'Defies logic' - Graeme Souness has his say on shocking stat in Tottenham win v Liverpool
By Russell Edge
Former Liverpool manager has said that Tottenham’s victory over Liverpool “defies logic” after their lack of possession at Wembley.
Despite being the home club Mauricio Pochettino’s side had just a shocking 36.2 per cent of the ball against Jurgen Klopp’s players, but still managed to see off the Reds 4-1 to go level with second placed Manchester United in the Premier League table.
Spurs actually had more overall shots but less shots on target on Sunday, but their clinical nature ensured that they secured the three points, and Souness was very impressed with their performance.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday programme (22/10, 15:30) he said: “Take nothing away from Tottenham. It defies logic about possession winning games.
“There were so many good players for Tottenham today.”
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Fellow pundit and former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry was also impressed with the Lilywhites’ efficiency on the ball, crediting the way that they adapted their style of play to take on a Liverpool side full of attacking threat.
He compared their manner to both German giants Borussia Dortmund, who are known for their counter attacking play, and to Premier League rivals Chelsea in the formation they adopted.
“It’s the way they won. It’s unlike Tottenham in terms of possession but like Dortmund,” Henry said on Sky Sports’ Super Sunday.
“They showed a different side. It was almost like Chelsea did to them, the 5-3-2.
“You sometimes need to change your way of playing and they did it when they have it. 30+ per cent possession and they were brilliant with it.”
Tottenham’s next match sees them host West Ham in the League Cup on Wedesday, before heading up north to take on Manchester United at Old Trafford next Saturday.
In other Tottenham news, Alan Shearer has had a humorous response to Harry Kane’s double against Liverpool.