COMPETITION Premier League
DATE Tuesday 10th February 2015
VENUE Anfield






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PREDICTION Liverpool    1         Tottenham Hotspur    1
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Liverpool  3 (1)                                                                              Tottenham Hotspur  2 (1)
Premier League
Tuesday 10th February 2015                                                                                                  Kick off 20:00
Markovic  14m 10s 
Gerrard (p)  52m 33s
Balotelli  82m 41s
Kane 25m 30s
Dembele  60m 12s
Skrtel (foul on Kane) 40
Sakho (foul on Dembele)  45+1
Gerrard (foul on Kane)  60



Mason (foul on Markovic)  24
Eriksen (foul on Ibe) 28
Dembele (foul on Moreno) 63
Walker (foul on Can)  73
Paulinho (foul on Lallana)  88
Kane (arguing with Skrtel)  90+3


Crowd :   44,577 Weather :  Chilly
Referee :  Phil Dowd (Stoke-on-Trent) Assistant Referees :  Mr. D. Bryan; Mr. S. Ledger
Fourth Official :  Paul Tierney -
Liverpool kicked off and played towards the Kop end in the first half.
Game time : -  90+5 minutes.
Liverpool : kit Tottenham Hotspur : kit
22  Simon MIGNOLET

17  Mamadou SAKHO      
  Martin SKERTEL      
  Emre CAN

18  Alberto MORENO
8  Steven GERRARD (c)          (  6  Dejan LOVREN 68)

33  Jordon IBE
10  Phillipe COUTINHO
50  Lazar MARKOVIC    (20  Adam LALLANA 79)

15  Daniel STURRIDGE  (45  Mario BALOTELLI 74  )

Unused subs: 
Danny WARD

24  Joe ALLEN
9  Ricky LAMBERT

    1  Hugo LLORIS (c)

  2  Kyle WALKER     
15  Eric DIER
  3  Danny ROSE

38  Ryan MASON        (  8  PAULINHO 69    )
42  Nabil BENTALEB

11  Erik LAMELA
19  Mousa DEMBELE         (  9  Roberto SOLDADO 85)
23  Christian ERIKSEN
        (22  Nacer CHADLI 81)

18  Harry KANE       

Unused subs: 
13  Michel VORM
21  Federico FAZIO
17  Andros TOWNSEND

Manager :   Brendan Rodgers Manager :  Mauricio Pochettino
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Match report

Another game at Anfield and another loss.  Once more, I am not sure how it happened and at least we did score this time and ran Liverpool close, but a substitute's goal late in the game won it for them, which on the balance of the way the ball was running was about the right score, but with a little more fortune, we might have come home with something more than a 2-3 defeat ... but that is always unlikely when we travel to Liverpool.

Mauricio Pochettino stuck with the same starting eleven that began against Arsenal, despite that only being four days ago. Liverpool made changes to their line-up from the Merseyside derby, one which was enforced, with Sterling missing with a foot injury, allowing Sturridge to return for his first match since December.

Liverpool kicked off attacking the Kop and the early stages saw both sides trying to get forward.  When Lamela gave the ball away, it was quickly moved to Sturridge, but his final pass was far too far ahead of Coutinho in the box. Spurs moved the ball well to get Lamela going forward and his pass found Rose, but his shot was rushed and nearer the corner flag than the goal. Kane went down under challenge from Mignolet, who didn't touch the ball, but neither did Harry.

Spurs were loose with their passing again, when Mason gave it to Sturridge on the halfway line, but he reached the penalty area before shooting low across Lloris, but not out of his reach. Rose's foul on Ibe in the tenth minute, gave Liverpool a free kick five yards outside the penalty area. From it, Gerrard lined it up, but his shot curled a foot over the bar at the top corner of the net. The Reds had another chance when Sakho put Moreno away on the left, but his low cross was volleyed way too
high by Markovic. Hugo Lloris was called upon to make a sharp stop when Ibe got past Rose on the dead-ball line, pulled the ball back and it was laid into Sturridge's path by Markovic and his first time shot was beaten out by Lloris and cleared away by Dier.

Tottenham were not getting much time on the ball Until Bentaleb played in Eriksen, who slipped the ball right to Kane. He tried to take the ball past two defenders and the ball came out to Lamela, who slid it back and then it went on to Mason, who unleashed a low shot that Mignolet just about got behind. When the ball was kicked forward, Ibe got the ball in a challenge with Vertonghen and Markovic had the ball fall to him in space and he moved forward before hitting a bobbling low shot that Lloris could only get a palm to as it went beyond him into the bottom corner of the net. So, 15
minutes in and Spurs were behind.

Vertonghen went on a rampaging run that ended with the ball being played to Eriksen in the left hand side of the box, but Can dived in to block the Dane's low drive. The corner didn't amount to anything and then another soon after was played in by Eriksen to Dembele short. He played it back to Lamela, whose low cross flicked at goal by Kane, with it taking a deflection for another corner.  Looking composed in possession, they almost blew it when Bentaleb played the ball back beyond Dier and set Sturridge through. Eric made the ground up and got a challenge in that saw the Liverpool man shoot over the top, much to the Spurs fans' relief.

Harry Kane tried a 23rd minute effort from the halfway line when a Spurs tackle took the ball towards him,  but it was way off target.  Mason was the first player in the book for a foul on Markovic, but just before that Henderson did a tackle just as bad on Dembele, so it's funny how referees see things.

And it's funny how Harry Kane keeps knocking the goals in. A well worked move involving Lamela, who played a one-two with Eriksen and then reversed a pass to Kane, who let the ball run between his legs and left Sakho on his arse, giving him time to drill a low shot under the keeper in the 26th minute.

And its funny how away players get penalised harshly, when Ibe and Eriksen locked arms, it was the Spurs man who was given a yellow card.

Spurs moved the ball well when they broke and Dembele had a shot stopped before Eriksen put minute shot from just inside the Liverpool half when the ball broke to him, in a cross that Skrtel headed away. Spurs were getting free-kicks given against them for 50-50 challenges and Liverpool were making the most of the ball when on it. So were Tottenham and when Vertonghen brought the ball out and continued his run, Kane's cross was behind him and Dembele and not long enough for Lamela. When Liverpool intercepted a ball in the middle of the park, they played it forward to Markovic swiftly, with Lloris coming to the edge of his box, but the winger could not get the ball down to make the most of Hugo's position.

Tottenham were guilty of trying to thread the ball through an eye of a needle with the Liverpool defence packing in front of them and when one move broke down, the play moved to the Spurs end and Ibe cut inside to fire in a shot from outside the area that Hugo could only block out with his forearms and Jan tidied up by nodding the loose ball back to him. Surprisingly, Skrtel got a booking for going through the back of Harry Kane very late. From the free-kick, Spurs took it quickly and Mason slipped it through for Kane, whose shot was blocked by the goalie, but he was given offside, although later I saw that TV pictures showed him onside.

Bentaleb was not having a great time, having passed straight to Liverpool players a couple of times and then coming back inside to get tackled, when there were two players outside him to his right.  Dembele on the other hand was winning the ball and when Sakho tried to get too clever on the touchline, Mousa took the ball away and the Liverpool defender grabbed his leg with both hands to stop him getting away. While not the last man, it was cynical and professional. But Dowd only pulled out a yellow card.

Just before the break, Ibe got away on the Liverpool right and crossed into the six yard box, but Vertonghen was there to clear, but it hit Mason standing next to him and fell to Sturridge, who fashioned a back-heel that bounced out off the post. Lloris looked to have it covered and it was a great piece of invention from the England striker, but luck was in his favour by providing him with the opportunity.

It had been an open and attacking half of football and one in which both sides had also conceded possession. Would the second half be the same and would Spurs tire after the players had all played a shift against Arsenal at the weekend ? Or would Liverpool get caught pushing too many men forward ?

The second half started slowly and Spurs looked for a pass that would open up the Liverpool defence on their 18 yard line, but were crowded out. A foul throw was given against Walker, when Ibe had done the same in the same place in the first 45 minutes. Consistency ? ... No chance !

The second half started slowly and Spurs were looking to thread the ball through the eye of a needle of the Liverpool defence, as they packed in front of every Spurs attack.  When Sturridge moved into the box, Dowd took an age to give a penalty when Rose challenged him ... but that is the rule when we play at Anfield. The Gerrard took it and scored ... as is the rule when we play at Anfield.

So, 2-1 down when it looked like Spurs were reasonably comfortable. It looked along road back, but when Gerrard was penalised for a late tackle on Kane 25 yards out, it looked like Eriksen might rescue things again. He lined it up and struck a fine effort on target. Mignolet could only parry it to his right and Kane was there to play the ball back across goal, where Mousa Dembele put the ball into the net with his stomach, as Can couldn't clear. 2-2 and while the Liverpool players claimed they had been robbed with Dembele being offside, the ref ran back to the centre circle.

Gerrard had to limp off with a pulled hamstring and Sturridge wanted another penalty when Dier slid in, but Eric played the ball first and off for a corner. Dowd was still tallying up the yellow cards, as he put Walker in the book for pushing Can down. He ignored the arm thrown by the German midfielder.

The game was in a stagnant phase, with substitutions made and both teams failing to pick a final pass, but when Ibe slipped a pass through to Lallana in the box, his low ball across the face of the goal found substitute Balotelli knocking the ball home from close range. His first goal in over two years in the Premier League ... why is it always us !!

With just over five minutes, it was asking too much for Spurs to come back again. Their moves forward were picked off by Liverpool, as Dowd booked everyone in a white shirt that went near a Liverpool player. There were few bad tackles in the game, yet there were nine bookings ... one of which wasn't Lallana pulling back Rose 40 yards off the ball !! Dowd just had a laugh with him about it. Six of them were for Spurs ... one of which was against Kane when Skrtel mouthed off at him and he replied !! Seeing as how Skrtel has already been booked, there was little chance Dowd would show him yellow again on his home ground.

Anyway, four minutes of added time came and went, with Liverpool eating up as much time as possible over every dead ball, such was their desperation to win. Spurs didn't help themselves with some poor distribution in the final moments, but perhaps that was down to tiredness.

There was little in the match other than a couple of mistakes. Liverpool were lucky in taking the chances that presented themselves and Spurs can count themselves as unlucky that little bounced their way.

There wasn't quite the tempo to Tottenham's game, while Liverpool, with home advantage should be playing with more impetus. They were not as penetrating as you would have thought a side like Liverpool should be. Ibe was a problem all game, but Sturridge only showed flashes and players like Henderson and Gerrard looked like they were running in treacle a lot of the time. Coutinho was another who flattered to deceive and Markovic scored, but did little more. Enough I suppose if you are a Liverpool fan.

Tottenham suffered by giving the ball away too much and not closing players down when they got into the box. Sturridge could have been challenged before the foul for the penalty and Ibe's ball to Lallana saw the midfielder running through into space, which might not have happened on another day. Give that much time and space and you might suffer.

Kirk Hammerton



Liverpool did not always traditionally wear red kit, but after they saw Arbroath play in a pre-season friendly, they decided that they were going to take a tip from them and replicate their playing colours at Anfield.


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What you thought
East Stan What is all this with having Michael “Boring” Owen commentating on Liverpool games ?

He has little enlightening to say and is always so biased in their favour, claiming all the Liverpool yellow cards were harsh, while all the Spurs ones were bad tackles.

For an ex-England international, he has little insight and can't even see when goal-kicks should be corners. As for denouncing Can's smack in the face of Walker, he just laughed it off.

Shameful and surely the FA could do him with bringing the game into disrepute ?
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Other scores during this mid-week :
Arsenal 2 Leicester City 1 Tuesday
Hull City 2 Aston Villa 0 Tuesday
Sunderland 0 QPR 2 Tuesday
Chelsea 1 Everton 0 Wednesday
Crystal Palace 1 Newcastle United 1 Wednesday
Manchester United 3 Burnley 1 Wednesday
Southampton 0 West Ham United 0 Wednesday
Stoke City 1 Manchester City 4 Wednesday
West Bromwich Albion 2 Swansea City 0 Wednesday




League Table
  P W D L F A Pts GD
1 Chelsea 25 18 5 2 55 21 59 +34
2 Manchester City 25 15 7 3 51 25 52 +26
3 Southampton 25 14 4 7 38 17 46 +21
4 Arsenal 25 13 6 6 47 28 45 +20
5 Manchester United 25 13 8 4 43 24 47 +19
6 TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR 25 13 4 8 39 34 43 +5
7 Liverpool 25 12 6 7 36 29 42 +7
8 West Ham United 25 10 8 7 35 28 38 +7
9 Swansea City 25 9 7 9 28 33 34 -5
10 Stoke City 25 9 6 10 29 34 33 -5
11 Newcastle United 25 8 8 9 30 36 32 -6
12 Everton 25 6 9 10 32 35 27 -4
13 Crystal Palace 25 6 9 10 26 35 27 -8
14 West Bromwich Albion 25 6 8 11 24 34 26 -10
15 Sunderland 25 4 12 9 22 36 24 -14
16 Hull City 25 5 8 12 23 35 23 -12
17 QPR 25 6 4 15 26 42 22 -18
18 Aston Villa 25 5 7 13 12 34 22 -22
19 Burnley 25 4 9 12 24 43 21 -19
20 Leicester City 25 4 5 16 22 40 17 -18


Position before match :  5th
Position after match :  6th
Position after the weekend :

* Pub facts may not actually be true, but after a few pints everyone will think so.


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