Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League as they humiliated a woeful Tottenham side at Anfield.

A second-minute Younes Kaboul own goal, following Glen Johnson's low cross, put the Reds on course for an eighth successive league victory.

Luis Suarez made it 2-0 after Michael Dawson's error, and the Uruguayan then had a header pushed onto the post.

Tottenham's Premier League results against the top four

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Philippe Coutinho added a third goal from 25 yards and Jordan Henderson's low free-kick sealed the rout.

Victory moved the Reds two points ahead of Chelsea and four in front of Manchester City, though Manuel Pellegrini's side have played two games fewer than their title rivals.

However, with both City and Chelsea still to visit Anfield, Brendan Rodgers's team have their destiny in their own hands. Six wins from their last six matches will see them win the league title for the first time since 1989-90.

This game was expected to present a tough challenge, but the hosts - who last topped the table on Boxing Day, before a 2-1 defeat at Manchester City - dominated from the off and should have won by a wider margin.

Rodgers hails 'class performance'

As well as underlining the Reds' place at the heart of the title fight, the match also served as another reality check for a Tottenham side that face a battle to hang on to sixth place and Europa League qualification.

The Londoners remain well short of the quality needed for a Champions League spot, and have only taken one point from eight league games against the top four this season.

Defeat also increases the pressure on boss Tim Sherwood, with Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal linked with a move to White Hart Lane after this summer's World Cup.

Liverpool were always comfortable in front of a noisy and passionate Anfield crowd, who only had to wait two minutes before they were celebrating a goal.

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An excellent diagonal ball from Coutinho found Raheem Sterling, who released the overlapping Johnson. The England right-back pulled the ball across the six-yard box and, after going through Jan Vertonghen's legs, it bounced off Kaboul's heel into his own net.

Suarez's cross was then narrowly missed by Daniel Sturridge and Coutinho fired just wide as the hosts pushed for a second goal.

It came after 25 minutes when Dawson, who had just replaced the injured Vertonghen, gifted the ball to Suarez and he arrowed a low shot past Spurs goalkeeper Hugo Lloris for his 29th goal of the season.

Two rare Tottenham attacks saw Nabil Bentaleb's 30-yard drive well dealt with by Simon Mignolet, and Roberto Soldado's curling effort punched clear by the home goalkeeper.

We're a long way behind rivals - Sherwood

Spurs had fought back from 2-0 down to beat Southampton 3-2 last Sunday, but a repeat never looked likely and Coutinho confirmed the victory with a powerful low shot from outside the area for Liverpool's third.

A miserable day for Tottenham got worse when Henderson's low free-kick went through a crowded penalty area and into the far corner of the net to seal a convincing win.

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Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood:

"The idea was to stay in the game as long as we could but at 2-0 the game is dead and buried.

"It does appear we have a problem against the top four. The statistics don't lie. We have to address it. To go where we need to go, we need to get points from those above us."

On remaining in the stand for the entire game: "I'm going to learn more about my players from up there. When the team is not doing well, the fans want to see me.

"I am not shirking responsibility. But at 3-0, it was time to take step back and assess because our performances against the top four have not been good enough."

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (6)

Liverpool

  • 22 Mignolet
  • 02 Johnson
  • 38 Flanagan
  • 08 Gerrard (Lucas - 70' )
  • 37 Skrtel
  • 05 Agger
  • 14 Henderson
  • 10 Coutinho (Allen - 64' )
  • 15 Sturridge
  • 31 Sterling (Moses - 83' )
  • 07 Suarez

Substitutes

  • 01 Jones
  • 09 Iago Aspas
  • 12 Moses
  • 17 Sakho
  • 20 Cissokho
  • 21 Lucas
  • 24 Allen

Tottenham Hotspur

  • 25 Lloris
  • 16 Naughton
  • 03 Rose
  • 22 Sigurdsson Booked
  • 04 Kaboul Booked
  • 05 Vertonghen (Dawson - 24' )
  • 07 Lennon (Townsend - 60' )
  • 42 Bentaleb (Dembélé - 60' )
  • 09 Soldado
  • 21 Chadli
  • 23 Eriksen

Substitutes

  • 17 Townsend
  • 19 Dembélé
  • 20 Dawson
  • 24 Friedel
  • 30 Sandro
  • 37 Kane
  • 62 Winks
Ref: Phil Dowd
Att: 44,762

Match Stats

Shots

11 15

On target

5 4

Corners

5 7

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Liverpool 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00 +3:09 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

90:00 +2:17

Attempt missed. Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

90:00 +1:52

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

90:00 +1:50

Attempt saved. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

90:00 +0:31

Offside, Tottenham Hotspur. Christian Eriksen tries a through ball, but Andros Townsend is caught offside.

90:00 +0:28

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jon Flanagan.

90:00 +0:15

Roberto Soldado went off injured after Tottenham Hotspur had used all subs.

90:00 +0:14

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

89:31

Delay in match Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

88:29

Offside, Liverpool. Jordan Henderson tries a through ball, but Luis Suarez is caught offside.

88:05

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

87:36

Delay in match Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

86:18

Attempt missed. Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high. Assisted by Christian Eriksen with a cross following a corner.

85:59

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

84:56

Attempt missed. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

83:55

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

83:54

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Andros Townsend.

82:54

Offside, Liverpool. Victor Moses tries a through ball, but Daniel Sturridge is caught offside.

82:14 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Victor Moses replaces Raheem Sterling.

81:42

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

81:42

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

81:33

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

80:46

Delay in match Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

80:24

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

80:21

Attempt blocked. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

77:23

Foul by Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

77:23

Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

76:29

Attempt missed. Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

75:58

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Daniel Agger.

75:56

Attempt blocked. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

75:18

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

75:18

Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

74:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) from a free kick with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

73:23

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the left wing.

73:23

Foul by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

72:27

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

71:31

Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

71:31

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

69:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Lucas Leiva replaces Steven Gerrard.

67:17

Attempt saved. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

65:45

Foul by Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

65:45

Hugo Lloris (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

63:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Liverpool. Joe Allen replaces Philippe Coutinho.

62:26

Attempt missed. Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Mousa Dembélé.

59:10 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Mousa Dembélé replaces Nabil Bentaleb.

59:06 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Andros Townsend replaces Aaron Lennon.

58:29

Attempt missed. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left.

56:21

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

56:21

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick on the left wing.

54:49 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 3, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jon Flanagan.

53:06

Attempt missed. Jordan Henderson (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Raheem Sterling.

49:21

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

49:21

Aaron Lennon (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:04

Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:04

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

46:07

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Danny Rose.

45:46 Booking

Booking Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

45:24

Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

45:24

Foul by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur).

45:00

Second Half begins Liverpool 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +2:05 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Liverpool 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

45:00 +0:12

Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

45:00 +0:12

Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

44:35

Attempt missed. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

43:35

Hand ball by Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur).

40:53

Attempt saved. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top left corner. Assisted by Raheem Sterling with a cross.

39:27

Attempt saved. Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top right corner.

37:26

Attempt saved. Nabil Bentaleb (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Nacer Chadli.

33:49

Foul by Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

33:49

Michael Dawson (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

33:08

Attempt missed. Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high from a direct free kick.

32:17 Booking

Booking Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

31:52

Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

31:52

Foul by Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur).

29:02

Glen Johnson (Liverpool) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

29:02

Foul by Younes Kaboul (Tottenham Hotspur).

28:30

Attempt blocked. Kyle Naughton (Tottenham Hotspur) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Gylfi Sigurdsson.

27:39

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

26:48

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Michael Dawson.

25:59

Attempt saved. Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur) header from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

25:57

Attempt blocked. Christian Eriksen (Tottenham Hotspur) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Kyle Naughton.

24:02 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Liverpool 2, Tottenham Hotspur 0. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

23:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tottenham Hotspur. Michael Dawson replaces Jan Vertonghen because of an injury.

22:56

Attempt missed. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right from a direct free kick.

22:31

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

21:28

Delay in match Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur) because of an injury.

20:54

Hand ball by Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham Hotspur).

18:52

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Jan Vertonghen.

17:16

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:16

Foul by Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur).

16:12

Corner, Liverpool. Conceded by Younes Kaboul.

15:02

Attempt missed. Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Luis Suarez.

7:18

Foul by Martin Skrtel (Liverpool).

7:18

Roberto Soldado (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:33

Attempt missed. Luis Suarez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jon Flanagan.

1:37 Goal scored

Goal! Own Goal by Younes Kaboul, Tottenham Hotspur. Liverpool 1, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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