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Liverpool 3 Tottenham Hotspur 0The Reds made it two wins on the bounce with a fine 3-0 win over Spurs at Anfield. After a first half that never quite burst in to life the Reds really took the game on in the second half. The match could easily have gone the other way though when Spurs missed an open goal at 0-0. They went straight to the other end an scored their first goal. Dirk Kuyt blasted home a second before John Arne Riise scored on his return in the final minutes.
The Reds won the toss ad defended the Kop end in the first half as Spurs kicked off. The first half was littered with some decent football up until the final third of the pitch. Neither side could really muster much in front of goal despite trying. If anything it was Spurs who were the team getting it closest.
Just short of the twenty minute mark Mark Gonzalez cut inside his man and as he shaped to shoot from the edge of the area he was nudged. It was enough to knock him off balance and his shot was wasted although there were genuine shouts for foul play.
Spurs really should have taken the lead on twenty six minutes from a Murphy free kick. The free kick out on the Spurs left was whipped in by Murphy and someone completely ignored Ledley King. King had a free header but thankfully for the Reds couldn't quite get on the end of it. Had he connected there's little doubt that the he would have burst the net.
After this the Reds did try and up the game a little and hit the post from a Gonzalez corner. The rebound off Sissoko was then deflected up over the bar.
The Reds had a huge penalty claim. Well at the time without the benefit if a replay it seemed a penalty but the offence actually took place just outside the box. Steven Gerrard had a shot from distance which Ledley King clearly handled but the ref played on. In the follow up Bellamy was brought down which I thought was a second offence at the time. It certainly got the crowd going but Howard Webb was having none of it.
The Reds did have a golden chance just before half time when Gonzalez put Bellamy through. His shot to the far corner though was tipped wide by Robinson.
The second half got underway with no changes to either side and Paul Robinson having taken time to applaud the whole Kop as he came out to take up his goal.
The half was certainly far better than the first with the Reds really upping the pace now. This is what ultimately won the game for the Reds.
Their was one huge turning point though on sixty two minutes when Spurs broke at pace. Davids raced down their left and as he got near the box he squared the ball to Jenas who just had to put the ball in the net. Somehow he skewed the ball wide of the post though. What a let off!
The Reds raced up to the other end. Gerrard went past his man and squared for Bellamy. His shot hit the post but Gonzalez was there to slot home the rebound to take the lead.
The Reds never looked back from this. Luis Garcia took over from Bellamy on sixty eight minutes and his introduction added a little extra skill tot he creative side of things. Within five minutes Garcia had flicked a ball through the defence and Kuyt took it down. He then lashed it past Robinson before he could react and it was 2-0.
The second goal let the Reds relax a bit more. Aurelio came on for the impressive Gonzalez with fourteen to go. The final six minutes saw Jamie Carragher replace Alonso and the Reds played three at the back. It allowed more freedom to Riise and Finnan.
With just a couple of minutes to go Riise took full advantage of that new found freedom and strode forward with the ball before unleashing an arrow of a shot past Paul Robinson for the third.
As the final whistle went the Reds fans rose to applaud the team off after a quality second half. Having gone through that period when no-one thinks we're clinical in front of goal we've now got two and three in the past two games. The first half of the match proved to be a slow one with little quality in the final third but when the Reds upped it in the second there was only going to be one winner. Yes the goal that Spurs so nearly scored could have altered things a lot but the way the Reds went through Spurs in the half I think we would have come back from it anyway.
MotM : Momo Sissoko - played superbly on the day and is starting to get up the pitch higher now and get involved in the attacking play more.
Position at Start of match day - 9 / Opposition Position at Start of match day - 16
League Stats at end of match day
Match number 10 of the season
Domestic Match number 7 of the season
Premiership Match number 6 of the season
Premiership Match number 550 of all time
League Match number 4074 of all time (excludes war time and Lancashire League)
Top Flight League Match number 3646 of all time (includes original Division 1 and Premiership)
Match number 4986 of all time (excludes war time matches and Friendly/Testimonials)
Match number 145 against Tottenham Hotspur
Home Match number 72 against Tottenham Hotspur
League Match number 127 against Tottenham Hotspur
League Home Match number 64 against Tottenham Hotspur
Premiership Match number 29 against Tottenham Hotspur
Premiership Home Match number 15 against Tottenham Hotspur