Tottenham began the game very poorly. Liverpool came out all guns blazing and caused many problems for the home side. Their quick passing and pressure was causing the Spurs backline to panic, especially in the case of Younes Kaboul.
Despite some encouraging opening moments for Emmanuel Adebayor, Liverpool were the side to go ahead. Jordan Henderson broke inside the box and slotted a ball across the box towards Raheem Sterling, who slotted into the net well. Eric Dier failed to pick up the English attacker at the back post, despite calls from his captain to pick up the loose man.
Just moments later, Spurs had their own chance to score. Emmanuel Adebayor found himself on the end of a good cross, just inside the Liverpool box. Despite a good touch initially, his attempted chip over Simon Mignolet was too heavy and sailed over the bar. Many Spurs fans were calling for him to out his foot through it, which may have been the preferred way of finishing in hindsight.
Then came a wave of Liverpool pressure. Sterling and Sturridge were all over the Tottenham defence like a rash, with Balotelli getting in on the act. Eric Dier’s big tackle on Mario Balotelli was enough to keep the Italian quiet for some time, with Allen booked moments later for a challenge on Lamela.
The first half finished with a handful of Spurs chances. The best came from Nacer Chadli. The Belgian came steaming through onto the loose ball, only for the final bounce to make the shot that much more difficult. His good effort was fired at goal, as he made the best of a bouncy situation. The half finished with Liverpool one ahead.
The second half got off to an even worse start. Eric Dier conceded a penalty after fouling inside the area. The validity of the penalty could have been debated, given the legs of Allen fell despite a tug on his chest. Gerrard however stepped up and made it 2-0 to Liverpool. This poor start from Tottenham continued throughout the second spell, with only a Lamela cross that Adebayor couldn’t reach, to name.
The away side made it 3-0 around the 60 minute mark. Alberto Moreno made the most of a poor Andros Townsend touch to come flying into the Spurs box and fire a shot across the face of goal into Lloris’ net. The second half was just utterly diabolical. Spurs showed not an ounce of desire to go forward, shoot or make a move. They were nothing short of hysterical and this continued until the final whistle. A missed Adebayor chance on the 85th minute making matters worse for the Spurs hierarchy heading towards deadline day. The forward was however unlucky not to get a late penalty after a tug on his shirt. It finished 3-0 to the visitors.
Lloris – Could have done more for the first goal (Average)
Rose – Knocked about all day. Injury sustained (Average)
Kaboul – Diabolical. Dislikes big occasions (Poor)
Vertonghen – Nothing to note. (Average)
Dier – Sloppy second half after impressing early on (Average)
Capoue – Couldn’t handle Sterling all day (Poor)
Bentaleb – Some good defending but a disappointing game (Average)
Lamela – Worked hard but struggled to make his mark (Better than average)
Chadli – Tried to make chances, unlucky I thought. (Better than average)
Eriksen – His worst performance in a Spurs shirt (Poor)
Adebayor – Dreadful. Missed chances, lack of hunger (Poor)