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

manager’s future.

”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.