A dogged antiaircraft show earned Spurs a 1-1 gully astatine Anfield connected Saturday, a effect that took Liverpool apical of the Premier League on extremity difference. Yet travel the last time of the campaign, it whitethorn good beryllium looked backmost connected arsenic the time that the rubric slipped distant to Manchester City.
With Liverpool already needing City to driblet points successful their past 4 games, triumph astatine location to Newcastle connected Sunday volition spot City instrumentality a three-point pb astatine the acme arsenic it looks to support it's crown.
Should it beryllium successful, Liverpool's dreams of becoming the archetypal broadside ever to triumph the Premier League, Champions League, FA Cup and League Cup volition beryllium extinguished.
Arriving connected the backmost of 13 wins successful their past 14 league games -- the lone objection a 2-2 gully astatine City -- Liverpool was steadfast favourite to overpower a Spurs broadside battling to scope the apical four, but contempt dominating possession, recovered themselves frustrated by a resolute partition of white.
Son stars again
Spurs' Italian manager Antonio Conte has forged a glittering vocation from a operation of antiaircraft solidity and counter-attacking dynamism, a doctrine that reaped its reward 10 minutes into the 2nd fractional connected Saturday.
A swift determination up the tract saw Harry Kane find full-back Ryan Sessegnon escaped down Liverpool's left, who unselfishly squared for Son to pat home.
His 20th league extremity of the play -- the lone subordinate to scope the milestone without penalties -- the South Korean superstar has again dazzled for Spurs this twelvemonth contempt a mixed play for the team.
A deflected onslaught from the in-form Luis Diaz 15 minutes from clip looked acceptable to tee up an inevitable Liverpool onslaught and goal; yet Spurs held firm, and could adjacent person snuck a melodramatic victor with amended decision-making precocious on.
"To person a bully effect was positive," Conte told reporters aft the game, with Spurs present a constituent down rivals Arsenal successful fourth.
"On the different hand, I deliberation possibly we person to beryllium a spot disappointed. I person seen, successful the eyes of my players, disappointment due to the fact that we had the accidental to triumph the game."
Reflecting connected "one of the toughest games" he'd ever played, Son explained the request for a much antiaircraft approach.
"Liverpool is 1 of the champion teams successful the satellite astatine the moment, truthful sometimes we request to defend," Son told BT Sport.
"We did good today, this was our crippled plan."
'I don't similar this benignant of football'
The assessments of Son and Conte marked a stark opposition to those of Liverpool brag Jurgen Klopp, who slammed Spurs' approach.
Citing the distant side's 35% possession, Klopp said the attack was "not me."
"I americium sorry, I americium the incorrect idiosyncratic to inquire [about Spurs' defending] due to the fact that I don't similar this benignant of football," Klopp said.
"We play a satellite people team, they beryllium backmost ... the crippled program works for these games, but they are inactive 5th.
"They evidently enactment for everything, clip wasting, these benignant of things ... smart, but it makes it not easier for us.
"Absolutely fine, it's conscionable I can't. I respect everything they do. But it's not me," Klopp added.
Klopp and Liverpool volition present anticipation Newcastle tin instrumentality thing from City connected Sunday earlier they question to Aston Villa connected Tuesday.
An FA Cup last and a Champions League last aboriginal this period leaves Liverpool with the accidental to execute a historical treble careless of the Premier League.
"If you inquire me, my favourite concern would beryllium if it stays similar this, connected the aforesaid points full due to the fact that City and america suffer the remainder of the games successful the Premier League," Klopp said.
"That would beryllium great. But we each cognize this is not going to happen."