Niko Kranjčar received his second straight start alongside Luka Modrić as Tottenham took on Liverpool at Anfield Monday night. The Spurs offense was quieter than usual on the night, where heavy fog almost postponed the match all together. Tottenham looked content with a draw as they played without injured Rafael van der Vaart and manager Harry Redknapp. Modrić was quiet the entire match and could not work his usual magic with Spurs’ strategy relying more on the defense than goal scoring.
Liverpool pressed throughout the second half with the return of their Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez from an eight-match ban. The Tottenham defense withstood countless attacks with Niko Kranjčar playing well defensively. Then in the 85th minute, Kranjčar gave Tottenham their best chance of the game, sending a magnificent field long pass to Gareth Bale, who was just onside, to put the Welshman on a breakaway. Bale had all day to pick out the right shot but decided to shoot early and try to ‘five hole’ Liverpool goalie Pepe Reina. The shot was denied and both clubs would split the points in a 0-0 draw. Spurs will take the point and Kranjčar should be happy with his performance. He would have been hailed a hero if Bale would have finished the assist for him.
Niko Kranjčar 50-yard pass to Gareth Bale (1:15)