Monday, 16 December 2020
Tottenham Beaten 5 - 0 by Liverpool
Andre Villas-Boas is once again feeling the heat of the spotlight after ten-man Tottenham were well beaten by Liverpool at White Hart Lane.
Luis Suarez’s brace was the highlight as the Reds romped to a 5-0 victory, with the three points lifting Brendan Rodgers’ men up to second place - just two points behind Premier League leaders Arsenal.
Liverpool were taking to the field for the first time without Steven Gerrard, who is facing up to four weeks out with a hamstring injury, but the Reds were flying despite their talisman's absence.
On paper, the Spurs midfield four looked like they would come out trumps in a crucial home clash, but with Tottenham having to bring off Sandro after 30 minutes due to injury, Jordan Henderson, Lucas and Joe Allen ruled the middle of the pitch with ease.
Villas-Boas was also once again forced to field a makeshift defence which saw midfielder Etienne Capoue pushed into the back-four, and they struggled to contain the pace of Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Raheem Sterling throughout the game.
After a lively start, Suarez - who donned the skipper's armband in Gerrard's absence - duly opened the scoring after 18 minutes, the Uruguayan slotting in from inside the box to beat the onrushing Hugo Lloris after great work from Henderson.
Even at full strength Spurs looked clueless and were unable to keep the visitors at bay, and Liverpool shortly doubled their lead when Henderson tucked away a nice volley on the second attempt after a brilliant double save from Lloris.
Tottenham’s heads had already dropped at this point, but they did well to keep the score at 2-0 at half-time, with Suarez and Henderson forcing Lloris to make some smart saves.
Things did pick up for the home side as half-time approached, with Nacer Chadli and Roberto Soldado going close with close-range headers, but overall Tottenham never really worried Simon Mignolet in the Liverpool net.
Spurs were brighter for a spell after the re-start, with Chadli, Aaron Lennon and substitute Andros Townsend driving down the wings as they attempted to muster a comeback, but the wide men failed to find their mark in the final third.
Villas-Boas’ hopes faded quickly when summer signing Paulinho was shown a straight red card after his trailing high foot landed squarely on Suarez’s chest, and they were wiped out completely when young full-back Jon Flanagan gave Liverpool a third goal with a cracking finish from inside the box.
Liverpool’s confidence was clear, and following Tottenham’s notorious 6-0 defeat to Manchester City a few weeks ago, there were fears the home side could surrender to another monster defeat.
And those fears were realised when Suarez completed his brace in fine style with the deftest of chips over Lloris from outside the box, while starlet Sterling, who played for a rare 90 minutes, wrapped it up with the fifth in the closing stages.