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Villas-Boas should have made changes in midfield about 20 minutes before he did.
Mousa Dembele (7.75)
Dembele was bordering on excellent for the first hour. After Spurs' slow start he helped drive his team forward, skipping between Liverpool challenges with a determined gracefulness. Most of his team's best moves came through the Belgian as he ran the game from his position out right. Soon after Spurs went ahead Dembele's influence waned as he grew tired and Liverpool began to dominate the midfield.
Jake Livermore (5.5)
A big chance for the young midfielder did not start well when he let Suarez get away from him for Liverpool's opener. Livermore improved after, was steady in possession and quick to close down the opposition. As Tottenham fell away so did he, his laxness on the ball not boding well for future opportunities in midfield.
Scott Parker (6.75)
A good effort from Parker for a large part of the game, his energy and positive use of the ball played its part in a period Spurs began to dominate. As did too his instincts in quickly robbing Liverpool as they looked to advance. The central midfielder grew sloppier in possession in the last 30 minutes though, and looked increasingly tired as the Reds took hold of the match.
Gylfi Sigurdsson (6.5)
Sigurdsson will be cursing his effort that hit the post with Tottenham 2-1 up, had it gone in they may have had the game won. Quiet to begin with, the midfielder involved himself as the game went on and linked up nicely in some good moves. After a while though his flank was in need of a semblance of pace and penetration he could not provide.
Tottenham were crying out for Carroll's movement and quick-passing even before Liverpool equalized. The momentum that had been gaining went they went into the lead soon dissipated, and Carroll would have been most useful in helping them keep hold of the ball. That Villas-Boas failed to bring him on until the 90th minute will count as a failure on the Portuguese's part.
Holtby saw little of the ball in his short time on the pitch. Like Carroll, he should have been brought on much sooner when Spurs were still in the game. The vitality of the German could have proved crucial in maintaining his team's energy on the pitch.