Just how important Liverpool’s 3-2 win against Tottenham Hotspur was will not be seen until the end of the campaign, but there is no doubt the Reds took a huge stride towards European qualification with their latest performance.
Liverpool are now just one point behind Tottenham in the tightest race for a top-four spot in recent memory.
Southampton, Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool and Spurs are all battling it out for two places (with Chelsea and Manchester City likely to take the other two) and Mario Balotelli’s winner could prove priceless come May.
As you can see from the statistics above, neither player’s passing accuracy hit 70 per cent – a poor return given their talent and usual composure on the ball.
The Tottenham player – perhaps suffering as a result of Mousa Dembele’s inclusion and fine form – had 69 per cent accuracy and Liverpool’s young Brazilian managed just 64 per cent.
Coutinho came out on top in terms of key passes (just) but Eriksen managed to get one of his two shots on target while the Liverpool player failed to test the goalkeeper all evening.
That said, Coutinho did trump the Tottenham player when it came to forward passes, dribbles and duels won, so it is Eriksen who is likely to look back on Tuesday’s game with more regret, not just for the result but for his own failure to make a significant impact.