Tottenham Hotspurs handed a stark warning out to the rest of the league with an impressive four nil win over an out of sorts Liverpool at White Hart lane in Sunday’s lunch time kick off.
On loan striker Emmanuel Adebayor was the tormentor in chief netted a brace on his home debut as Harry Redknapp’s men got their first home win of the season.
After successive defeats to Man United and Manchester City Spurs are now up and running and followed up last week’s win over Wolves with an assured and dominant display that moves them up to 11th in the table.
Liverpool never got in the game, ending the game with 9 men and with the high’s of August now a distant memory.
Spurs looked up for it right from the whistle and on 6 minutes they took a deserved lead, Luka Modric putting his summer transfer woes behind him with a wonderful goal after Liverpool had failed to deal with Bale’s cross. The Croatian pounced on the loose ball to hammer the ball into the top corner from 20 yards out.
On twelve minutes the first booking arrived and this would later prove to a pivotal moment with Charlie Adam booked for a foul on Modric.
At this point Liverpool were struggling to get in to the game and at times, their passing was poor although despite all that they thought they had equalised when Luis Suarez tapped home but the linesman ruled the Uruguayan was offside when he picked up the ball from Andy Carroll.
Liverpool then lost Daniel Agger to injury, the Dane hobbling off after slipping and injuring his chest. He was replaced by debutant Sebastian Coates.
Liverpool’s afternoon than went from bad to worse on 30 minutes when Adam caught Parker in the leg with his studs up as the England midfielder went for a volley. The referee having little option to issue a second yellow and Liverpool were down to 10 men.
Despite all that the Reds somehow managed to hang on and headed into the half time whistle just the goal down with Spurs going close through Adebayor, Kaboul and Defoe.
The second half started as it ended with Spurs cutting Liverpool apart at will Spurs almost scored a minute into the second half when Kyle Walker crossed for Adebayor, who played in the unmarked Defoe his poor shot dribbled wide from six yards.
Liverpool thought they might have a way back into when Carroll appeared to be impeded by Assou-Ekotto but in the Spurs box however Probert waved play on and just minutes later Liverpool’s miserable afternoon took another twist when Skrtel fouled Bale’s as he turned to run down the wing.
Probert wasting little time in reaching for a second yellow for Skertel and suddenly Liverpool were down to 9 men with still 27 minutes to play
Spurs wasted little time in making their advantage count substitute Rafael van der Vaart sending Defoe racing through the middle, and after holding off Jose Enrique’s challenge, the former West Ham striker spun and shot low past Reina, two nil to Spurs with 65 minutes gone.
And just two minutes later it was game over as Adebayor scored his first and Tottenham’s third, Reina spilling Defoe’s shot to hand Adebayor the simplest of chances with the goal gaping.
Liverpool could not get on the ball with the Spurs teasing the Reds, stroking the ball around in the middle of the park. With the game well and truly won, Spurs took their foot off the pedal although Van der Vaart almost made it four with he tried a cheeky chip however Reina gathered the ball easily
Spurs didn’t have to wait long for their fourth however as Adebayor scored in final seconds when he picked up Assou-Ekotto’s cross to control and volley past Reina.
For Liverpool, this was their heaviest defeat for over eight years and they drop to 8th in the table just three places ahead of Spurs. A return to reality for Liverpool fan’s in recent weeks after their strong start and Dalglish has a lot of work to do ahead of the home clash with Wolves next week.