Suarez lifts Liverpool to the top spot
Apr 01, 2014 9:28 AM EST
Liverpool climb back to the top of the Premier League after a strong showing against a dismal Tottenham side. Poor defending and bad passing saw the Spurs let in four goals, after a dominating performance by a Liverpool team that has now won 8 games in a row. Also Liverpool are the only team now to remain undefeated in 2014 after Chelsea's stumble against Crystal Palace.
Liverpool climb to the top of the EPL after a strong performance saw them score 4 against the Spurs
Liverpool kicked off the game with only one thing on their mind. That was to win this game at any cost. The Reds got the perfect start too, as Tottenham were caught napping in the first minute. Sterling brought the ball down the right wing and then almost looked like he was going to lose possession. He managed though to squeeze a pass off to Johnson, who made the overlapping run. Johnson easily got past Eriksen keeping the ball in play. He played a low driven pass across the goal face looking for Daniel Sturridge. Kaboul though was there to cover the pass, but the ball came too quickly at him and it would ricochet off his leg and into the back of his own net.
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1-0 for the Reds and Tim Sherwood watched on as his players were left dumbfounded they conceded so early. Liverpool pressed on and didn't ease up as they pushed forward and looked to double their lead. Suarez had a great opportunity after Sterling picked him out with a brilliant long ball. Though Suarez should have taken it first time but as he tried to bring it back onto his right foot, Kaboul would get there in time to stop the striker from scoring. Tottenham struggled to get any momentum going and were pushed deeper into their own defensive half. Then Dawson would add to Tottenham's woes with a terrible decision that cost the Spurs another goal in the 24th minute. He would play the ball to his centre back Kaboul, not taking into account that Suarez was right on the French defender. Suarez won the ball and took it all the way forward and drilled it into the bottom right corner just out of reach of Lloris.
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2-0 for the Reds and Tottenham still haven't even troubled Mignolet into making a save. Liverpool pressed on and kept the pressure on the nervous Tottenham defence and searched for their third goal. Suarez and Sturridge both would try their luck from free kicks just outside the box, but both strikes would go over the crossbar. Coutinho too tried his luck from distance, but his shot wouldn't stay down either. Tottenham still stuck in their own half and not looking like they would have a chance to get out. Finally Eriksen made a run through the centre and rifled off a powerful strike. Mignolet though caught it with ease as it came straight to him. Soldado would have Tottenham's best chance of the half as he tried to curl his shot from inside the left of the box. Mignolet though stretched well and got a fist to it keeping Liverpool's two goal advantage. Liverpool though would almost capitalise on yet another mistake by the defence, as Lloris' pass from inside the box would go straight to Sterling who crossed it towards the back post where an unmarked Suarez was waiting. He met it perfectly with the head but Lloris made amends as he managed to get a hand to the ball and push it onto the crossbar. 2-0 it remained as the half approached and Tottenham were lucky not to be three down after only 45 minutes played.
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As the whistle sounded for the restart you would have expected Tottenham to come out with all guns blazing. But it was quite the opposite as Liverpool took control form the get go and continued to push the Spurs deeper and deeper into their own half. Coutinho was causing trouble in the centre and the Spurs started to show their frustrations as Sigurdsson was booked for tugging the Brazillian down. The only real spark for Tottenham was Soldado, but he wasn't getting any support from his team mates and even after a good run forward had no one to pass to. Liverpool though should have been three goals up soon after that as Sturridge and Sterling played a nice one two that got the youngster free inside the box. He unselfishly squared the ball back to the top of the box but Henderson's shot would fail to find the target. In his defence it did take a bounce just as he struck it, Liverpool looking dangerous now every time they got near the Tottenham goal.
Raheem Sterling having a great game as he consistently penetrated the Spurs' defence down the right side
Liverpool continued to press on and were finally rewarded with their third goal in the 55th minute. Flanagan did well to win the ball off Aaron Lennon and then he picked out Coutinho in the centre of the pitch. The Brazillian broke forward and as the Tottenham defenders backed away from him, he lined up a cracking shot from outside the box. The low driven strike would go between the legs of Kaboul and past the outstretched hand of Lloris and into the bottom left corner. 3-0 for Liverpool and you could hear the chants of 'we are top of the league' echoing around Anfield. Tottenham just needed to hold on for the rest of the game and try not to concede anymore goals.
Sturridge almost made it four for the Reds from yet another mistake by Tottenham's defence. Rose was the culprit this time as he slipped over and gifted Sturridge possession inside the box. Sturridge had his back to the goal and he rather cleverly tried the back heel but Lloris had it covered and blocked the cheeky attempt. Liverpool would close out the game with their fourth goal as Henderson whipped in a fantastic cross that eluded everyone and bounced into the back of the net. 4-0 for Liverpool as they claimed the top spot and are definitely contenders to win their first Premier League title in 24 years.
Henderson scores Liverpool's fourth goal late in the game