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Played
December 15, 2013 11:00 AM EST
White Hart Lane — London
Referee:‬ J. Moss‎
Attendance:‬ 36069‎
 
 
Luis Suárez 18′
 
 
Jon Flanagan 75′
 
Luis Suárez 84′
 
Top of the Match
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Liverpool
Luis Suárez
Luis Suárez
Liverpool
Flop of the Match
Kyle Naughton
Kyle Naughton
Tottenham
Paulinho
Paulinho
Tottenham

Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool: Suarez tears sorry Spurs asunder

The Uruguayan netted twice to bring his goal tally for the season to 17 goals in just 11 Premier League games, as the Reds closed the gap on table-toppers Arsenal to two points.

Liverpool moved back into second in the Premier League, two points behind Arsenal, with a 5-0 thrashing of 10-man Tottenham.

Stand-in captain Luis Suarez scored twice as Liverpool piled extra pressure on Tottenham head coach Andre Villas-Boas with a dominant display.

Suarez, who now has 17 goals in 11 league outings this season, opened the scoring after excellent work from Jordan Henderson, and the midfielder doubled Liverpool's lead just before the break.

An out-of-sorts Tottenham struggled to pose any attacking threat and saw its hopes of fighting back take a blow when Paulinho was sent off in the 63rd minute for a high tackle on Suarez.

The visitors made the most of their advantage, adding further goals from Jon Flanagan, Suarez and Raheem Sterling.

Liverpool's 10th win of the season sees it leapfrog Everton, Chelsea and Manchester City in the table, while Tottenham remains seventh, eight points off top spot.

The hosts made two changes from their previous Premier League match, with Sandro and Roberto Soldado returning, while Lucas replaced Steven Gerrard (hamstring) in the only alteration to Liverpool's team.

Brendan Rodgers' side began the game well and took the lead in the 19th minute as Suarez punished some lax Tottenham defending.

Henderson dispossessed Michael Dawson inside the penalty area and the ball fell into the path of Suarez, who dodged gloriously past Kyle Walker and fired low under Hugo Lloris.

Tottenham were struggling to create anything and nearly fell two goals behind in the 28th minute as Philippe Coutinho hit the crossbar.

Nacer Chadli and substitute Lewis Holtby, who replaced the injured Sandro, wasted good chances for the hosts before Liverpool claimed a second goal before the break.

Lloris did well to deny Henderson and Suarez in quick succession, but the second save merely provided the England midfielder with a second opportunity, which he accepted with a well-placed volley from 10 yards.

Mamadou Sakho nearly gave Liverpool a great start to the second half as he met a Raheem Sterling cross at the back post, but his header hit the post and Martin Skrtel was unable to convert the rebound.

Despite gaining more possession Tottenham's task was made a lot harder just after the hour as Paulinho saw red for catching Suarez in the chest with a wayward right boot.

Flanagan thundered home his first league goal for the club, lashing into the top-right corner after Henderson's clever backheel had given Suarez the opportunity to cross.

There was still time for Suarez to find the net again with a nonchalant lob and the Uruguayan then set up Sterling for Liverpool's fifth in the 89th minute.

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Tottenham

25
Hugo Lloris
Goalkeeper
3.00
2
Kyle Walker
Defender
43′
2.50
16
Kyle Naughton
Defender
46′
1.00
20
Michael Dawson
Defender
27′
1.00
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
2.00
8
Paulinho
Midfielder
63′
2.00
15
Etienne Capoue
Midfielder
1.50
19
Mousa Dembélé
Midfielder
60′
2.00
21
Nacer Chadli
Midfielder
2.50
30
Sandro
Midfielder
30′
2.00
9
1.50

Liverpool

3.00
22
Simon Mignolet
Goalkeeper
3.50
2
3.50
17
Mamadou Sakho
Midfielder
3.00
37
4.00
38
3.50
10
Coutinho
Midfielder
90′
4.50
14
3.50
21
Lucas Leiva
Midfielder
79′
3.50
24
Joe Allen
Midfielder
4.00
31
5.00
7

Substitutes

24
Brad Friedel
Goalkeeper
 - 
35
2.50
10
Lewis Holtby
Midfielder
30′ 66′
3.00
17
2.50
22
 - 
11
Erik Lamela
Midfielder
 - 
18
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
1
Bradley Jones
Goalkeeper
 - 
4
Kolo Toure
Defender
 - 
5
 - 
34
 - 
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
90′
3.00
6
Luis Alberto
Midfielder
79′ 84′
 - 
9
Iago Aspas
Striker

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Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
30 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Man City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man United
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Man City
15 0