Spurs 0-5 Liverpool – Rodgers’ Reds Destroy Spurs

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By Jonathan Carroll

Over the years White Hart Lane hasn’t been the happiest of hunting grounds for Liverpool FC. Their last win came when Fernando Torres and Andriy Voronin combined to lead the reds to a two nil win at the Lane in 1998. Missing Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, Spurs may have fancied their chances going into Sundays game. 

What transpired was probably one of the most comprehensive Liverpool performances under Brendan Rodgers. The manager has taken flak and rightly so for the debacle at Hull City a few weeks back and Liverpool supporters will recognize that his tactics and team selection were spot on for the trip to Spurs. This was no easy game for the reds. Spurs were a wounded animal and always liable to jump up and bite a team at any time. It was always going to be important to strike first and that’s exactly what Luis Suarez did.

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Suarez tried to find Jordan Henderson’s run past Michael Dawson which was just cut out by a falling Dawson, the Uruguayan continued his run and Henderson found him in stride as he took it past the Spurs defender and with lightning quick feet he switched it from his right on to his left and instantaneously put Liverpool one up with a lethal finish.

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Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson looked bright early on. Philippe Coutinho continually looked to link up with Suarez. Liverpool were going at Spurs with ease. Joe Allen and Lucas Leiva combined well to break down Spurs attacks and set up counters with Sterling, Henderson and Coutinho all joining in. It was counter attacking football at its best. Liverpool were in full stride.

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Liverpool also hit the bar through Coutinho’s Don Hutchison like shot which was followed up by a scorching drive by Glen Johnson off his weaker left foot. Henderson soon added a second after Suarez’s initial shot was saved.

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A high tackle from Paulinho saw Suarez ride in aging on the ground and soon after there was soon to be an unlikely hero in the form of Jon Flanagan. The youngster smashed a half volley past Hugo Lloris to make it three nil. The reaction of scorer and team mates alike was of true delight and showed a great team spirit within the squad. The away section at the Lane was booming out “The Fields of Anfield Road” and in due course Suarez produced an audacious finish over Lloris to make it four nil to the reds. The goal will probably not get the recognition it deserves as the striker has set the bar so high. Luis Alberto had just come on and the Spaniard set up Suarez and was also involved in Sterling’s fifth.

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The young winger was lethal all evening long. Aaron Lennon was kept very quiet and combining with Flanagan, Sterling done a fantastic job defensively and adding numbers to the attack. The willingness and confidence to go at defenders is back and also the ability to beat them showed up on Sunday.

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Three points in the bag from a tough away game. Cardiff City up next for Brendan Rodgers and if another three points can be achieved then confidence will be high with Manchester City and Chelsea on the horizon. Indeed, Liverpool are in a position to really push on for a Champions League spot. They are not ready to be assumed as title contenders. John Henry should invest in the transfer window if the right players are available. This could be the best opportunity to get back into the Champions League in recent history.

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 02 Walker Booked
  • 16 Naughton (Fryers – 45′ )
  • 19 Dembélé (Townsend – 61′ )
  • 15 Capoue
  • 20 Dawson Booked
  • 07 Lennon
  • 30 Sandro (Holtby – 30′ Booked )
  • 09 Soldado
  • 08 Paulinho Dismissed
  • 21 Chadli

Substitutes

  • 11 Lamela
  • 14 Holtby
  • 17 Townsend
  • 18 Defoe
  • 22 Sigurdsson
  • 24 Friedel
  • 35 Fryers

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Johnson
  • 38 Flanagan
  • 21 Lucas (Luis Alberto – 79′ )
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 17 Sakho
  • 24 Allen
  • 14 Henderson
  • 07 Suárez
  • 31 Sterling
  • 10 Coutinho (Moses – 90′ )

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 04 Kolo Touré
  • 05 Agger
  • 06 Luis Alberto
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 12 Moses
  • 34 Kelly
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Attendance: 36,069

 

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