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Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Luis Suarez

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.

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.

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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.

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.

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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."

Line-ups

Liverpool

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Johnson
  • 38Flanagan
  • 8GerrardSubstituted forLucasat 70'minutes
  • 37Skrtel
  • 5Agger
  • 14Henderson
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forAllenat 64'minutes
  • 15Sturridge
  • 31SterlingSubstituted forMosesat 83'minutes
  • 7Suarez

Substitutes

  • 1Jones
  • 9Iago Aspas
  • 12Moses
  • 17Sakho
  • 20Cissokho
  • 21Lucas
  • 24Allen

Tottenham

  • 25Lloris
  • 16Naughton
  • 3Rose
  • 22SigurdssonBooked at 46mins
  • 4KaboulBooked at 33mins
  • 5VertonghenSubstituted forDawsonat 24'minutes
  • 7LennonSubstituted forTownsendat 60'minutes
  • 42BentalebSubstituted forDembéléat 60'minutes
  • 9Soldado
  • 21Chadli
  • 23Eriksen

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamLiverpoolAway TeamTottenham
Possession
Home59%
Away41%
Shots
Home11
Away15
Shots on Target
Home5
Away4
Corners
Home5
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Liverpool 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Liverpool 4, Tottenham Hotspur 0.

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.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Simon Mignolet.

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

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

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Jon Flanagan.

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

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.

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Martin Skrtel.

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

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

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

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

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Victor Moses replaces Raheem Sterling.

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

Foul by Mousa Dembélé (Tottenham Hotspur).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

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

Foul by Luis Suarez (Liverpool).

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

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

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Daniel Agger.

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

Foul by Jordan Henderson (Liverpool).

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

Goal!

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

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

Foul by Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur).

Corner, Tottenham Hotspur. Conceded by Lucas Leiva.

Foul by Glen Johnson (Liverpool).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Liverpool. Lucas Leiva replaces Steven Gerrard.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLGDPts
1Liverpool3222554971
2Chelsea3221653869
3Man City3021455267
4Arsenal3219761964
5Everton3117951860
6Tottenham3217510-456
7Man Utd32166101454
8Southampton3213910948
9Newcastle3214414-946
10Stoke32101012-840
11West Ham319715-734
12Aston Villa319715-1234
13Swansea328915-333
14Hull329617-733
15Norwich328816-2532
16Crystal Palace319418-1931
17West Brom3151412-1229
18Cardiff326818-3226
19Sunderland296716-1925
20Fulham327322-4224
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