Tottenham v Liverpool live score commentary & preview

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Updated: September 17, 2011

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Spurs 4 – 0 Liverpool
Modric 6min
Defoe 65min
Adebayor 67min
Adebayor 92min

Full time played

Commentary:
Full time Spurs are in dream land as they thrash nine man Liverpool 4-0 to record their second successive win and after a poor start to the season are now up and running. A day to forget for Liverpool who had Charlie Adam and Martin Skertel sent off and lost Daniel Agger to injury. The heaviest defeat for Liverpool in eight years, Spurs up to 11th while Liverpool drop to 8th place after theri second successive defeat.
Added time GOAL! Lovely finish by Adebayor, who controls the ball and volleys first time past Reina.
Added time Carroll defends the corner, he’s made more of impact in defense than attack.
Added time Liverpool will need to bounce back against Wolves next week but first they must defend a corner as Carragher heads Parker’s long ball out
Added time Parker with a lovely ball to Van der Vaart whose chip is just gathered by Reina, would have been special.
90min There will be three minutes of added time.
89min Lovely cross by Enrique but Kaboul just does enough to put Carroll off.
88min Bale has an effort from distance but it sails over.
87min Liverpool try to move forward but Spearing can’t get on the ball and Kaboul clears
85min Good play by Enrique who get himself out off a defensive jam with some good foot work
83min Defoe goes off for Giovanni while King goes off for Bassong
82min Van der Vaart’s volley is blocked, is there a fourth in Harry’s team. Adebayor thinks so but just misses Walkers cross
81min Poor from Coates whose chipped pass goes straight out for a throw. Hard debut for the Uruguyan, he’ll want to forget to today as will his team mates.
80min Parker win’s the ball off Spearing to break down a Liverpool attack, Parker has been immense today, great signing.
78min Great cross in from Assou-Ekotto but Bale can’t connect and chance goes away
76min Lucas fouls van der Vaart, Spurs free in their own half. The Spurs passing last 5 minutes has been sublime, this is hard for Liverpool fan’s to watch but with 9 men its hard.
75min Ball in from Walker but Bale fouls Reina and its a Liverpool free. Still a lot of work to be done at Anfield.
75min Liverpool can’t get the ball at the moment and head into crucial clashes with Everton and United on the back now of two straight defeats
73min Spurs taunting Liverpool now with some lovely short passing the crowd meanwhile getting in on the act with shouts of Ole Ole. they’re happy.
72min Poor touch from Carroll, he’s had an off day.
71min Rare Liverpool attack in the last few minutes win’s a free as Parker handles.
70min Bellamy and Spearing come on for Saurez and Downing
68min GOAL! No way back now as Reina makes a rare effort to gift the ball to Adebayor who marks his home debut with a goal. 3-0 now.
65min GOAL! Defoe finds space in the middle and turns Carragher before firing home. Spurs in control now
64min Henderson drops to right back. Meanwhile Downing try’s an effort from distance, no problem for Friedel.
62min RED CARD!! Liverpool down to 9 men now as Skertel goes for a foul on bale. Liverpool in real trouble now.
62min POOR POOR POOR from Saurez as the free goes over, that was a wasted chance.
61min Saurez does well to win a free in a great position. Kaboul unlucky there. Big chance here for Liverpool.
60min Enrique needed help there but with three around him no help came
58min Skertel makes a mess of a bouncing ball, Defoe win’s it and feeds Adebayor but his effort is tame and easily gathered.
56min Great ball by Lucas but Saurez can’t get on it, he’s having a rare off day. Spurs break meanwhile, Bale’s shot is saved though.
55min Lovely cross field ball by Modric to Walker who beats Enrique and win’s a free. Van der Vaart to take – easy for Reina in the end
52min Good defensive tackle by Carroll, danger cleared again. Saurez is a frustrated figure at present, no real chance against the Spurs defense
52min Spurs back on the attack, Bales cross is cleared and Liverpool now on the attack. Better from the men in red.
50min big call from ref as Carroll looked like he was fouled in the box, no penalty the decision.
49min Well read by Walker who intercepts the header and Spurs break. Defoe’s shot is deflected and Reina gathers.
48min Another Liverpool free, first time we’ve seen a tight battle in the middle of the park.
47min Spurs clears their lines but Liverpool press and put Spurs under pressure, more like it.
47min Free to Liverpool, half way inside the Spurs half
46min MISS!! Walker picks out Adebayor who picks out defoe with a lovely ball but he misses when it looked easier to score. Offside anyway it seems.
46min Kranjcar goes off for Van der Vaart, things not going to get any easier for Liverpool. Spurs get us underway again.
Chat: Liverpool need to do something to get themselves back into this, Bellamy and Kuyt might be options with Carroll and the ineffective Henderson the most likely to go off. Spurs have been great though, Adebayor’s movement has been unreal while Parker and Modric dominating midfield.
Half time: Spurs head in with a slender 1-0 lead but they’ve been value for it and should really have had more. Liverpool have failed to get a grip on midfield and with Daniel Agger gone off injured and Charlie Adam sent off it will be tough for them to get back into this.
Added time Saurez is the latest player into the book as he sarcastically applaudes the referee’s decision.
Added time poor for Coates who cross field pass is aimless and drifts wide. 1 minutes before half time.
Added time Foul by Kaboul, Free out to Liverpool
Added time What a ball from Modric who finds Walker in the Liverpool box, he was caught in two minds though and Liverpool clear. Corner.
45min There will be four minutes of added time, Kenny Dalglish just wants to get his players in and change things around. Carroll win’s a header but it’s aimless, only the second one I remember him winning today so far.
44min Saurez with a cross but there too much on it, goes wide.
43min Liverpool getting no time on the ball, Spurs are pressing high and its working and Liverpool run out of idea’s.
43min Modric again with the corner but Kaboul heads over. Spurs could be three up.
42min Defoe with a chance, wild swing by Enrique but its cleared and that’s all that matters. Corner.
40min Adebayor has endeared himself to the Spurs faithful with his performance today, meanwhile Modric’s free is headed wide by a Liverpool player, corner
40min Card happy ref gives another yellow card as Coates fouls Adebayor, again just outside the box. Liverpool living dangerously
39min Low cross by Walker but Reina collects.
37min Liverpool enjoying their best spell at the moment but not really looking like scoring
36min Bale breaks free and is fouled by Skertel who fouls him and goes into the book. Spurs free on the right.
36min Better from Liverpool as Lucas and Saurez combine for Downing to cross, its cleared though.
35min Bale takes it but he blasts the free over, decent chance but poor attempt. 10 minutes to half time and being honest Liverpool have been poor
34min Lucas fouls Defoe just outside the box, dangerous position.
33min Skertel and Henderson are really struggling to get into the game, another poor pass by Skertel.
32min Good work by Carroll who has dropped back deeper, he was nearly left back there and put in a good tackle.
31min Nice touch from Adebayor to free up space in the middle, Liverpool win it back and go forward through Enrique
29min Free fails to threaten and Liverpool breathe a sigh of relief. Spurs on top.
27min SENT OFF!! Adam is sent off for his 2nd yellow card, taking Parker out of it. He caught Parker with studs to the knee, Liverpool in trouble
26min Agger can’t go on and he is going off for Sebastian Coates who makes his debut. Agger looks to be in some discomfort
25min Poor from Reina whose kick out goes straight to Modric.
24min Downing gets his first chance to attack Walker but it ends up with a goal kick, came off a pool player
22min King fouls Saurez, free Liverpool just inside Half way.
21min Poor from Lucas as his pass is intercepted – Spurs on the attack again. Adebayor releasing a left foot shot from distance, but it sails over
19min Walker with a good defensive header back to Friedel. Liverpool showing small signs of getting back into it.
18min OFFSIDE!! Saurez thought he had gotten Liverpool level but he was offside, shoddy defending by Spurs on Liverpool’s first real attack
17min A rare mistake from Spurs as Parker’s cross field ball has too much on it, Liverpool throw on half way
15min Skertel again caught out as a lovely ball reaches Bale again Liverpool clear, just. Agger holding his side.
14min Liverpool under serious pressure and they look shakey at the back. Spurs dominating midfielder and they look sharper
13min Skertel caught out by Bale, and ball eventually makes way to Modric, great save Reina. Ball out to Adebayor but his cross is cleared.
12min Wonderful ball for Bale but just too much on it, goal kick. Modric the man at the moment.
12min Adam’s brings down Modric and gets the first booking of the day. Spurs free on half way
9min Agger looks like he won’t be able to continue, he’s back on for the moment. Liverpool have a free on half way
8min Injury worry for Liverpool as Agger goes down, think he was injured in the build up to the Spurs goal.
6min GOAL! Modric with a cracker, from outside of the box the Croatian pounces on a loose ball and smashes it into the top corner. Spurs go ahead.
5min Liverpool steady the ship now and get some possession, frantic opening. Spurs attack again though through Bale again, Agger clears.
4min Bale with a testing ball across goal but Liverpool clear. Adebayor looks up for this today as he win’s a ball and holds it up despite 3 players around him
3min Kaboul beats Saurez to a side pass but Spurs break and Adebayor goes across goal with an effort. Early signs of intent from both sides.
2min Early pressure by Liverpool, Modric giving the ball away in his own half but it comes to nothing. Goal kick
1min Liverpool get us underway – Downing is on the right rather than the left.
0min Dirk Kuyt and Craig Bellamy start on the bench for Liverpool as does Van der Vaart for Spurs. Adebayor makes his home debut as does Scott Parker, this promises to be a close exciting encounter.

Teams:
Tottenham: Friedel, Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto, Bale, Modric, Parker, Kranjcar, Adebayor, Defoe.
Subs: Cudicini, Bassong, Corluka, Giovani, Livermore, Pavlyuchenko, Van der Vaart.

Liverpool: Reina, Skrtel, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Lucas, Adam, Henderson, Downing, Suarez, Carroll.
Subs: Doni, Maxi, Coates, Kuyt, Spearing, Bellamy, Robinson.

Preview:

Liverpool makes the trip to London to face fellow Champions league hopeful’s Spurs looking to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Stoke last weekend. The Anfield outfit dominated the Potters creating a number of goal scoring chance only to find Asmir Begovic in stunning form and this weekend they will find themselves up against another top keeper in the shape of American Brad Friedel.

After conceding 8 goals in his opening two games for Spurs, Friedel could have been forgiven for questioning his move to London however the veteran keeper along with the rest of his team mates turned a corner last weekend when he kept a clean sheet as Spurs beat a previously unbeaten Wolves 2-0 at Molineux.

Scott Parker made his debut last weekend against Mick McCarthy’s side and turned in a strong performance however he will face a sterner test on Sunday against Charlie Adam, the Scot Harry Redknapp tried to sign last January. Adam has settled well into life at Anfield and despite it being early days the Scot is justifying the chase for his signature.

Spurs won out last season, claiming the double over the Red, a 2-1 win at home followed by a 2-0 end of season win at Anfield. However this time round Liverpool are the form team having made the better start to the season, although the fact that Spurs defeat’s have come against the Manchester duo of City and United belies their current position.

Redknapp will revert to a strong starting eleven after resting a number of players for the 0-0 draw with PAOK on Thursday. Rafael van der Vaart (hamstring), Aaron Lennon (groin) and William Gallas (calf) continue their recovery from injury and could play some part in the game at White Hart Lane after being included in the match day squad.

Likewise Steven Pienaar, Tom Huddlestone and Ledley King all face fitness tests and again could feature however Michael Dawson is definitely out as is Sandro who is fit again after a knee injury but won’t be risked.

Kenny Dalglish meanwhile will be without Glenn Johnson as his injury start to the season continues, the former West Ham right back suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury last weekend and his place could go to Martin Kelly who is back after a similar injury.

Steven Gerrard is also nearing full fitness and despite initially targeting this game for his comeback the 31 year old may not risked by the Scot after six months out with a groin injury.

Match day squads:

Tottenham (from): Gomes, Friedel, Cudicini, Bale, Kaboul, Bassong, Gallas, Corluka, Walker, King, Assou-Ekotto, Parker, Huddlestone, Lennon, Modric, Kranjcar, Livermore, Townsend, Lennon, Pienaar, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Dos Santos, Adebayor, Van der Vaart.

Liverpool (from): Reina, Skrtel, Carragher, Agger, Enrique, Adam, Lucas, Henderson, Kuyt, Downing, Suarez, Doni, Flanagan, Coates, Spearing, Shelvey, Rodriguez, Carroll, Bellamy, Kelly, Robinson.

Prediction: Spurs have the recent edge in this fixture winning the last five games but Liverpool will be keen to show that last weekend was a once off. A draw appears to be safest bet in this one.

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