Liverpool 0-0 Spurs: Failure to Convert Chances Costs Reds

By Jonathan Carroll

Liverpool once again failed to convert their chances in a critical game against high-flying Tottenham Spurs. The visitors were without Rafael Van Der Vaart and Aaron Lennon while Liverpool had Luis Suarez return albeit on the bench. Spurs sat deep and soaked up much of what Liverpool threw at them while trying to catch Kenny Dalglish’s men on the break.

The first half saw few chances created. Jay Spearing going closest at the Anfield Road end after being teed up by Steven Gerrard. Andy Carroll showed some nice link up play throughout the night and has slowly began to find his feet in the Liverpool system.

Dalglish’s men put Spurs under a lot of pressure in the second half without getting any dividend. The best chance fell to Andy Carroll from Martin Kelly’s cross on seventy-three minutes, the ball skipped up and the big striker snatched at the chance and saw it fly high over the bar and into the Kop. It would have been a deserved goal for the much maligned frontman after having played well for much of the evening. Luis Suarez was introduced after sixty-six minutes to a rapturous ovation from the home faithful. Not long after the Uruguayan found himself in the book after catching Scott Parker with a stray boot as the ball fell in the box.

Inside the last six minutes both teams had chances to win the game. The largely inconspicuous Gareth Bale was earlier booked after being confronted by an angry Daniel Agger. The Dane took offence to what looked like a dive by the Welshman. Niko Krancjar played Bale through one on one with Pepe Reina on eighty-four minutes but his shot was straight at the Liverpool keeper and Daniel Agger eventually cleared. At the other end Luis Suarez almost marked his return with a goal after finding space in front of Ledley King but headed Steven Gerrard’s free kick straight at Brad Friedel.

Both teams left with a point, not an awful result by any standards for Liverpool but another home game in which they dominated and once again failed to convert into a win. A top four place MUST be the priority to return Champions League football and big name players to Anfield. Anything less must surely be seen as a failure after heavy investment.

February is a critical month for the redmen. Next up is Manchester United at Old Trafford followed by the FA Cup tie against Brighton and then ending with the Carling Cup final versus Cardiff City at Wembley.

Liverpool

  • 25 Reina – 7
  • 02 Johnson – 8
  • 05 Agger – 7
  • 34 Kelly – 7
  • 37 Skrtel – 8 (Booked)
  • 08 Gerrard – 7
  • 20 Spearing – 7
  • 26 Adam – 6
  • 09 Carroll – 8
  • 18 Kuyt – 7 (Suarez – 66′ Booked )
  • 39 Bellamy – 7 (Downing – 73′ )

Substitutes

  • 32 Doni
  • 06 Aurelio
  • 16 Coates
  • 23 Carragher
  • 14 Henderson
  • 19 Downing
  • 07 Suarez

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 24 Friedel – 7
  • 03 Bale – 5 (Booked)
  • 20 Dawson – 7
  • 26 King – 8
  • 28 Walker – 9
  • 32 Assou-Ekotto – 7
  • 08 Parker – 8 (Booked)
  • 14 Modric – 7
  • 21 Kranjcar – 6 (Rose – 87′ )
  • 29 Livermore – 5
  • 10 Adebayor  – 5 (Saha – 71′ )

Substitutes

  • 23 Cudicini
  • 33 Nelsen
  • 36 Khumalo
  • 25 Rose
  • 45 Luongo
  • 15 Saha
  • 53 Lancaster

Match Statistics

                               Liverpool                              Spurs 

Possession                  52%                                     48%

Shots on Target           10                                           6

Corners                         7                                            4

Fouls                             6                                            11

Referee: Michael Oliver
Attendance: 44,461
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