Liverpool 1-1 Tottenham Hotspur: Höbinger rescues point for hosts in stoppage time

With both sides sitting on 12 points ahead of kickoff on Merseyside, Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur would be seeking an all-important victory as they sought to close the gap on fourth-placed Manchester United.

LIV: Laws; Fisk, Fahey, Bonner; Matthews, Holland, Nagano, Kearns, Koivisto; Haug, van de Sanden

TOT: Votíková; Nildén, Bartrip, Turner, Grant; Clinton, Summanden, Ahninnen, Bizet; Thomas, England

A blustery afternoon on the banks of the River Mersey looked set to result in a goalless draw, after a scrappy first half saw both teams enter the interval with nothing to separate themselves from their opponents.

Martha Thomas came closest to opening the scoring just before the break, but her header failed to threaten Rachael Laws, and Matt Beard’s Liverpool remained well and truly in contention as the sides emerged for the second half.

The hosts were arguably the stronger of the two sides when play resumed, but it was Celin Bizet Ildhusøy that struck first at Prenton Park after her unconventional strike off her thigh looped over Laws.

Robert Vilahamn’s Lilywhites should have doubled their lead soon after, with both Amanda Nildén and substitute Wang Shuang squandering golden opportunities in the dying stages.

Those mistakes allowed Marie Höbinger to arrive on the scene as Liverpool’s hero in the 91st minute, picking out the bottom corner from range to earn a hard-fought draw that sees the Reds remain above Tottenham on goal difference.

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Liverpool travel to London City Lionesses’ Princes Park next Sunday in the Adobe Women’s FA Cup, while Tottenham host Manchester City in midweek Conti Cup action before facing Charlton Athletic in the FA Cup.