Suarez scores twice as Liverpool routs Spurs 5-0
Luis Suarez extended his hot scoring run with a double on Sunday
as Liverpool overwhelmed 10-man Tottenham 5-0 on Sunday to go
within two points of the Premier League summit.
On the day he captained Liverpool for the first time, Suarez
took his tally to eight goals in three games and helped to set up
the other three goals by Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Raheem
It was a scintillating way for Liverpool to end a five-game
losing streak at White Hart Lane and win away for the first time
since Sept. 29 at Sunderland.
”We were like animals … it was probably the most complete
performance,” Liverpool manger Brendan Rodgers said.
Assuming the armband from the injured Steven Gerrard indicated
that Suarez has fully completed his rehabilitation from bans for
racist abuse and biting, and antagonizing fans by pushing for a
transfer during the summer.
Suarez may well be relieved that Liverpool wouldn’t sanction the
move to Arsenal, with the London club now only a place and two
points ahead at the top of the standings after losing 6-3 at
Manchester City on Saturday.
Suarez has 17 goals in a season that only began in late
September as he completed the 10-game biting ban.
Such potency in just 11 games contrasts with Tottenham’s
ineptitude in front of goal. Tottenham has scored only 15 times in
15 league games and couldn’t even muster a shot on target against
the second-place visitors.
That’s despite more than $160 million being spent on the squad
in the summer transfer window as Tottenham sold Gareth Bale to Real
”We have the squad, we have the ability, we believe in each
other, but the results aren’t there in the Premier League to prove
it,” Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas said, highlighting the
need to instill more confidence in his players.
Such an outlook puts further scrutiny on the 36-year-old
”I won’t resign,” he said. ”And I’m not a quitter.”
As Tottenham struggled to cope with the speed and intensity of
Liverpool’s attack, Suarez took just 17 minutes to open the
Henderson volleyed in another before halftime, following up
after Suarez was denied by goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Any hopes of a Tottenham comeback were thwarted by Paulinho
being sent off in the 63rd for sinking his boot into Suarez’s
Suarez then set up Flanagan for Liverpool’s third, found the net
again himself in the 84th, and fed the ball for Sterling to
complete the rout five minutes later.
Tottenham’s collapse brought back memories of its 6-0 loss at
Manchester City last month and left Spurs in seventh place, five
points from the fourth Champions League place.
A force once again this season, Liverpool showed it can cope
without the injured Gerrard and striker Daniel Sturridge.
The intensity and speed from Liverpool had Tottenham reeling
from the start as the hosts struggled to cope with Sterling,
Henderson and Suarez particularly.
After goalkeeper Hugo Lloris was kept busy in the opening
exchanges, he was beaten after 18 minutes.
Michael Dawson blocked a throughball from Suarez, but Henderson
recovered possession and fed the Uruguay striker to nip in and
almost walk the ball into the goal.
The pressure was sustained, with Philippe Coutinho blasting the
ball off the crossbar from Suarez’s cutback.
There was another blow for Tottenham when Sandro was forced off
injured and replaced by Lewis Holtby on the half hour.
A header that Nacer Chadli sent over from a corner and Holtby
sweeping the ball wide was about as close as Tottenham came to
Liverpool ripped through Tottenham and chalked up another goal
despite Lloris’ double save.
Lloris denied Henderson, then thwarted Suarez from the rebound.
But he palmed the ball back for Henderson to volley in the
Roberto Soldado did find the net for Tottenham just before
halftime but it was disallowed for an apparent foul by the striker
on goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.
Tottenham never came as close again.
And at the start of the second half, Liverpool was only denied a
third by the woodwork as Mamadou Sakho headed Sterling’s cross
against the post.
When the third did come, after Paulinho’s dismissal, the slick
break down the right flank exemplified the visitors’ effervescence
in the heavy rain.
Henderson backheeled to Suarez, who crossed for Flanagan to curl
the ball beyond Lloris in the 75th.
Suarez’s deserved second came when he chipped Lloris after being
released by Luis Alberto. Then, Suarez turned provider once again,
slipping the ball through for Sterling to slot into the net in the
”I am a striker so I try to score, but most important was the
performance of the team,” Suarez said.