At the break Liverpool were 2-0 up, after a first-minute own goal from Younes Kaboul and a solo run and finish from the league's top scorer, Luis Suarez. It got worse after the break for Spurs as Liverpool ran out 4-0 winners, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson finding the target.
|Liverpool Player Ratings|
Liverpool first half analysis
MIGNOLET—Has made two very good saves and distributed the ball well. A fine showing thus far.
JOHNSON—A number of important interceptions and challenges at the back, though slow to release the ball going forward.
SKRTEL—Has been somewhere between a rock-solid archetypal centre-back and a Pirlo-esque playmaker from deep. Sort of.
AGGER—Good in the air, calm on the deck. Called back into position once or twice by Rodgers, but solid so far.
FLANAGAN—A tough tackle in the opening stages set the tone. He's been confident and composed, though has been caught in possession a couple of times.
GERRARD—Impassable in stages. Strong in the challenge, reading the game and directing play.
HENDERSON—Off the ball running a feature of Liverpool's attacking play as Spurs fail to track him.
COUTINHO—Is being afforded a lot of space and is using the ball well.
STERLING—Absolutely killed Rose early on with a host of dribbles and final-third passes.Faded a little after.
SUAREZ—Great run and finish for the goal, working hard...and being strangely ignored by Spurs' back four.
STURRIDGE—Hasn't had any sighters of goal yet but his direct running has occupied multiple defenders.
Liverpool second half analysis
MIGNOLET—Some excellent saves, good in the air and fine in possession.
JOHNSON—Improved as the game went on, though did not attack as relentlessly of course.
SKRTEL—Both centre-backs defended well for the majority of the game. Skrtel also excelled in possession.
AGGER—Did his work well, calm in possession.
FLANAGAN—Not many wingers will relish coming up against him. Ferocious in the tackle and a sublime turn and run led to the third goal.
GERRARD—By and large a faultless performance from the skipper, who was subbed to prevent risk of a yellow card.
HENDERSON—Faultless. A powerful midfield display where he won back the ball, distributed it quickly and scored a deserved goal too.
COUTINHO—One of his most influential performances. Used space extremely well and a well-struck goal.
STERLING—Excellent in attack and defence. So strong, nobody got the better of him.
SUAREZ—Not a vintage performance but still head and shoulders above most players on the pitch.
STURRIDGE—Didn't link with his attacking team-mates perhaps as much as he might have done, but worked very hard and went close with a back-heel.