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

Liverpool 0-2 Tottenham: Van der Vaart & Modric silence the Dalglish revolution as Spurs leapfrog Reds into fifth

European football on the cards for White Hart Lane again as visitors earn victory which gives them the upper hand in race for fifth, and leaves Reds with slim hopes of Europe.

By Steve Hewlett

EPL,Michael Dawson, Luis Suarez,Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur
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Tottenham have put themselves into the driving seat for Europa League qualification as they defeated Liverpool at Anfield with goals from Rafael van der Vaart and a controversial penalty which was scored by Luka Modric. The result sees Harry Redknapp’s side move above Liverpool into fifth in the Premier League and means they go into the final round of games next Sunday with the advantage in the race for European football next season.

Spurs scored in both halves of a game which frustrated the Anfield faithful and put the brakes on the Dalglish led revival. The result is the perfect pick-me-up for Spurs after the defeat to FA Cup winners Manchester City last Tuesday killed off their hopes of a second consecutive campaign in the Champions League.

The opposite can be said of Liverpool who, after scoring five past Fulham in their last outing, were kept at bay by the visitors from north London.

Anfield is a bogey ground for Tottenham. Their last victory was way back in 1998 when they won a League cup game 3-1. The current groups of Spurs players would be unaware of this fact and these doubts were quickly expelled as the visitors found themselves in the lead in under 10 minutes. A Modric corner was cleared from the danger area where van der Vaart picked up the loose ball and let rip with a powerful lob which flew beyond Pepe Reina and into the top left of the Liverpool net. An excellent start for any team away from home.


Mod rocks Reds | Luka's penalty seals win and puts Spurs on brink of Europe

The first half produced very little for the Liverpool fans to cheer. The Reds struggled to build any tempo in their attacks and weren’t helped by referee Howard Webb. The World Cup final ref made a number of calls which infuriated Anfield. One of note was the decision to book Luis Suarez after the striker kicked out with petulance at Tottenham captain Michael Dawson. The Uruguayan challenged the centre-half and felt Dawson fell too easily and responded with a gentle kick which Webb punished with yellow.

It was hard to believe that this was the same Liverpool outfit which that scored at will against Fulham on Monday evening and Kenny Dalglish was visibly frustrated on the bench at what was playing out on the rain sodden pitch.

Liverpool did improve as the half progressed and began to establish an impact on affairs with chances finally starting to materialise. Young Jay Spearing saw his shot from within the box fly wide right but the best opportunity to level the score fell to Andy Carroll. An overlapping run from the defender, Martin Skrtel was finished with a looping cross to the far post where an unmarked Carroll headed over. The £35million man held his pony-tailed head in his hands as he failed to even hit the target from such close range.

Carroll’s slaloming run at the end of the half was halted by Sandro and the resulting free-kick by Suarez, which flew narrowly wide was the last of the half and gave the Reds confidence that parity was within touching distance as they returned to the dressing rooms.

The second half begun as the first did, with an early Tottenham goal. A jinking run from Steven Pienaar was abruptly stopped when John Flanangan shoulder charged the former Everton winger and he tumbled to the turf. At first sight it appeared to be a harsh penalty as Flanagan was side-by-side with the South African when he made the challenge. Regardless, Webb pointed to the spot and Modric hammered home to double the lead. The mood in Anfield turned even more sour.

Tottenham didn’t have everything their own way though as goalscorer van der Vaart limped off to be replaced by Jermain Defoe. Not what Redknapp would have wanted going into next Sunday.

The game continued in much the same fashion, a great deal of huff and puff from Liverpool but no real sense that the goal would ever come. Tottenham were content to hold up the ball and play for time.

Both sides enter the final round of games next week with everything to play for. Liverpool travel to former manager, Gerard Houllier's Aston Villa hoping for a favour from their ex-boss. Spurs, meanwhile, host Birmingham City, who themselves need the points in the battle against the drop to the Championship. An interesting week awaits.

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Liverpool

25
Pepe Reina
Goalkeeper
3.00
38
Jon Flanagan
Defender
70′
3.00
23
Jamie Carragher
Defender
3.50
37
Martin Skrtel
Defender
3.00
2
Glen Johnson
Defender
3.50
21
Lucas Leiva
Midfielder
3.00
20
Jay Spearing
Midfielder
64′
2.50
11
Maxi Rodríguez
Midfielder
75′
3.00
11
Dirk Kuyt
Midfielder
3.00
7
Luis Suárez
Striker
20′
3.00
9
Andy Carroll
Striker
89′
2.50

Tottenham

3.00
23
Carlo Cudicini
Goalkeeper
3.00
4
4.00
20
3.50
20
Ledley King
Defender
3.50
3
Danny Rose
Midfielder
83′
3.00
7
Aaron Lennon
Midfielder
4.00
19
Luka Modric
Midfielder
56′
3.50
30
Sandro
Midfielder
46′
3.50
22
Steven Pienaar
Midfielder
56′ 90′
3.50
23
3.50
25

Substitutes

42
Peter Gulacsi
Goalkeeper
0.00
16
0.00
49
Jack Robinson
Midfielder
0.00
26
Joe Cole
Midfielder
89′
0.00
5
0.00
8
Jonjo Shelvey
Midfielder
64′
3.00
54
David Ngog
Striker
75′
0.00

Substitutes

0.00
-
0.00
5
S. Bassong
Defender
83′
0.00
21
Niko Kranjcar
Midfielder
90′
0.00
14
Jake Livermore
Midfielder
0.00
-
John Bostock
Midfielder
0.00
9
3.00
18

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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
Manchester City
18 6
Wayne Rooney Wayne Rooney
Striker
Man Utd.
15 2
Sergio Agüero Sergio Agüero
Striker
Manchester City
15 0