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November 28, 2012 8:45 PM WAT
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ P. Dowd‎
Attendance:‬ 36162‎
 
Gareth Bale 72′ (OG)
16′ Gareth Bale
 
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Tottenham 2-1 Liverpool

Gareth Bale scored and assisted in a fantastic opening 30 minutes before inadvertently netting an own goal as the Reds turned the tide and posed serious questions of Spurs

By Jay Jaffa at White Hart Lane

  • Hugo Lloris
    14
    8
    3.00

    Hugo Lloris

    Made a good early save from Suarez's sidefooted effort before dropping his standards and looking decidedly unsure. He flapped at a corner before flying out of his box needlessly and almost gifting Liverpool an equaliser. Caught out by Gerrard's deep header for the Liverpool goal but otherwise reacted well to balls in behind and pounced on anything loose.

  • Jan Vertonghen
    11
    4
    3.00

    Jan Vertonghen

    Won a lot of tackles in a good duel against Sterling but often looked out of position in his unfavoured left-back role. Got forward when he could but frequently fades towards the end of matches.

  • William Gallas
    5
    13
    1.50

    William Gallas

    Never looked comfortable, as has been the case this season as he skittered around the backline like a frightened deer. Was lucky to watch Dawson's deflected clearance fly over his own bar. Never inspired confidence and perhaps should have conceded a penalty towards the end of the game.

  • Michael Dawson
    6
    6
    2.00

    Michael Dawson

    Looked the more steady of the centre-backs (just) but will feel relieved to see his clearance deflect off Gallas and over the crossbar rather than under it. His passing was erratic and although he dominates aerially, he looked unsure on the deck.

  • Kyle Walker
    10
    5
    3.00

    Kyle Walker

    Has experienced something of a revival recently as confidence flows back and although his covering touch away from Jose Enrique inadvertently set up Henderson for what should have been the equaliser, it would be harsh to blame him for what was initially good defending. Produced more of the same as he hooked Suarez's shot off the line.

  • Aaron Lennon
    13
    4
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    In the right place at the right time to tap home Bale's superb cross but wasn't as involved as he needs to be to threaten in matches. Was unfortunate to see his goalline clearance fly back off Bale and in.

  • Gareth Bale
    22
    10
    4.00

    Gareth Bale Top of the Match

    Fired the first shot on target of the match as his dipping free kick required Reina to beat away from goal. Then embarked on a trademark run down the left flank, beating Johnson and Gerrard before crossing to the waiting Lennon for the opener. Stepped up for a 25-yard free kick and used his newly honed Ronaldo-esque technique to wrong-foot Reina for Spurs' second. Had an irrepressible opening 30 minutes. Smashed a later free kick just a yard wide of Reina's post before finding his face in the way of Lennon's clearance to haplessly score an own goal. Booked for diving when replays showed it was a foul.

  • Mousa Dembélé
    14
    6
    2.50

    Mousa Dembélé

    Made his first start since injury and slotted neatly back in alongside Sandro. Was fortunate not to concede a penalty as he clumsily bundled Gerrard over in the area. Passing was a little bit off but often made up for it by winning the ball back on numerous occasions. Later went off for Huddlestone.

  • Sandro
    8
    6
    3.00

    Sandro

    Battled hard in a midfield that was often overrun by Liverpool. Did get forward as best he could but didn't look as effective as he usually is.

  • Clint Dempsey
    10
    9
    3.00

    Clint Dempsey

    Won the free kick for Bale's goal but perhaps fell a touch too softly under Henderson's pressure. Stole a chance off Defoe that he sliced wide but persevered behind the Spurs frontman. He played with the assurance of a man who has begun to find his feet at White Hart Lane. Was subbed on the 63rd minute.

  • Jermain Defoe
    7
    6
    2.00

    Jermain Defoe

    Cut a forlorn figure at times up front as he was well shackled by Skrtel and Agger. The one clear opportunity he did have he saw stolen off his toes by Dempsey and wasted. Peripheral.

Substitutions

  • Tom Huddlestone
    5
    7

    Tom Huddlestone

    Late sub for Dembele.

  • Gylfi Sigurdsson
    6
    8
    3.00

    Gylfi Sigurdsson

    A 63rd minute sub for Dempsey and battled as you would hope from a substitute. Had one shot saved by Reina.

  • Pepe Reina
    5
    18
    2.50

    Pepe Reina

    Could do little about the opener but was outfoxed by Bale's free-kick. It remains up for debate whether it was deflected or not, but he was flat-footed and helpless as it flew by him. More or less a passenger in the second half aside from a fantastic Bale free kick that just flew wide of his left-hand post.

  • Glen Johnson
    14
    8
    3.00

    Glen Johnson

    Gifted Spurs possession and then missed his tackle in the build-up to the home side's opener. Caused problems going forward, though, and was a threat inside the box without ever troubling Lloris.

  • José Enrique
    27
    4
    3.50

    José Enrique

    Played left-wing and looked the Reds' most threatening player in the first half. Saw his shot on the turn saved by Lloris but also delivered a number of troubling crosses. Booked late on for a foul on Lennon but can be pleased with another productive performance.

  • Daniel Agger
    27
    4
    3.50

    Daniel Agger

    The more reliable of the Liverpool centre-backs. He was competitive in the air and always looking to take the ball to feet and initiate moves. Did excellently in the box to keep a chance alive and provide Suarez with a golden chance.

  • Martin Skrtel
    17
    7
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    Did his best to stick tight to Defoe and largely kept the in-form striker quiet. Was booked for a terrible tackle on Dempsey as Spurs broke. Perhaps could have done more to prevent Bale's cross for the opener.

  • Steven Gerrard
    19
    10
    3.00

    Steven Gerrard

    Extremely unlucky not to get a penalty in the first half as he was bundled over by Dembele. Wasn't at his prominent best in a deeper role but kept his side ticking over as they squeezed Tottenham. His header across the goal led to their first goal.

  • Jordan Henderson
    4
    38
    1.00

    Jordan Henderson Flop of the Match

    Had a horror two minute spell where he somehow contrived to skew a shot wide from the edge of the box with just an open goal in front of him, before fouling Dempsey on the edge of the box for Bale's goal. May have even deflected Bale's shot past Reina. Didn't get on the ball enough and was wasteful as well. Subbed for Shelvey.

  • Stewart Downing
    3
    30
    1.50

    Stewart Downing

    Played at left-back and predictably was found wanting. Lost Lennon in the box for the opener and looked unsteady with the ball at his feet. Was one of the few in red to concede possession during his time on the pitch. Replaced by Assaidi.

  • Joe Allen
    10
    14
    3.00

    Joe Allen

    Was a little over enthusiastic with some of his challenges, letting Spurs off the hook but was as reliable as ever on the ball, keeping the Liverpool midfield bounding forwards.

  • Raheem Sterling
    19
    9
    3.50

    Raheem Sterling

    Didn't have a huge impact in the first half but came into his own in the second as Vertonghen tired. Was Liverpool's most persistent threat bar Suarez and won numerous corners from his incisive running.

  • Luis Suárez
    29
    4
    3.50

    Luis Suárez

    Linked well with Henderson just after the goal and fired a goalbound effort from the edge of the box that was well saved by Lloris. Was unfortunate to see his shot cleared off the line before being guilty of smashing a volley from 12 yards over; his best chance. Was a constant thorn in Spurs' side and was unlucky not to receive a penalty from Gallas' foul - will ensure the Frenchman has nightmares tonight.

Substitutions

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    15
    4
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    Came on for Henderson with 30 minutes to play and delivered the telling corner that brought his side back into the game.

  • Oussama Assaidi
    7
    12
    2.50

    Oussama Assaidi

    Came on for the disappointing Downing but struggled to make an impact.

Results
 
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