A weakened team was fielded by Mauricio Pochettino against a weakened team fielded by Jurgen Klopp, but it was Liverpool who came out on top to progress into the quarter-finals of the EFL Cup.
Daniel Sturridge fired Liverpool into the lead just nine minutes in, and doubled their advantage midway through the second half. Vincent Janssen pulled a goal back from the spot to set up a nervy last fifteen minutes, but Liverpool held onto their lead to dump Spurs out of the cup. Here are the Spurs player ratings.
Michel Vorm- 7
Our second goalkeeper made some good saves throughout the ninety minutes. Was a little unfortunate, appearing to slip prior to the first goal, but it could have been so many more.
Kieran Trippier- 5
Not a great night for Trippier. He struggled to have a real impact going forward down the right-hand side. Made a few unnecessary errors too.
Cameron Carter-Vickers- 5
A tough night for the defence against a skillful and pacy Liverpool attack, and in truth they were lucky not to concede more than two. The American should consider himself lucky perhaps not to give away a penalty on Sturridge.
Kevin Wimmer- 5
Tried to play the offside trap against Sturridge for the second goal, and got that horribly wrong. A tough night, but not the way to try and get yourself back into Pochettino’s plans.
Ben Davies- 6
Showed a little more intent going forward than Trippier did and threatened to put a few good balls into the box, but unfortunately, nobody was there to get onto the end of them.
Harry Winks- 6
Made a few too many errors in the middle of the park, so that is something for the youngster to work on, but looked comfortable on the ball and should have done better with his shot right at the end in stoppage time.
Eric Dier- 6
As the captain, I would have like to have seen a little bit more of Dier in the midfield. However, he did his job and put in a few strong tackles before being replaced by Victor Wanyama midway through the second half.
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