbeloa (19 Babel, 63), 16 Pennant (18 Kuyt, 69), 20 Mascherano, 8 Gerrard, 6 Riise, 10 Voronin (11 Benayoun, 77), 9 Torres
Unused subs: 30 Itandje, 21 Lucas
Goals: Voronin 12, Torres 90
Tottenham: 1 Robinson, 2 Chimbonda, 20 Dawson , 5 Kaboul, 3 Lee, 6 Tainio (15 Malbranque,75 ), 8 Jenas, 4 Zokora, 16 Bale, 10 Keane, 9 Berbatov
Unused subs: 12 Cerny 18 Defoe, 22 Huddlestone, 30 Gardner
Goals: Keane 45, 47
Bookings: Dawson 63
Stats: (Liverpool – Spurs)
Possession: 56% – 44%
Shots on target: 9 – 6
Shots off target: 12 – 5
Corners: 5 – 3
Fouls: 19 – 10
Referee: Mark Halsey