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Milner Reflects on Tottenham Draw

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The Reds came away with a single point after some pretty terrible refereeing decisions.

Liverpool v Tottenham Hotspur - Premier League Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images

What’s there to say about this weekend’s game? There were a couple of absolutely gorgeous goals (Salah’s second was a contender for goal of the season) and some truly horrible penalty calls from referee, Jon Moss, and his assistant. But at the end of the day, the team would rather focus on what they could have done differently during the game itself.

“We played well first half, second half they got on top a bit and it was hard for us to keep the ball,” James Milner told the BBC after the game. ”That was disappointing but I thought we defended pretty well as a team, they didn’t have too many clear cut chances and they’re a very good side.”

The Reds definitely let the visitors dominate possession for large portions of the game and seemed to spend the second half trying to catch up with Tottenham. And while Liverpool were strong defensively (Karius having a particularly good day) and kept most of Spurs’ chances at bay, the lack of counter-attacks on Liverpool’s part definitely didn’t help the final scoreline.

”It was disappointing that we didn’t control the game a bit more in the second half but we stuck to it and probably wish we’d done enough to get that extra goal to see us over the line but it wasn’t to be,” Milner added.

“[But] they’re a good side and move the ball quickly so it’s impossible [to press] for 95 minutes, and there are times when you have to get back into shape. But we do it week in, week out and against the sides who move the ball quickly it’s very different.

”In a game where you have the majority of the ball, those reactions and the quick pressing you’re not doing it too often. But obviously Spurs controlled the game a bit more second half and it wasn’t as easy to get up to them, but first half I thought we played well so it was disappointing that we couldn’t keep the ball a bit better.”