Tottenham Hotspur got everything they could have wanted in their match today with Liverpool. The two sides entered into the match keen on showing their ambitions for the top four. Arsenal suffered a humiliating loss on Saturday and whoever emerged as the victor from this match would surely make their intentions known to the rest of the league.
Both managers ran out very attacking sides. Liverpool manager Kenny Daglish chose to partner Andy Carroll with Luiz Suarez in a 4-4-2 formation, while Spurs manager Harry Redknapp ran out the same side that won against Wolverhampton Wanderers last weekend. Redknapp's lone change was to restore Gareth Bale to his usual spot on the left wing.
Spurs started brightly as Emmanuel Adebayor fired just wide in the third minute after good work down the right from Niko Kranjcar. However, it was Luka Modric who, in the 7th minute, fired Spurs into the lead with a beautiful shot from 25 yards out. The little Croatian picked up the ball after Jermaine Defoe had it knocked away from him and proceeded to blast the ball, first time, into the far corner. Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina had no chance.
Modric almost scored again in the 13th as Spurs continued to have the brighter start. Gareth Bale's pace down the left flank posed constant problems for Liverpool. Martin Skrtel was tabbed by Kenny Daglish as his right back for this match and it seemed like a decision King Kenny would come to regret. Liverpool had a goal called off in the 17th minute for offside. Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll finally began asking questions of the Tottenham center-halves and Younes Kaboul and Ledley King almost didn't cope well, unfortunately for Liverpool that's as close as they would come to goal.
Things went from bad to worse for Liverpool just before the half hour mark as Daniel Agger was forced off due to injury. His departure brought on the Premier League debut of young defender Sebastian Coates. Almost immediately after the substitution Charlie Adam was sent off. The Scotsman came in high on Scott Parker, which was enough to earn him his second yellow of the match. This was really the turning point of the match and Liverpool never really looked able to get back in it afterwards.
The start of the second half saw the addition of Rafael Van der Vaart for Niko Kranjcar. The Dutchman, playing for the first time since he tore his hamstring looked good on the right flank. Spurs maintained the lion's share of possession for much of the half, using their man-advantage well. In the 62nd minute things only got worse for the visitors as Martin Skrtel, already book for bringing down Bale in the first half, again brought down the Welsh Winger and earned his second yellow. Down to nine men Liverpool had no chance.
Jermaine Defoe put the game beyond reach in the 66th minute with his second goal of the season. Emmanuel Adebayor added two late consolation goals to finish off Spurs' 4-0 victory.The victory boosted Tottenham to 11th position in the table and with a trip to Wigan next weekend things are starting to look up for the North London side.