Liverpool produced another scintillating Anfield display to dispatch of Tim Sherwood’s side, putting them to within six wins of a maiden Premier League title. Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho starred on an unforgettable day at Anfield.
Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham
Premier League / Anfield / Sunday, 30th March 2014
Goals: Kaboul OG (2), Suarez (25), Coutinho (55), Henderson (76)
Brendan Rodgers made one change to the side that beat Sunderland at Anfield on Wednesday night, bringing in Raheem Sterling for Joe Allen. Steven Gerrard kept his place, despite the lingering threat of suspension.
The Reds got off to yet another blistering start, just as they did in the recent home wins against Everton and Arsenal. With the game barely two minutes old, Raheem Sterling and Glen Johnson linked up down the right, and the latter’s cross was turned into his own net by Younes Kaboul.
A deafening Anfield roared the hosts on, and the lead was doubled midway through the first-half. Poor work from Michael Dawson and Kaboul allowed Luis Suarez in on goal, and the 27-year-old produced a clinical finish to put Liverpool 2-0 up. It was the 29th goal of a sensational season for the Uruguayan.
He almost got his second soon after, but Hugo Lloris produced a fabulous save to keep out his header from Sterling’s cross. Spurs rarely threatened, although Christian Eriksen and Nabil Bentaleb did at least see efforts on goal blocked by Martin Skrtel and saved by Simon Mignolet, respectively.
2-0 was more than deserved at the interval.
The second-half started as brilliantly as the first, as Philippe Coutinho, magnificent again, fired in his first Anfield goal of the season from the edge of the box after great work from Jon Flanagan. It all but put the game to bed as a contest, and allowed Rodgers to substitute the likes of Coutinho and Gerrard early.
With 14 minutes remaining, Jordan Henderson‘s free-kick from out wide went straight into the net, as the Reds ran riot against one of their rivals yet again. They managed to see the remainder of the game out in second gear, ensuring they top the Premier League table for the first time since Christmas.
It’s time to believe!
The inclusion of Sterling was an inspired choice by Rodgers, who clearly realised Spurs were there for the taking defensively. The constant pressing and speed of Liverpool’s play was, as has been the case in 2014, an absolute joy to watch.
If the Reds win their last six league games- they have a great chance if they keep playing like they are- the title will be theirs on May 11th.
Liverpool: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Gerrard (c) (Lucas ’70), Henderson, Coutinho (Allen ’64), Sterling (Moses ’83), Sturridge, Suarez.
Subs not used: Jones, Sakho, Cissokho, Aspas.
Tottenham: Lloris, Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen (Dawson ’24), Rose, Bentaleb (Dembele ’60), Sigurdsson, Chadli, Eriksen, Lennon (Townsend ’60), Soldado
Subs not used: Friedel, Sandro, Winks, Kane
Referee: Phil Dowd