Barclays Premier League
4 - 0

Liverpool v Tottenham

30 Mar 2014, KO: 16:00

Minute by minute

Post As always, thanks for following. YNWA
Post We'll be with the Reds on the road next weekend when they tackle West Ham United in London
Post That's all from our live coverage from Anfield on the day Liverpool went top of the Barclays Premier League table with just six games remaining
Post Full Brendan Rodgers press conference quotes coming up on the homepage shortly
Post Rodgers: "I thought the supporters were brilliant today. That's as good as I've heard Anfield since I've been a manager here. The two forces together made us a real tough opponent today."
Post Rodgers: "Then our dominance in possession was very impressive. We had long spells with the ball trying to tire Tottenham out, open up the space and then we've got the penetration at the top of the field. It was an outstanding team performance."
Post Brendan Rodgers: "We've had a number of these performances this season. We had real dominance in the game right from the first whistle. I thought it was an exceptional performance. Everything we've been working towards over this last year and a half, in terms of without the ball; that hunger and intensity to get the ball back, from the first whistle to the end [was there]."
Post Jordan Henderson: "The table looks good. We knew today was important. We had to focus on what we have been doing. The crowd were outstanding. They really lifted us. Great togetherness here. We knew we had to start well, press high and get the ball back. We all dream of winning the Premier League one day and we have a chance. It is one game at a time, then see where we are. Of course it would be special but you can't look too far in the future."
Post Raheem Sterling: "At the beginning of the week we set ourselves the target of getting two wins. It was good to get the first three points. Then we had to get three more. It is a great credit to boys."
Post It meant the Reds went top of the table, two points ahead of Chelsea, who still have to visit Anfield. Brendan Rodgers' men are also four ahead of Manchester City, who have two games in hand but also have to visit L4 before the end of the campaign
Post They enjoyed 58.7 per cent of the play and made 526 passes with an accuracy rating of 86.5 per cent
Post Liverpool had 11 shots on goal today, five of which were on target
Post Liverpool are top of the Barclays Premier League
92 Eriksen gets a low snap-shot in on goal, which Mignolet needs to turn around the base of the post
90 Three minutes of added time to be played. Spurs, meanwhile, are down to 10 men momentarily after an awkward fall left Sigurdsson unable to continue
87 Dawson meets Eriksen's corner and loops a header onto the roof of the net
85 Eriksen shoots...high and wide
84 Spurs win a corner
82 Substitution: Victor Moses for Raheem Sterling:
81 Fantastic challenge from Flanagan denies Soldado a goalscoring opportunity just inside the box
78 Victor Moses being prepared for Liverpool
75 Henderson swings a free-kick into the goes beyond everyone and nestles in the back of the net
75 GOAL! Jordan Henderson:
73 Tottenham win a corner
70 Substitution: Lucas Leiva for Steven Gerrard:
68 Rose gets himself into all kinds of trouble trying to cut out Henderson's pass into the area. Sturridge manages to get a back-heel effort on goal, but Lloris blocks
66 Slick one-two between Suarez and Sterling almost gets the former into a shooting position, but Lloris is off his line quickly to smother
63 Substitution: Joe Allen for Philippe Coutinho:
63 Chadli gets room for the shot in the box, but he fires well over
60 Joe Allen being prepared for LFC
59 Substitution: Moussa Dembele for Nabil Bentaleb:
59 Substitution: Andros Townsend for Aaron Lennon:
59 Bentaleb shoots...over
55 What a goal that was. Liverpool play their way out of pressure at the back and launch a counter-attack which results in Coutinho surging towards the edge of the Spurs box before drilling into the bottom corner with a fine finish
55 GOAL! Philippe Coutinho:
54 Well, it's fair to say Jordan Henderson won't want to see that one again. Liverpool absolutely carve open Tottenham's defence with a one-two between Sturridge and Sterling. The latter elects to square for Hendo, who hooks over the bar when a goal seemed inevitable
51 Good defending from Agger snuffs out any potential danger from Soldado after the Spurs man had beaten him to the ball
47 Spurs eventually clear LFC's short-corner routine
47 Corner to Liverpool...
46 First Booking: Gylfi Sigurdsson:
46 SECOND HALF: Liverpool get us back underway
45 Suarez tries to curl it around the wall but it's off target
44 Naughton handles the ball on the edge of the box as Suarez attemps to go beyond him. Free-kick
41 Suarez goes agonisingly close to a third for Liverpool as Sterling takes the ball from Kaboul and crosses for the Uruguayan, whose header is pushed onto the crossbar by Lloris
40 Soldado curls one at goal, but it's met by a spectacular punch from Mignolet
38 Bentaleb shoots from fully 35 yards. It's straight at Mignolet and easy for the Belgian to collect
34 Sturridge hits the free-kick...too high to trouble Lloris
32 First Booking: Younes Kaboul:
31 Sturridge surges forward and is fouled by Kaboul on the edge of the box
26 Magnificent block by Skrtel thwarts Eriksen's effort from close range. Brilliant defending
25 Suarez makes it 2-0 with a tidy finish after robbing Kaboul of possession and firing left-footed across Lloris
25 GOAL! Luis Suarez:
24 Substitution: Michael Dawson for Jan Vertonghen:
23 Suarez hits the free-kick, but it's high over the bar
22 Tottenham may need to make a change here before this free-kick is taken. Vertonghen is down and struggling
20 Sigudsson handles the ball 20 yards from the Spurs goal...LFC free-kick in a good position
17 Vertonghen just about beats his opposite number Agger to the ball from Gerrard's delivery
17 Kaboul heads Henderson's long ball away from Suarez and Liverpool have a corner
16 Suarez chips the ball back to Coutinho on the edge of the box, who volleys one wide
15 Sterling shows incredible footwork to dance into a crossing position, but Kaboul heads away before Sturridge can get there
13 Coutinho tries it again as Henderson darts into the area from wide. It's just a fraction too far in front of the midfielder, however
10 Suarez sends in a delicious cross from the left for the head of Sturridge, but it's just a millimetre too high for the England man to convert
9 Coutinho attemps another ball over the top, this time aimed for the run of Sterling, but Lloris gathers
8 Powerful but fair challenge from Flanagan on Lennon...the crowd liked that
6 Danger for LFC as Eriksen finds space in the box. He tries to cut the ball back, but a combination of Agger and Flanagan get the danger away
5 Sterling tries to pick out Suarez with his cross, but Spurs get it away. Ball comes back to the No.7, who shoots wide
4 Coutinho almost slides Suarez through on goal...
2 The start we all dreamt of last night as Kaboul inadvertently turns Johnson's low cross into his own net to give Liverpool the lead. Get in!
2 Own Goal! Younes Kaboul:
1 KICK-OFF: Tottenham Hotspur get us underway at Anfield
Pre A rousing rendition of YNWA has just been aired inside Anfield. It's almost time for kick-off
Pre The atmosphere is building inside Anfield, the players are about to make their way onto the pitch
Pre Tottenham substitutes: Friedel, Dawson, Dembele, Sandro, Townsend, Winks, Kane.
Pre Tottenham XI: Lloris; Naughton, Kaboul, Vertonghen, Rose; Bentaleb, Sigurdsson; Lennon, Chadli, Eriksen; Soldado.
Pre Substitutes: Jones, Allen, Aspas, Sakho, Lucas, Cissokho, Moses.
Pre Liverpool XI: Mignolet, Johnson, Skrtel, Agger, Flanagan, Gerrard, Henderson, Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge, Suarez.
Pre TEAM NEWS: Brendan Rodgers has made one change to his line-up to take on Spurs, with Raheem Sterling replacing Joe Allen.
Pre Rodgers’ line-up to face Tottenham will be revealed at 3pm BST and the first place to get the confirmed team news will, of course, be the official website and our social media platforms.
Pre He explained: “I've got to say, the players on the outside of the starting XI have been absolutely first-class this week, trained remarkably well, kept their professionalism and concentration. They're offering great support to the players that are playing.”
Pre The boss reported no new injury worries at his pre-match press conference on Friday. In fact, he later stressed the important role of support being undertaken by the players not currently in the starting XI.
Pre There’s more! The Reds are unbeaten in their last 12 league games, winning 10 and drawing two. They have taken 32 points out of a possible 36. Indeed, Rodgers’ side have lost just five of their last 39 league games.
Pre No Liverpool manager has recorded his first 150 league goals exclusively in the top flight quicker than Rodgers - it was achieved in just his 68th game, at Cardiff City last weekend.
Pre How about this for a pre-match stat from Ged Rea? Liverpool strike duo Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have scored more league goals than 79 per cent of all the teams in the top five European leagues.
Pre A special guest will co-host the @LFC Twitter account during the match; Champions League winner Dietmar Hamann will offer his thoughts on proceedings and take questions from fans. Get involved by using the hashtag #AskDidi.
Pre Make sure you’re following the Reds’ various social media channels – including Facebook, Google+, Instagram and Twitter - throughout the day too, for further updates and exclusive, behind-the-scenes images.
Pre Build-up tothe 4pm BST kick-off begins on the club’s official television channel, LFC TV, from 3pm this afternoon, with pre-match interviews and analysis coming directly from Anfield.
Pre “It was amazing the other night, driving into the stadium and seeing all the flags, the banners and the vocal support,” the Northern Irishman continued. “It is really inspiring. If we can get the same this weekend, then make the ground as noisy as we can, then hopefully we can roar the players on to another victory.”
Pre He said: “Anfield is a real cauldron of an arena and with that army of supporters behind us, it gives us huge motivation to go on and win the game. Hopefully, we get that support again. We've got to take full advantage of that.”
Pre The Liverpool boss, meanwhile, spoke exclusively to ahead of the big game in L4, explaining why a repeat of the noise produced by fans against Sunderland in midweek could prove crucial in this latest contest.
Pre When the two sides last met, the Reds were rampant in recording a stunning 5-0 triumph at White Hart Lane in December; Andre Villas-Boas was subsequently removed and replaced by Tim Sherwood at the helm.
Pre You can follow every kick of the encounter right here, without having to refresh the page, via minute-by-minute text updates, live audio commentary, in-play Opta statistics and more.
Pre An eighth successive Premier League win for the home side, therefore, would carry Liverpool to the summit with just half-a-dozen fixtures remaining in the 2013-14 campaign.
Pre Brendan Rodgers’ side enjoyed a profitable day on Saturday without even playing, as Chelsea suffered a surprise defeat by Crystal Palace, while Arsenal and Manchester City battled to a draw.
Pre Welcome to the match centre on a huge day for Liverpool – the Reds host Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield with the knowledge that a draw or victory would take them top of the Barclays Premier League.