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Premier League

  • September 18, 2011
  • • 8:30 AM
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 36129

Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool: Modric, Defoe and Adebayor on target as Adam and Skrtel red cards sum up dreadful day for Dalglish

Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool: Modric, Defoe and Adebayor on target as Adam and Skrtel red cards sum up dreadful day for Dalglish

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Four goals from Spurs illustrates the sheer control Harry Redknapp's side had as Kenny Dalglish's side imploded with two players sent off.

A dominant display from Tottenham with goals from Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and a brace from Emmanuel Adebayor were way too much to handle for Liverpool. 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, which was never in the running.

The pressure kicked off early with Gareth Bale ghosting down the left wing. He 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 ignite White Hart Lane. The finish was a real thunderbolt and it was just reward for the positivity shown by Tottenham right from the off.

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. The Uruguayan's cool finish seemingly gave Liverpool parity only for referee Mike Jones to call it back for offside. 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. 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.

After the break it was more of the same. Tottenham had all the ball and was 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 fouled the Welsh winger.

With Liverpool now down to nine men the space available to the home side was huge. The extra space was exploited by second half substitute Rafael Van der Vaart. His probing pass to Defoe allowed the England man to run almost unimpeded on goal. The intervention of Enrique could do nothing as Defoe held his man at bay 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 was 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 while Liverpool was down, Adebayor made it two on the final whistle to punctuate a horrible afternoon for Dalglish's side.