Philippe Coutinho’s opener for Liverpool was cancelled out by the in-form Harry Kane as we came back from a goal down to secure a share of the spoils in our first match back following the international break.
Having conceded 10 goals across our previous three visits to the home of the Reds, the result represented an improvement on our recent form on Merseyside but central defender Toby, once again in excellent form at the back, insisted the players were disappointed not to have won the game as the battle in the uppermost places of the Premier League table reaches a crucial stage.
“Playing Liverpool away is difficult,” said the Belgian international. “They’re more confident now, they had a couple of good results before the international break so it’s tough but we played a good game and we gave 100 per cent on the pitch – I think everybody could see that.
“The second half was better than the first, I think we could have punished them more and in the end it’s not a bad result at Anfield but, of course, we wanted to win.
“That’s how the team is now – if you don’t win at Anfield you’re disappointed. That says enough about the group we have but nevertheless I think we put on a good performance on the pitch. That’s the way we have to play and I think that’s when we are at our strongest.”
No sooner had the match finished at Anfield, Toby was already looking ahead to next weekend’s clash with Manchester United at White Hart Lane.
“I think we played a very good game today, unfortunately it’s not three points, but we have to take the positives for the next game,” he added. “We always focus on ourselves and try to put on performances like we did today and I think if we play like this next week we will win.
“Playing at home against a team like Manchester United is always big but we will be ready, the Lane will be ready and we have to focus now on that game.”