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May 15, 2011 4:00 PM BST
Anfield — Liverpool
Referee:‬ H. Webb‎
Attendance:‬ 44893‎
 
 
 
Luka Modric 56′ (PG)
   
 
 

Player Ratings: Liverpool 0-2 Tottenham

A first half volley from Rafael Van der Vaart and a Modric penalty in the second was enough to put Spurs in the driving seat for a Europa League spot next season

By Jonathan Birchall at Anfield

  • Pepe Reina
    47
    7
    3.00

    Pepe Reina

    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.

  • Jon Flanagan
    57
    21
    3.00

    Jon Flanagan

    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.

  • Jamie Carragher
    65
    12
    3.50

    Jamie Carragher

    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.

  • Martin Skrtel
    48
    19
    3.00

    Martin Skrtel

    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.

  • Glen Johnson
    57
    10
    3.50

    Glen Johnson

    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.

  • Lucas Leiva
    28
    25
    3.00

    Lucas Leiva

    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.

  • Jay Spearing
    19
    52
    2.50

    Jay Spearing

    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.

  • Maxi Rodríguez
    40
    22
    3.00

    Maxi Rodríguez

    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.

  • Dirk Kuyt
    45
    14
    3.00

    Dirk Kuyt

    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.

  • Luis Suárez
    80
    19
    3.00

    Luis Suárez

    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.

  • Andy Carroll
    44
    79
    2.50

    Andy Carroll Flop of the Match

    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.

Substitutions

  • Joe Cole
    28
    17
    0.00

    Joe Cole

    Brought on with next to no time left but was a willing runner and looked to create from outside the box.

  • Jonjo Shelvey
    59
    12
    3.00

    Jonjo Shelvey

    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.

  • David Ngog
    22
    25
    0.00

    David Ngog

    Replaced Maxi with quarter of an hour to go but had little effect.

  • Carlo Cudicini
    30
    7
    3.00

    Carlo Cudicini

    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.

  • Younes Kaboul
    19
    13
    3.00

    Younes Kaboul

    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.

  • Michael Dawson
    79
    10
    4.00

    Michael Dawson

    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.

  • Ledley King
    59
    10
    3.50

    Ledley King

    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.

  • Danny Rose
    47
    10
    3.50

    Danny Rose

    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.

  • Aaron Lennon
    26
    14
    3.00

    Aaron Lennon

    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.

  • Luka Modric
    187
    17
    4.00

    Luka Modric Top of the Match

    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.

  • Sandro
    54
    10
    3.50

    Sandro

    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

  • Steven Pienaar
    37
    26
    3.50

    Steven Pienaar

    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.

  • Rafael van der Vaart
    62
    16
    3.50

    Rafael 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.

  • Peter Crouch
    21
    23
    3.50

    Peter Crouch

    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.

Substitutions

  • S. Bassong
    12
    9
    0.00

    S. Bassong

    Came on late on sure up the Spurs defence but hardly got a sniff.

  • Niko Kranjcar
    40
    7
    0.00

    Niko Kranjcar

    An injury time substitute for Spurs but did little of note.

  • Jermain Defoe
    21
    9
    3.00

    Jermain Defoe

    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.

Results
 
Player Ratings
Tournament
Position
Ranking
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
Luis Suárez Luis Suárez
Striker
Liverpool
29 0
Daniel Sturridge Daniel Sturridge
Striker
Liverpool
20 0
Yaya Touré Yaya Touré
Midfielder
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0