The Spaniard vowed that he wanted to stay at Liverpool this week and delivered a performance justifying why the news was greeted with such enthusiasm on Merseyside. Could do little to stop Van der Vaart's opener, with it having taken an innocuous deflection off Lucas' boot to loop it over the Spaniard.
Helped sweep up any balls that had sneaked through the Liverpool midfield, ensuring he was first to every ball that came his way. Led by example and was typically solid.
May have been unfortunate to have conceded a penalty but the youngster's barge on Pienaar was a sign of his inexperience. Flew up the right wing to trouble Danny Rose but lacked a dangerous final product. Was left exposed by Kuyt.
The England man was fantastic away to Fulham on Monday and was imperious once again at Anfield, hardly giving Lennon an inch and proving dominant in the air.
Was tormented by Peter Crouch for much of the game, with the England striker using his height to his full advantage to leave the Slovakian struggling to compete in the air but the defender settled and was far more solid in the second 45 minutes.
Tried to dictate the pace of the game from the middle but was thwarted by Sandro in the first half. Took control in the second and linked up well with Maxi Rodriguez as the in-form Argentinean looked to break down the flank.
With seven goals in his three previous games, nobody came into today’s game in a vein of form as rich as the Argentinean and his confidence was apparent from the off, getting stuck in with a fine slide on Sandro on the 7th minute. Could have been booked for going to ground very easily late on in the first half.
Fluffed his lines on the 35th minute, dragging an effort well wide when he really should have done better and struggled to escape the breaches of Sandro who was full of energy throughout. Timed his runs well but did little with the ball.
Made his first start since the Reds dramatic late draw at Arsenal in April and looked rusty for much of the first half, failing to get his foot on the ball and link with Suarez. Missed a sitter with his head just before half time, heading over when it would have been easier to score. Replaced late on after a disappointing performance.
Hit a superb dinked cross on to the head of Andy Carroll, only for the £35 million signing to put it way over. Lacked his usual energy in the first half and did little trouble the youngster Rose in the second.
Booked on the 20th minute for stupidly kicking out at Dawson, seemingly frustrated at a fruitless start to the game. Struggled to use his pace against the England defender to great effect and was frustrated to see a free-kick fly wide in first half injury time.
Harry Redknapp has insisted that Heurelho Gomes will be his No.1 next season but won't have harmed his reputation in the eyes of the former Portsmouth boss, looking calm from set pieces and sharp as the ball entered the box.
Left Dawson exposed on occasion by allowing himself to be stretched out of position by Maxi but rarely missed a tackle and worked hard to quell the threat of the dangerous Shelvey following his second half introduction.
The youngster was superb against Manchester City and once again came up with a performance that belied his relatively tender years, dealing with the constant threat of Dirk Kuyt well. Was helped by the hard-working Pienaar.
Returned to first team action for the first time since October and settled remarkably well considering. Took no time at all in renewing his partnership with Dawson, with both players working in tandem to frustrate Luis Suarez.
Was superb at the heart of the Tottenham defence, disposing of Suarez on the 20th minute to frustrate the out of sorts Uruguayan and clearing his lines with a potentially goal-saving diving header only five minutes later.
Has been Tottenham’s best player in recent weeks and was as solid as ever once again, not allowing Spearing and Lucas an inch in the middle. Never stopped running in an all action performance
Struggled to get the better of Glen Johnson, with the imposing left-back proving as solid as has become customary since his recent switch to left back but Lennon linked up well with his midfielders, Modric in particular, as Spurs looked to pick the Reds defence apart.
Worked incredibly hard in tracking both Kuyt and Flanagan and moved dangerously in from the left when Spurs looked to counter attack. Went missing on occasion as the game played out in the middle but won Spurs a penalty and the South African will be proud of his efforts.
R. van der Vaart
Started well, delivering a dangerous ball from the right and seeing a 20-yard effort fly wide within the opening six minutes and then built on it to give his side the lead on the ninth, looping a wonderful volley over Pepe Reina from outside the box having controlled it on his chest. Went off early in the second half with a knock.
Was wonderful to watch from the off, finding space in between Liverpool's midfield and defence. Given all the time in the world to control the game from the middle and deserved his goal from the spot. Flawless from the Croatian.
Endured a nightmare game at Eastlands on Tuesday but started at Anfield superbly, troubling Carragher and Skrtel in the air. Linked up wonderfully with Van der Vaart early in the second half and will have exorcised his own goal ghost from earlier in the week.
- P. Gulácsi
- 16 S. Kyrgiakos
- 49 J. Robinson
Nearly made an instant impact after being brought on just after the hour mark with a rasping effort from 25 yards out but saw it fly wide of Cudicini's left-hand post. Provided some much-needed energy to an otherwise stolid midfield.
- 28 C. Poulsen
Brought on with next to no time left but was a willing runner and looked to create from outside the box.
Replaced Maxi with quarter of an hour to go but had little effect.
- 37 S. Pletikosa
Came on late on sure up the Spurs defence but hardly got a sniff.
An injury time substitute for Spurs but did little of note.
- 29 J. Livermore
- 41 J. Bostock
Replaced Van der Vaart early in the second and used his pace to stretch the Liverpool defence. Moved very well in and around the box.
- 9 R. Pavlyuchenko