Four goals from Spurs illustrates the sheer control Harry Redknapp's side had as Kenny Dalglish could do little as his side imploded in a horrific show from Merseyside outfitA totally dominant display from Tottenham with goals from Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor were way too much for Liverpool as the visitors had Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel sent off in a game which the home side controlled from start to finish.
Tottenham erased any memories of the drubbing to Manchester City and dealt out the misery to Kenny Dalglish's side who where never in the running.
Adebayor and Scott Parker were making their home league debuts and couldn't have asked fro more as the difference between the two teams was huge.
The home side had set themselves up to get at Liverpool right from the whistle. Emmanuel Adebayor - making his home debut for Tottenham - could have banished any memories of his Highbury days when his effort after 4 minutes spilled wide left of the Liverpool goal. The move was instigated by the Togolese man and involved Niko Kranjcar but the final touch was wayward.
The pressure continued with Gareth Bale ghosting down the left wing which found Jermain Defoe, whose clever control allowed Modric to steam in and smash the ball into the far corner of Pepe Reina’s net and ignited White Hart Lane. The finish was a real thunderbolt and it was just reward for the positivity shown by Tottenham right from the off.
Liverpool showed no response to going behind and the Croat was causing mayhem again as he hit a low shot across the goal forcing Reina to dive low to his left to keep the scoreline the same.
Kenny Dalglish was growing more and more restless on the sidelines as shambolic defensive positioning was the catalyst for sustained Tottenham threats.
A surprise break in the one-way nature of the game came when Kyle Walker’s error allowed Andy Carroll to play through to strike partner Luis Suarez whose cool finish seemingly gave Liverpool parity only for referee Mike Jones, to call it back for offside against the Uruguayan. Television replays were clear in showing the right decision was made.
The problems continued to mount up for the visitors as Daniel Agger was brought off with an obviously bad injury and replaced by new recruit Sebastian Coates, but worse was to come as Charlie Adam, who was already on a yellow, went in high for a 50/50 ball with Scott Parker and only made contact with Parker’s thigh. The Scot knew his fate immediately and the second yellow card was swiftly shown. From here any gameplan Dalglish had was discarded with a first choice defender on the physio’s table and his playmaker in the showers.
Liverpool could have been plunged deeper into the mire when another bombastic run from Adebayor was halted by Coates on the edge of the area. Yellow was shown once more but it could have been red, only the presence of Jose Enrique prevented that outcome.
Liverpool limped towards half-time and another booking, this time for Suarez for sarcastically applauding when a decision went Liverpool’s way, proved Murphy’s Law was in effect as everything that could wrong was doing so, but the deficit, despite the dominance of Tottenham was still only a single goal.
After the break it was more of the same. Tottenham had all the ball and were in total control of the game and this advantage was reinforced when yet another yellow card was enough to see Martin Skrtel dismissed. Skrtel had been chasing Bale all afternoon and frustration took over as he clearly fould the Welsh winger.
With Liverpool now down to nine men the space available to the home side was huge. Each Liverpool man now had vast expanses of greenery to cover and this mammoth task was exploited by second half substitute Rafael Van der Vaart as his probing forward pass to Defoe allowed the England man to run almost unimpeded on goal. The intervention of Enrique could do nothing as Defoe lost his man and slotted home to kill off any chance Liverpool had.
The dam had now been tapped and Adebayor endeared himself to White Hart Lane a little more when a mistake from Pepe Reina allowed the former Manchester City striker to make the lead three.
From there, Tottenham were happy to knock the ball around knowing that the nine red shirts could do little about it and the three points were safely in the bank. But as a last kick whilst Liverpool where down, Adebayor made it two on the final whistle to punctuate a horrible day for Dalglish's side.
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