Liverpool went down to their second defeat in as many weeks as they were thoroughly outplayed and thumped 4-0 by an impressive Tottenham Hotspur side. Tottenham were fantastic but Liverpool’s sloppy and abject display that ultimately allowed the home side to get all three points at a canter.
It was a psychological blow to Liverpool who are aiming to battle with Spurs for a top four finish. Kenny Dalglish will have some work to do this week to get this Liverpool side back to winning ways and the fans will certainly demand an improvement in their next league match.
There were a number of poor displays in a red shirt at White Hart Lane on Sunday afternoon, here are how the Liverpool players rated:
Pepe Reina 4 – He could do nothing about the first two Spurs goals, or even the fourth, but he made an uncharacteristic mistake for Spurs’ third goal after fumbling Defoe’s shot straight to Adebayor who finished well. As one of the commentators for the match said, ‘when Pepe Reina is making mistakes, you know it’s a bad day for Liverpool’.
Martin Skrtel 3 – The Slovakian had a torrid afternoon as he was unable to handle Gareth Bale on the left hand side, despite Dalglish saying he could prior to the match. Not a natural right-back and that showed as his positioning was off and he lacked the pace to keep up with Bale. To compound his afternoon he was sent off in the second half for a stupid late challenge on Bale, which put Liverpool down to nine-men.
Jamie Carragher 4 – He struggled with the pace and movement of Spurs’ front two of Adebayor and Defoe. Not one of his better days.
Daniel Agger 5 – Went off in the first half with yet another injury. Very unfortunate for him as he’s started the season well.
Jose Enrique 5 – He was given a stern test of his defensive capabilities by Spurs right-back Kyle Walker who burst forward at every opportunity and the Spaniard struggled to cope with him at times. But he got forward well himself and looked to make things happen.
Lucas 5 – The game seemed to pass him by as he was unable to do his usual job of breaking up play due to the dominance of the Spurs midfield.
Charlie Adam 3 – Effectively cost Liverpool the game with two silly fouls in the first half which led to his sending off. It was a poor performance from the Scot throughout the first half.
Jordan Henderson 4 – Didn’t affect the game in any way and he never looked like creating anything. He gave the ball away on several occasions and he still can’t seem to find his best position for Liverpool. He needs to offer a bit more to justify his £20 million price tag.
Stewart Downing 5 – The only Liverpool midfielder looking to run and commit people, but he wasn’t given much support and his efforts went to waste. Frustrating afternoon for the winger
Andy Carroll 4 – Yet another game goes by without the big centre forward getting his first goal of the season. To be fair to him he didn’t get the service he required but he struggled to link up with his team-mates, in particular his strike partner Luis Suarez, they seemed to be on different wavelengths throughout the match.
Luis Suarez 5 – Suarez had an incredibly frustrating afternoon as nothing went his way. He saw very little of the ball once Adam had been sent off and his frustrations led to him earning a yellow card for sarcastically applauding the linesman. He was evidently showing his displeasure with how the match was going by petulantly kicking the turf and throwing his arms about when a team-mate failed to give him the ball.
Sebastian Coates 5 – Came on for Agger in the first half and it was a difficult debut for the Uruguayan as Liverpool were already a goal down when he came on and a minute later they were a man down.
Craig Bellamy 5 – Came on when Liverpool were down to nine men and he didn’t see enough of the ball to influence the match.
Jay Spearing 5 – Didn’t really get many touches of the ball.