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Tottenham vs. Liverpool: Big Spurs Win Means Little for Championship Chances

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18:  Luis Suarez of Liverpool controls the ball as he is challenged by Ledley King of Tottenham Hotspur during the Barclays Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at White Hart Lane on September 18, 2011 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Joseph HealyCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2011

In a match between two squads looking to enhance their profile as a real contender in the Premier League, a close, hard-fought battle was expected.

You had to figure that the result would come down to one play late in the match. Either one side would seize the result by a singular showing of brilliant football, or one side would make a crippling error that would change the complexion of the outcome.

In reality, neither of those things happened. Tottenham came out and played dominant football and Liverpool never really had much of a chance.  It would be easy to simply look at the score and draw the conclusion that Tottenham is ready to be among the elite in the league.

The win was nice, to be sure, but it means very little for Tottenham's hopes for a championship.

For starters, Liverpool was playing with nine men. It's not all that uncommon to see squads win matches with ten men on the field, but playing two men down is just too much for almost anyone to withstand.

Winning 4-0 is nice to watch and it's sure better than losing or playing to a draw, but that type of result should be what you get when the opposition has two men sent off long before full time.

Given the long odds his side was faced with, Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish must have been tempted to put this loss on the referee. To his credit, he did not. In an article in the Express Tribune, he had the following to say:

“I think we should just talk about the football,” he said. “It would be totally unfair on Harry Redknapp and the performance his team put on today so we’ll be respectful to Tottenham. We know that we can do a lot better than that.”

Like Dalglish, I don't want to take anything away from the Spurs. They played well and they took care of business when they had to.

I just don't think we should read a whole lot into this seemingly dominating win.

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