Toby Alderweireld explains what Tottenham's disappointment after Liverpool draw shows about squad

The result ultimately saw Mauricio Pochettino's men lose ground in the Premier League title race.

Toby Alderweireld has told Tottenham's official website that the disappointment that the squad felt following their draw with Liverpool proves just how far they have come recently.

Harry Kane's goal cancelled out Philippe Coutinho's opener for the Reds, but Mauricio Pochettino's men were not able to find another meaning that Leicester's win over Southampton on Sunday saw the Foxes move seven points clear at the top of the Premier League.

And while the two results may have left Spurs extremely downhearted, the Belgian decided to remain positive by suggesting that being frustrated with a draw against a club of the Reds' stature highlights their progression.

"The second half was better than the first, I think we could have punished them more and in the end it's not a bad result at Anfield but, of course, we wanted to win," he told the club's official website.

"That's how the team is now – if you don't win at Anfield you're disappointed. That says enough about the group we have but nevertheless I think we put on a good performance on the pitch. That's the way we have to play and I think that's when we are at our strongest."

Having finished outside of the top four last season, it appears to be a certainty that they will finish higher this time around as with six games to go, they remain the nearest challengers to the current leaders. 

And if the whole squad is able to reflect on their last result in the same manner that Alderweireld is choosing to, then they should arguably still believe that they can put some pressure on Claudio Ranieri's men, and perhaps take the title race right down to the wire.

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