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Tottenham Hotspur 0-5 Liverpool

By Alistair MagowanBBC Sport
Jordan Henderson

Luis Suarez scored twice as Liverpool dominated 10-man Tottenham to move second in the Premier League table.

The Uruguayan's 16th goal of the season took him past the total for the whole Spurs side when he found the bottom corner from Jordan Henderson's flick.

Philippe Coutinho hit the bar before the excellent Henderson volleyed in.

Paulinho was then sent off for a high kick on Suarez before goals from Jon Flanagan, Suarez and Raheem Sterling completed Spurs' humiliation.

We could have scored more - Rodgers

Liverpool were without injured skipper Steven Gerrard, who last week joined Daniel Sturridge on the treatment table, but they could have easily scored more as they took control early on and never let it slip against a poor Tottenham team, who did not have a shot on target.

This was Liverpool's first victory in seven visits to White Hart Lane, while Tottenham ended a five-game unbeaten run with another disappointing display in front of their home fans.

Andre Villas-Boas's side have now won just one of their last six matches at White Hart Lane and they must seek to overturn that form if they are to establish themselves as Champions League contenders, let alone fight for the Premier League title.

More prominently, this result will lead to further questions about the Portuguese coach's future having already fielded them after a 6-0 loss at Manchester City last month.

Spurs came up against a Brendan Rodgers side led by the irrepressible Suarez, who took his amazing scoring run to 14 goals in eight Premier League games and 17 overall this season.

But the South American, who was captain for the day, was ably supported by the effervescence of Henderson and Sterling, who tore shreds out of Kyle Naughton before the Spurs left-back was replaced at half-time.

Henderson has had his critics at Anfield but appears to be finding consistent form now and he played his part in the opener after almost being played in by Suarez.

But with Michael Dawson sliding in to intercept, the Premier League's top scorer collected the loose ball, danced around Kyle Walker and slotted into the bottom corner.

Suarez, Coutinho and Glen Johnson all went close to doubling the lead before the half hour, with Nacer Chadli heading over from an isolated Spurs attack, but the visitors went 2-0 up before the break with Sterling involved again.

His raking ball from the right found Coutinho, who touched the ball to the onrushing Henderson. His first shot was saved, but then after Hugo Lloris could only push Suarez's effort up into the air, Henderson volleyed in.

Result my responsibility - Villas-Boas

Roberto Soldado, who retained his place after a midweek hat-trick against Anzhi Makhachkala, then had the ball in the net but referee Jonathan Moss believed the Spaniard fouled Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet after a poor touch by the Belgian.

As the half-time whistle blew boos echoed around White Hart Lane, reflecting a woeful first period for the hosts.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Ezekiel Fryers came on for Naughton but Spurs could not contain Sterling, whose cross was headed against the post by Mamadou Sakho from only two yards out.

And a nightmare afternoon for Spurs continued when Paulinho received his marching orders for a high foot, which connected with Suarez's chest.

A sign of how dominant Liverpool were came when Flanagan smashed in off the bar for his first Liverpool goal, before Suarez chipped in and Sterling steered home a crisp shot.

Liverpool's squad might not be as strong as some of the other title contenders but when they play like this they will not fear upcoming games against Manchester City and Chelsea before the year is out.

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Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 25Lloris
  • 2WalkerBooked at 43mins
  • 16NaughtonSubstituted forFryersat 45'minutes
  • 19DembéléSubstituted forTownsendat 61'minutes
  • 15Capoue
  • 20DawsonBooked at 27mins
  • 7Lennon
  • 30Guimarães CordeiroSubstituted forHoltbyat 30'minutesBooked at 66mins
  • 9Soldado
  • 8PaulinhoBooked at 63mins
  • 21Chadli


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


Formation 4-3-3

  • 22Mignolet
  • 2Johnson
  • 38Flanagan
  • 21LeivaSubstituted forRomero Alconchelat 79'minutes
  • 37Skrtel
  • 17Sakho
  • 24Allen
  • 14Henderson
  • 7Suárez
  • 31Sterling
  • 10CoutinhoSubstituted forMosesat 90'minutes


  • 1Jones
  • 4K Touré
  • 5Agger
  • 6Romero Alconchel
  • 9Iago Aspas
  • 12Moses
  • 34Kelly
Jonathan Moss

Match Stats

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Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Liverpool 5.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Tottenham Hotspur 0, Liverpool 5.

  3. Post update

    Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  4. Post update

    Foul by Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur).

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Victor Moses replaces Philippe Coutinho.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, Liverpool 5. Raheem Sterling (Liverpool) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Suárez with a through ball.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Raheem Sterling (Liverpool).

  8. Post update

    Ezekiel Fryers (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool).

  10. Post update

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

  11. Goal!

    Goal! Tottenham Hotspur 0, Liverpool 4. Luis Suárez (Liverpool) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Luis Alberto with a through ball.

  12. Post update

    Etienne Capoue (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  13. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

  14. Post update

    Foul by Luis Suárez (Liverpool).

  15. Post update

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

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Liverpool. Luis Alberto replaces Lucas Leiva.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Lewis Holtby (Tottenham Hotspur).

  19. Post update

    Foul by Lucas Leiva (Liverpool).

  20. Post update

    Nacer Chadli (Tottenham Hotspur) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

As It Stood

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8Man Utd167452519625
11Aston Villa165471621-519
16West Brom163671722-515
17West Ham163581319-614
18Crystal Palace1641111124-1313
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