By Tom Blackburn
Tottenham defender Danny Rose has heaped praise on new Liverpool signing Sadio Mane after facing him on Saturday.
The two sides played in the Premier League’s early kick-off on Saturday, with Rose scoring in the second half to cancel out a James Milner penalty.
However, Rose said the constant threat of Mane prevented him from going forward as much as he would have liked.
“It was probably the hardest game I’ve had in the last few years, chasing Mane up and down,” Rose said in The Liverpool Echo. “But overall a point is a fair result.”
On the goal, he added: “I took a gamble, I didn’t want to go forward too much because the pace of Mane is frightening but I managed to get in at the back post.”
Arguably Tottenham’s best player was keeper Michel Vorm, who kept them in the game as Liverpool dominated the first half.
Vorm, 32, has replaced the injured Hugo Lloris in the starting line-up and kept a clean sheet against Crystal Palace in the Premier League last weekend.
Against Liverpool the Dutch goalkeeper made a number of key saves, including a close-range stop from Philippe Coutinho, when he seemed certain to score.
Rose also took the opportunity to heap praise on the shot-stopper, saying Spurs are lucky to have such strength in depth.
“Michel had to come tearing off his line a few times throughout the game and that’s not good enough from us as a whole,” he told the Echo.
“Thankfully, we’ve two outstanding goalkeepers at the club who can rush off their line like that and make world-class decisions. It’s big thanks to Michel today.”
In other transfer news, their Premier League rivals line up a £12million bid for a Spurs attacker.