Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool: Live Player Ratings

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Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool: Live Player Ratings
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Liverpool have absolutely tonked Tottenham Hotspur by a 5-0 scoreline at White Hart Lane on Sunday, a result which sees the Reds back up into second place and leaves Spurs well off the pace in the race for fourth.

Luis Suarez hit two goals, while Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling also all hit the target.

Spurs Player Ratings
Player HT FT
Lloris 8 8
Walker 6 5
Naughton 6 6
Capoue 5 4
Dawson 6 5
Dembele 5 4
Sandro 6 6
Paulinho 6 5
Lennon 6 5
Chadli 7 7
Soldado 7 6

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Liverpool Player Grades
Player HT FT
Mignolet 6 6
Johnson 5 6
Flanagan 7 8
Skrtel 6 7
Sakho 7 8
Lucas 6 7
Allen 7 8
Henderson 8 10
Sterling 8 9
Coutinho 7 9
Suarez 8 10

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Quick first half analysis

Raheem Sterling was the early protagonist, creating plenty of danger down the right side for Liverpool and getting the better of Kyle Naughton.

Suarez's movement and his link-up with Phil Coutinho was also troubling Spurs, especially in the gap between centre-back and central midfield, where the two were frequently found on the ball in space.

At the other end, Roberto Soldado looked more involved as the half went on but Nacer Chadli was Spurs' biggest threat, testing Glen Johnson and Martin Skrtel a number of times.

Liverpool's ability to press quickly and in numbers in midfield and make telling early transitions has been the key to their lead at the break.

 

Quick second half analysis

Spurs improved after the break and had a 10-minute spell of possession and pressure, but even in that period of the game the best chance fell to Liverpool as they hit the post. Paulinho's red card ended any hopes Spurs had of a comeback though and the away side were ruthless thereafter.

Intense pressure in midfield was key to Liverpool's win, with Allen and Henderson in particular the stars in that area.

Constant runs infield and beyond the defence from the two wide players, Sterling and Coutinho, also gave Tottenham innumerable problems that they just couldn't deal with.

 

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