A point, gained thanks to Luis Diaz’s deflected equaliser, was enough to take Jurgen Klopp’s men ahead of Manchester City on goal difference.
But the Premier League title looks like it is staying at the Etihad, barring a repeat over City’s final four games of the kind of choke they had in Madrid.
Diaz will have learned when he left the field that former club Porto had secured him one title winner’s medal.
It will be a massive surprise if he claims a second.
In the 58th game of what will be a 63-match season, the Reds ran out of luck and inspiration against a resolute Spurs side.
For all their possession, for all their energy, especially in the first half, Liverpool simply could not create the chances or score the goals they needed to beat a resolute Tottenham team.
If they are to add to the Carabao Cup already secured, they will have to win one or both of their knockout showpieces, starting with next Saturday’s FA Cup Final against Chelsea.
The Reds’ Premier League destiny is now out of their hands.