Harry Kane’s delight at new Spurs record is tempered by disappointment after draw at Anfield
Harry Kane admits his delight at setting a new goalscoring record at Tottenham was tempered by the disappointment of a missed opportunity as Saturday’s draw at Anfield allowed Leicester to move seven points clear at the top.
Kane’s second-half equaliser against Liverpool was his 22nd top-flight strike of the campaign – the most Premier League goals scored by a Spurs player in one season.
However, the Lilywhites striker took little time over his celebration, racing back to the halfway line along with his team-mates to push for a winner, which failed to materialise – and Kane concedes the Lilywhites were hoping for more.
“I think on any day of the week you’d rather your team win than have personal records and personal achievements,” he said. “Of course it was nice to score, as it is in every game, but we want to get the three points so from my point of view it was a case of getting back and trying to get the second goal.
“We created chances and their keeper’s pulled off some good saves so we’re probably a bit disappointed that we haven’t got the win.
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“It [the record] is a great achievement, it’s one I’m very proud of. Hopefully it doesn’t stop here, hopefully there are still a few more goals - but for me it’s just about the team and trying to get as many points as possible. It’s a great thing to have but the three points are all I care about at the moment.”
Tottenham had lost their previous three trips to Anfield, conceding 10 goals in the process, so Saturday’s 1-1 draw on Merseyside was another sign of their improvement and progress this season.
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However, Mauricio Pochettino’s side fell further behind leaders Leicester as Claudio Ranieri’s pacesetters secured a 1-0 home win over Southampton earlier today (Sunday).
“Anfield’s a tough place to go, no matter what you’re fighting for or what you’re playing for - they’re a top team,” said Kane. “It’s a draw, it’s a point gained and we’ll see what happens.
“The first half was probably an even game and then in the second half I thought we dominated a bit more and created the better chances. It’s just a shame that we couldn’t get that second one.
“We put it all on the line, we worked as hard as we could and at the end of the day it was honours even.
“Anything can happen. Leicester will do very well to win every game from now until the end of the season so we’ve just got to do what we can.
“Now this game’s over we’ve just got to focus on Man United, which is another tough game, at White Hart Lane [next Sunday]. We’re looking forward to it, we’ve got to go and get the win basically.”
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp embraced Kane and spoke to him after the final whistle, with the striker revealing: “He just said three words: ‘what a strike’.
“It was obviously nice to hear from an opposing manager. He’s a good character to have in the Premier League, but if I’d scored another one he might not have done that!”
After Kane’s stunning breakthrough last campaign – when he scored 21 Premier League goals – some questioned whether he would be able to repeat the feat, or whether he had already enjoyed the best season of his career.
Those questions grew louder when the Spurs striker failed to score in his first eight games for his club this term.
However, his latest strike on Saturday means he has eclipsed last season’s tally of top-flight goals, and he admits he has enjoyed proving the doubters wrong.
“It’s a good achievement from my point of view,” he said. “There was a lot of talk, even at the start of the season, but I have a lot of self-belief - I believe in myself and I believe in my ability and I try to work hard in every training session and every game to get better, and to go ahead of last season is a good feeling. But it doesn’t stop here, there are six games left for me to try and get as many goals as possible.
“I think whenever anyone tells you that you can’t do something or you’re not what you think you are then you want to prove them wrong.
“I want to do the best I can anyway for myself, but when people are telling me I can’t do it then it makes it even better for me when I go out there and work as hard and achieve what I achieve.”
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