Tottenham 0, Liverpool 5 – 15th December 2013

Well, it doesn’t get much better than that does it? From someone who was fortunate enough to be in The Kop for the famous 7-0 victory against the Ossie Ardiles and Ricky Villa revitalised Tottenham back in 1978, the victory yesterday was up there with the 7-0 in terms of Liverpool’s overall performance and dominance.

The big question really is, how was it only 5-0? Liverpool absolutely battered Tottenham from start to finish. Our first half performance was brilliant and really our 2-0 lead should have been 4 or 5 at half-time. So many candidates for man of the match but that accolade quite rightly went to Jordan Henderson, who arguably had his best game in a Liverpool shirt.

I’ve been saying all season that Henderson should play the central role in the middle three in midfield as he has the legs to get box to box. Yesterday’s performance clearly showed his incredible work rate and in the absence of Steven Gerrard, he seemed to thrive on the added responsibility of bossing the game. He dominated the midfield and was ably assisted by Lucas and Allen in the middle along side him and in front of him Suarez, Coutinho and Sterling. The interchanging and the fluidity was incredible to watch at times. A good friend of mine is a Sunderland fan and he is always asking how Hendo is playing as all Sunderland fans still rate him very highly and want him to do well at Anfield. He said to me once that a Sunderland fan he knew said that 70% of the earth is covered by water and that Henderson will cover the rest.

Maybe lost in the fantastic attacking display was the fact we managed to keep a clean sheet. We have been leaking some daft goals recently but it was just as satisfying to see Simon Mignolet and the back four in front of him repel anything that Tottenham attempted. A special mention to young Jon Flanagan, who gave another solid defensive display and chipped in with that brilliant finish for our third goal. And didn’t he just enjoy scoring that goal. Well done, young Jon!!

Much has been made of the three tough December away fixtures and make no mistake White Hart Lane is a difficult place to go to so to negotiate the first of our three massive away fixtures so emphatically puts in good stead for first Cardiff at Anfield next Saturday, then a visit to the free-scoring Man City at Eastlands, followed by a trip to Stamford Bridge.

If we can get to January still in the top four then a few astute signings in the January transfer window will make things very interesting indeed.

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