Vertonghen vs Emre Can: comparing the defenders’ performances

We take a closer look at the Tottenham and Liverpool centre backs' contributions to Tuesday's game.

 Emre Can v Jan Vertonghen: Head to Head: Comparing the Liverpool and Tottenham defenders performances : 20150211

Liverpool fans will be celebrating their 3-2 victory over Tottenham on Tuesday evening, which sends them closer to the Champions League qualification spots.

They will also be pleased that Mario Balotelli managed to score his first league goal for the club, and the fact it was the winning one will make it all the sweeter.

Both sides provided a feast of attacking football in the game at Anfield, with neither focusing on defence as the goals flowed in a hotly contested game.

In fact, Tottenham were probably the weaker of the sides in defence as 'keeper Hugo Lloris, usually so dependant, allowed Lazar Markovic’s weak shot to go past him and give the home side the lead, while the Danny Rose struggled with Jordan Ibe from the start.

The Liverpool defence as a whole was slightly better than their counterparts, although the defenders will be having nightmares about forward Harry Kane for some time, even if his cross for the second equaliser was from an offside position.

As you can see from the stats above, Vertonghen had a better evening than his defensive rival, despite Can’s side coming out the victors.

The Belgian had more effective clearances, effective headed clearances, and won both more tackles and duels than Can, although the latter did have a better accurate pass number and won more aerial duels as well. He also managed to just edge out Vertonghen on the number of interceptions too.

In the end, Can had the last laugh as his side moved closer to the Champions League places and increased competition for them even more, and left Tottenham fans disappointed they couldn’t follow up their win over Arsenal on the weekend.

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