Harry Kane’s 100th Premier League goal capped late drama at Anfield as Tottenham earned a 2-2 draw against Liverpool with a 95th minute equaliser.
Things could not have got off to a worse start for Tottenham as Mohamed Salah opened the scoring in the early exchanges.
A stunning equaliser from Victor Wanyama looked to have salvaged a point, before Kane missed a penalty to put Spurs in the lead.
Reeling from the miss, Salah pounced on the visitors once more, scoring in the first minute of added time to seemingly win the encounter.
With the final minute of added time, though, came another penalty from Tottenham and Kane converted at the second attempt.
It would have been remiss of Mauricio Pochettino to expect a similar start to that against Manchester United, when Christian Eriksen scored after 11 seconds, from his side.
However, the Argentine would have expected far more than what he got at Anfield.
It took just three minutes for Salah, Kane’s most prominent rival in the race for a hat-trick of Premier League Golden Boots, to pounce on a defensive mistake and open the scoring.
With Liverpool hanging on, Pochettino looked to relieve Mousa Dembele, introducing Wanyama in a like-for-like switch.
Few would have anticipated the impact the Kenyan would have made. Having been on the pitch barely a minute, the midfielder fed Eriksen on the right.
The Dane moved to cross and saw his ball parried by Karius, into the path of an on-charging Wanyama, whose ferociously perfect strike rendered the Liverpool ‘keeper useless.
Wanyama’s goal looked to have settled a point for Spurs, before Kane was offered a spot in the 100-club on a plate having been brought down in the box by Karius.
The England striker stepped up and hit an awfully out of character effort straight at the shot-stopper’s palms.
To add insult to injury, a revived Liverpool went in search of a winner. With Spurs once again at sixes and sevens at the back, Salah danced past Ben Davies and, having waited for Lloris to make the first move, lifted the ball into the back of the net.
Tottenham had gone from an almost certain spot in the top four to having nothing to take back to the capital.
However, they were offered one last chance when Jon Moss’ decision was overruled by the linesman and Kane had another shot.
There was no mistake this time as the now-centurion rolled an exquisite spot-kick into the bottom-right corner.
The delirium at the end will mask the fact that Tottenham have passed up the chance to leapfrog their hosts and climb into the top four.
However, given their record on the road against their Champions League challengers, there will be some solace for Pochettino.
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