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Liverpool 4-0 Spurs – Reds Cruise Into Top Spot

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By Jonathan Carroll

Tim Sherwood hinted that Liverpool may be nervous about their title run in prior to Sundays game at Anfield but it was Spurs who looked out of sorts. Brendan Rodgers let his players do the talking in the form of goals from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and an own goal from Younes Kaboul. Liverpool are now top of the league with six games to play. Win all six and they will be crowned champions.

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Rodgers will no doubt drum into his players that they take it one game at a time. The fluidity of Liverpool’s game was there for all to see today. Raheem Sterling replaced Joe Allen and he was a thorn in Tottenham’s side all game long. His pace, creativity and willingness to make runs as well as track back is a huge improvement on last season. The reason behind the improvement? Brendan Rodgers. Rodgers has coached all these players to become better than when he first inherited/bought them. The list of players bought is relatively small and the list of players bought by Rodgers and starting every game is even smaller. This says a lot about his coaching. Lets save addressing the transfer policy for another day.

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Anfield was lit up by sunshine today and it was a flashback to the eighties when Liverpool destroyed every team on front of them with ease and then followed that with a lofting of the league trophy. Back then, winning the league became routine for the Liverpool faithful. League celebrations were expected. The standard was high. Exit Kenny Dalglsih and enter Graeme Souness and you have the demise of the mighty reds. A demise that was ever so often turned around by winning silverware under Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez, but the ultimate prize eluded every Liverpool manager since. Only Benitez came close in 2008-2009 when his Liverpool side finished second. Indeed the “Souness effect” was something John Barnes hinted about back in May of 2013.

 

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Now attention in Liverpool turns towards West Ham at Upton Park next Sunday. Its imperative that the reds don’t lose their nerve. In all honesty, their confidence at this stage is bewildering for such a young team. Liverpool will face some old boys in the form of Joe Cole, Andy Carroll and Stewart Downing. Sam Allardyce will no doubt look to make it a physical game to try and cancel out Liverpool’s creative side. That or play ten men behind the ball like Sunderland did midweek. A full weeks preparation will be key as the league comes to a conclusion and Liverpool have that luxury all the way to the end. In the meantime Liverpool FC continue to make us dream. Long may it continue.

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Liverpool
22 Mignolet
02 Johnson
38 Flanagan
08 Gerrard (Lucas – 70′ )
37 Skrtel
05 Agger
14 Henderson
10 Coutinho (Allen – 64′ )
15 Sturridge
31 Sterling (Moses – 83′ )
07 Suarez

Substitutes

01 Jones
09 Iago Aspas
12 Moses
17 Sakho
20 Cissokho
21 Lucas
24 Allen

 

Tottenham Hotspur
25 Lloris
16 Naughton
03 Rose
22 Sigurdsson (Booked)
04 Kaboul (Booked)
05 Vertonghen (Dawson – 24′ )
07 Lennon (Townsend – 60′ )
42 Bentaleb (Dembélé – 60′ )
09 Soldado
21 Chadli
23 Eriksen

Substitutes

17 Townsend
19 Dembélé
20 Dawson
24 Friedel
30 Sandro
37 Kane
62 Winks

Referee: Phil Dowd
Attendance: 44,762

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