Spurs 1-1 Liverpool - players' view
27 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Michel Vorm, Eric Dier, Danny Rose and Toby Alderweireld gave us their views on Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Liverpool at White Hart Lane.
Left-back Danny rescued a point for us in the second period, cancelling out James Milner’s penalty for the Reds shortly before half-time, awarded when Erik Lamela was adjudged to have fouled Roberto Firmino.
Goalkeeper Michel Vorm also intervened on several occasions to keep the visitors at bay while Kyle Walker was forced off in the first period, leading to a reshuffle in personnel with Eric Dier dropping in at right-back.
Ultimately, we remain unbeaten in 2016-17.
On his early save from Philippe Coutinho
“It was so close, you don’t know really, it happened so quickly. The way we work here with Toni Jimenez, the goalkeeping coach, is to wait and react and that’s the best chance you have of making the save. We all have quick reactions – myself, Hugo Lloris, Luke McGee and Tom Glover – and we can rely on our reactions. At that moment, I tried to wait and not to gamble. It worked, so happy days!”
On the match overall
“If we play a team like Liverpool with a lot of speed up front, you can see they have a very strong squad, it’s not an easy game but we handled it well. It’s tough, we play with a high line and as a goalkeeper, you have to be ready for everything, especially the passes coming in behind with the speed they have. It went well, I’m happy with that and chances-wise, I think it was 50-50. I was happy with the energy we showed again. Liverpool like to counter-attack, you need to be switched on with the speed they have up front. I think it’s a good lesson for us as well, we can work hard on that. We were 1-0 down and we’re happy with the point.”
On switching to right-back
“Obviously losing Kyle was a big blow because him and Danny are massive to the way we want to play and go forward. It was a big loss but I think we dealt with it well. I try my best in that position and try my best to get forward. You’ve just got to be ready because these things happen in football, you’ve got to be ready for all sorts of situations on the pitch and I think our squad is very good like that. We have players who can adapt to many different positions and the manager has prepared us for that as well.”
On the challenge of coming back from 1-0 down
“It was a very intense game, they play a similar style to us. They had the better of the first half and we had the better of the second. It felt like they had a lot of chances in the first half and Michel was brilliant but in the second half we had some very good chances.”
On Michel’s saves
“Michel was fantastic – he was quick on his feet. I didn’t know he had that pace about him! With the way we play, we need a goalkeeper who can come out and play like that so he was brilliant for us.”
On the match in general
“For the first hour I was wondering where the chance might come from. It’s fair to say we didn’t play as well as we did last weekend against Palace and we were all disappointed at half-time because we know the standards we’ve set under the manager. If we don’t win games the aim is not to lose and we’re happy we managed to get a point but at the same time we’re disappointed we didn’t play as well as we can and create more chances.”
On room for improvement
“I’m sure it was a great game for the neutral but there are a few things we’ll need to tidy up. Michel had to come tearing off his line a few times throughout the game and that’s not good enough from us as a whole. Thankfully, we’ve two outstanding goalkeepers at the club who can rush off their line like that and make world-class decisions. It’s big thanks to Michel today.”
On Eric Dier moving to right-back
“I think he did very well. It’s not always easy to change your position. It’s a totally different role to the one he usually plays for us but I think he did well and the team benefitted from that.”
On the overall outcome
“I think a draw was not a bad result. It was fair, they had some chances but we fought back in the second half, we tried to change the game and I think we did that. It was a match between two teams that want to put pressure on each other and also try to play football. That made it difficult and it was a very tough game, very physical.”