Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur: Final score 4-0, Reds issue thrashing to go top

Alex Livesey

That... that was just sad.

What were you expecting from this match? Two hyper-aggressive teams went at it at Anfield, and the better side came out on top. By a lot.

Liverpool went ahead in the second minute thanks to a comical Younes Kaboul own goal. Glen Johnson was set free on the right via a simple overlap, and his low cross went skimming through the six-yard box until it was met by a lovely finish from the centre half, who rather sheepishly backheeled it into his own net.

It was mostly one-way traffic from then on. Another error from Kaboul nearly let Luis Suarez in; Daniel Sturridge just missed connecting with the Uruguay star's cross minutes later. Another goal was coming, and Spurs once more proved their own undoing when the combination of Kaboul and Michael Dawson failed to cut out a simple ball, allowing Suarez to pick up possession behind the line and sweep a shot past Hugo Lloris.

The scoreline could easily have gotten worse for the visitors even more quickly than it actually did. Lloris pulled off a spectacular stop to deny Suarez from a header, pushing the effort onto the crossbar and away, while just after the break Jordan Henderson contrived to miss an open goal after good interplay between Sturridge and Raheem Sterling. But the third goal was coming nonetheless, and when Philippe Coutinho rolled home a neat effort from outside the box to finish off the match, Tottenham's response was once of acceptance rather than dejection.

A bouncing free kick from Henderson made it four, and from then on Liverpool were content to see out the match. And why not? They are, after all, top of the league, and with both Manchester City and Chelsea coming to Anfield, their destiny is very much in their own hands.

Liverpool starting lineup (4-3-3): Simon Mignolet; John Flanagan, Daniel Agger, Martin Skrtel, Glen Johnson; Steven Gerrard (Lucas Leiva 70'), Philippe Coutinho (Joe Allen 64'), Jordan Henderson; Luis Suarez, Daniel Sturridge, Raheem Sterling (Victor Moses 83').

Goals: Kaboul og 2', Suarez 25', Coutinho 55, Henderson 75''.

Tottenham Hotspur starting lineup (4-2-3-1): Hugo Lloris; Danny Rose, Jan Vertonghen (Michael Dawson 24'), Younes Kaboul, Kyle Naughton; Gylfi Sigurdsson, Nabil Bentaleb (Mousa Dembele 60'); Christian Eriksen, Nacer Chadli, Aaron Lennon (Andros Townsend 60'); Roberto Soldado.

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