Article by Jack Gill
Ahead of this weekend’s encounter against Tottenham, it’s my task once again to look at previous encounters between LFC and Spurs at Anfield and pick my favourite five. This Sunday will be the first fixture between the two sides since we broke Cockney hearts in Madrid in the Champions League final in June and will also be the 174th recorded fixture between the two sides.
Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham – 30th March 2014
An easy place to start. Brendan Rodgers’ side inflicted a 4-0 hammering of Tottenham during the charge for the title in 13/14. The goalscoring started early as Younes Kaboul put the ball in his own net from a Glen Johnson cross on the right hand side.
Twenty three minutes later, Luis Suarez doubled LFC’s lead, capitalising on some poor Tottenham defending after a long ball forward from Gerrard. Liverpool were cruising but Tottenham’s defensive calamities were causing themselves all kinds of problems at the back. Suarez did Suarez things and produced an emphatic finish to beat Hugo Lloris.
Phillipe Coutinho made it three ten minutes after the break. The Brazilian roamed forward with the ball and produced a lovely, drilled finished from 25 yards. The goal showed brilliance from Coutinho but yet more poor defending from a Spurs side who allowed a world-class player like Coutinho far too much time on the ball.
Liverpool completed the scoring in the 75th minute with a goal that the Dubious Goals Committee ruled as Jordan Henderson’s goal after his free-kick from a wide position appeared to go under the feet of Agger, Suarez and Dawson and hit the back of the net directly from the free-kick.
The win saw Liverpool go top of the league in style during a topsy turvy season of Premier League football where the Reds came so close to winning the title.
Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham – 10th February 2015
A thriller at Anfield the season after in 2015 where an unlikely hero stepped up to win it for the Reds from the bench.
The goal scoring started in the 15th minute through an unlikely source. Lazar Markovic benefitted from some clever work by Daniel Sturridge after a long punt up the field by Simon Mignolet. Markovic finished well with a low shot into the bottom of the goal and it is probably one of the only things he’ll be remembered for at Anfield, oh and that time he was sent off for an accidental poke in the eye.
Eleven minutes later, Tottenham got an equaliser. Harry Kane the scorer as the Englishman benefitted from an unfortunate Mamadou Sakho slip.
Before halftime, the Reds were looking the side more likely of going ahead. Jordan Ibe was threatening the Spurs defence and Daniel Sturridge saw a clever backheeled effort hit the post in first half stoppage time. Eight minutes after half-time, Liverpool got their goal, a Steven Gerrard penalty after Danny Sturridge was fouled by Danny Rose. Lloris went the right way but couldn’t keep out the Skipper’s penalty.
Tottenham were to hit back quickly again though, this time through Moussa Dembele who survived the offside appeals and the goal was awarded. Simon Mignolet flapping an Eriksen free-kick straight to Kane who found Dembele in the centre with an open goal in front of him.
Mario Balotelli, who’s signing now appears somewhat of a panic buy and had a disappointing LFC career was subbed on for Daniel Sturridge with 16 minutes left and 9 minutes later ended up getting the winner! Super Mario was the only player not static in the Tottenham Box and pounced on a fantastic ball from Adam Lallana who found the perfect area with his pass.
So an 83rd minute winner from Balotelli and Markovic scoring the first goal… I wouldn’t have had a bet on that one…
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Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham – 10th March 2013
Another 3-2 but this one was a while back and there was a brace by Jan Vertonghen for Spurs.
The first goal of the game belonged to the Uruguayan magician, Luis Suarez who struck to put LFC in the lead. Suarez finished from a tight angle with the outside of his right boot after being found in a good position by Jose Enrique.
Tottenham struck back just after the break, and it was the first for Jan Vertonghen. A dangerous Gareth Bale cross was nodded in by the Spurs centre-back who managed to get in between Glen Johnson and Jamie Carragher.
Eight minutes after the break, the away side got their second and their Belgian centre back completed his brace. Once again Gareth Bale was heavily involved, his free kick from distance caused the LFC defence a lot of problems and the ball dropped to Vertonghen who hesitates before firing into the back of the net at the near post.
Tottenham were ahead for just 13 minutes as a long ball forward from the Reds made hugo Lloris burst off his line towards the ball but the Frenchman completely misjudged the flight of the ball and it fell to Stewart Downing. Jan Vertonghen could’ve been a bigger hero for Tottenham as he became the last man on his own goal line but Downing nutmegged him to equalise for the Reds.
In the last ten minutes of the game, Liverpool were given the chance to win it when they were awarded a penalty by referee Michael Oliver as Assou-Ekotto was deemed to have fouled Luis Suarez. Steven Gerrard scored from the spot to put the home side ahead, sending Lloris the wrong way with a very good penalty.
Liverpool 3-0 Tottenham – 23rd September 2006
A big win for the Reds in an early kick off in 2006. After a goalless first half, Liverpool sprung into life in the second half and scored three to beat Tottenham early in the 2006-2007 season. Excellent work from Steven Gerrard on the right hand side and he squares the ball to Craig Bellamy who somehow misses from 3 yards out but the ball comes back off the post to Mark Gonzalez and he makes no mistake in putting LFC ahead after 63 minutes.
Ten minutes later, Liverpool strengthened their lead through Dutchman Dirk Kuyt. Tottenham thought they’d played Kuyt offside when Luis Garcia played him clean through but the flag stayed down and Kuyt fired past Paul Robinson in the Spurs net.
Liverpool weren’t finished yet though and LFC scored a third goal with a minute to go and it was a thunderbolt from the man with the greatest left foot and ginger hair, John Arne Riise. The Norweigen left-back produced a thunderous attempt that flied into the back of the net from 35 yards. He really had no right to score from there but it’s John Arne Riise and this wasn’t the only time he managed this in a Liverpool shirt.
Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham – 4th February 2018
This game had an absolutely bonkers last ten minutes but was incredibly frustrating as a Liverpool fan.
The Reds opened the scoring in just the third minute through the Egyptian King, Mohammed Salah. Tottenham’s Eric Dier tried to tackle Sadio Mane but ended up playing a perfect through ball to Mo Salah and Salah finished emphatically past Lloris.
Liverpool were the better side and had many chances to put the game to bed but some brilliance from Victor Wanyama equalised for Tottenham with 10 minutes to go. The Kenyan, who had only been on the pitch for a minute, hit a bouncing ball from twenty five yards out which fired straight into the top corner with lots of swerve and dip on the ball. An incredible strike.
Four minutes later, Tottenham were awarded the chance to win the game as Harry Kane was awarded a penalty for a foul by Loris Karius, whose name makes me feel sick to think about. There was minimal contact, certainly not enough to bring Kane down the way he went to ground but Jon Moss pointed to the spot without hesitation.
Harry Kane, who can barely string together a sentence but is good from the spot attempted to put the ball into the middle of the net but, his penalty was saved, rather uncomfortably from Karius but nonetheless the Englishman had failed to put Spurs ahead.
As the game went into stoppage time, we witnessed some individual brilliance from Mo Salah. The Egyptian, who was almost 100 percent the signing of the season that year, danced past four Tottenham players and finished over Lloris. A superb goal from Salah and LFC looked like they’d won it.
The Reds hadn’t though and painfully Tottenham were controversially awarded another penalty. Lamela jumped into the leg of Virgil Van Dijk as the Dutchman attempted to clear the ball and the referee flagged for a penalty. This time Kane made no mistake, sending Karius the wrong way from the spot to level the game for Spurs.
A sour taste on a good game as the controversial decision to award Spurs two penalties could’ve affected the battle for the Top 4 that season.
Liverpool haven’t lost to Spurs at Anfield since 2011 and with the away side in poor form, the Reds will be hoping to extend that run of games by claiming all three points on Sunday afternoon.
Up the Reds!
Jack didn’t put this in as he’s covered League games. But I felt it’s only right to chuck in the Champions League Final highlights. Just coz.