Tottenham 0 Liverpool 5 – Luis Suarez puts Spurs to the sword
The future of Andre Villas-Boas is once again the subject of speculation after Liverpool recorded a resounding victory at White Hart Lane, with the Reds scoring five goals without reply.
December 15th, 2013
Luis Suarez continued his blistering form by scoring two of his team’s goals, with Jordan Henderson also having an outstanding match and the midfielder doubled Liverpool’s advantage before half-time.
The visitors were aided by Paulinho’s rash challenge on Suarez in the second half which effectively ended the game as a contest, with Jon Flanagan scoring his first goal in professional football before Suarez and Sterling added gloss to the scoreline.
Having also lost 6-0 against Manchester City this season, many Spurs supporters will be wondering if AVB is the man to lead the team forward tonight, having spent over £100 million on new players last summer although the prospect of landing a top four spot looks remote after this result.
“It was difficult for us and Liverpool were spectacular today,” Villas-Boas told Sky Sports. “They were really good pressing and couldn’t let us play, and deservingly reached half-time 2-0 up.
“Our response came in the second half, but when we lost Paulinho the game was very, very difficult to turn and Liverpool started dominating possession, putting some balls in behind and we struggled.
“I assume the responsibility of the failure. We have to bounce back like we did after Manchester City.
“In the Premier League, things are not going as we expected, as we wanted, and it’s normal that the frustration is there from everybody.”
On the flip side, Brendan Rodgers will be delighted that his team continue to challenge at the top of the table, with Liverpool going second in the table and ahead of Chelsea on goal difference.
Many questioned how the team would cope without the services of Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge, although the performances of Henderson and Philippe Coutinho in the midfield department will have heartened the manager, while Suarez continues to be unplayable.