There was a gulf between Javier Mascherano and Steven Gerrard for a vast duration of the game which got much better when Yossi Benayoun was introduced for Ryan Babel who continues to be wasteful. The reedy Israeli midfielder got the Reds back into the game with his clever link up play but one wondered why Rafa Benitez took so long. Before that the Reds were a one note team trying the long ball to Torres who had a very forgettable game. By the time the first half ended the other striker, Dirk Kuyt had drifted across deeper and deeper to help the ineffective midfield.
Benitez is betting on Alberto Aquilani but the Roma man is not due back till October. By that time it might be too late. It was left to the individualistic talent of Glen Jonhson to provide the most memorable highlight as he was brought down by Heurelho Gomes after dancing around the Spurs defense. Steven Gerrard took full opportunity of the PK to equalize. Liverpool's bench strength does not inspire confidence as Benitez brought on out of shape Andriy Voronin to try and get back in the game.
Spurs on the other hand have Luka Modric who stamped his presence on the midfield creating a number of chances that Keane was unable to finish of. Wilson Palacios was a motor in the middle. Jermaine Defoe was a constant threat around the box. Benoit Assou Ekotto scored his first goal for Spurs with a left footed rocket and Sebastien Bassong was able to ward of Jamie Carragher for his winning header on his club debut. The injuries to Carragher and Skrtel might have led to a drop off in defensive intensity but for the most part the defense held together well. It is the present lack of a creative midfield force and the over reliance on Torres which will give fans sleepless nights. Steven Gerrard is not the sort of player to build goals. Benitez might have no choice but to start Benayoun till Aquilani gets back to match fitness otherwise Reds fans will start bemoaning Alonso's departure.