James Milner handed an impressive Liverpool side the lead from the penalty spot just before half-time but we recovered to level through Danny Rose on 72 minutes.
Both teams pushed for a winner after that but it ended honours even for the third time in three matches between Mauricio and Jurgen Klopp.
Earlier, Michel Vorm was at his best to deny Philippe Coutinho, we lost Kyle Walker to injury and had to re-organise - Eric Dier back to right-back, Dele Alli into holding midfield and Vincent Janssen off the bench. Simon Mignolet did well to turn away Toby Alderweireld’s header early in the second half, Rose levelled and then Alderweireld turned saviour in added time, sliding in to block Adam Lallana as Liverpool hit us on the counter-attack.
“It was a very tough game, both teams played with passion, that is
important and I thought we showed character,” said Mauricio. “I’m only
pleased with the players, the effort they made on the pitch was
Mauricio: “It’s difficult to play and to show good football when both teams want to press and both teams have such good players. I thought we started very well but the problem was we had to change our plan. In the second half, we showed lots of character, that was fantastic, so we need to be pleased with our players.”
Team has heart
Mauricio: “Yes, it’s true. That’s the third game in the Premier League unbeaten and that’s important.”
On Danny’s goal
Mauricio: “It was an important moment for us, a lot of good action before Danny scored and I’m happy for him. It was good not to lose the game.”