Mauricio Pochettino’s hailed Harry Kane’s bravery after he shrugged off missing a penalty to net his 100th Premier League goal from a second spot-kick to salvage Tottenham Hotspur a point from an entertaining 2-2 draw at Liverpool.
Kane had seen his first penalty saved by Loris Karius five minutes from time with the score at 1-1.
Mohamed Salah then looked to have snatched all three points from Liverpool in style with a stunning solo run and finish in stoppage time to pull level with Kane on 21 Premier League goals for the season.
However, Kane edged back ahead of the Egyptian when he sent Karius the wrong way after Liverpool’s £75 million club record signing Virgil van Dijk was adjudged to have clipped Erik Lamela inside the area two minutes later.
“He is one of the best strikers. He can miss a penalty or a chance, but the personality to score 100 Premier League goals is because you have big, big balls,” said Pochettino.
The England international is the second quickest ever player to reach a Premier League century with only Alan Shearer bettering his return of 100 goals in 141 games.
“It’s great to be in that 100 club now, and it’s great to get something from the game after that rollercoaster of emotions,” said Kane.
Despite the late drama, Spurs still trail third-placed Liverpool by two points down in fifth in the race for a place in the top four.
Failure to make the Champions League next season will further fuel speculation as to whether Spurs can retain even a man dubbed “one of our own” by the Tottenham faithful.