Ahead of this Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off, here are my top five Liverpool’s victories against Tottenham Hostpur in the Premier League era.
Liverpool 6-2 Tottenham Hotspur – 08th May 1993
What better way to start than with the Reds’ first ever Premier League win over the North Londoners. Ian Rush opened the scoring for the home side in the twentieth minute, a landmark goal for the Welshman as it was his 300th for Liverpool. John Barnes then doubled the lead with a bullet header on the stroke of half-time.
Doug Livermore’s side managed to pull one back just minutes after the restart with a clinical finish from Teddy Sheringham, however a Stuart Nethercott own goal shortly after regained the Reds’ two goal lead. The deficit was once again reduced thanks to a thunderous strike from Steve Sedgley for the visitors with thirteen minutes to go. However it only proved to be a consolation as Graeme Souness’ team went onto score three times in the last eight minutes. A Mark Walters penalty, and second goals for both Rush and Barnes completed the rout.
Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur – 08th November 1997
Skip forward four years and here is another Anfield thumping for the visitors. After a quiet opening forty-five, the Reds more than came alive after the break. Just two minutes after the break, Ian Walker failed to keep hold of Jamie Redknapp’s low drive before Steve McManaman was on hand to fire in the rebound. Moments later Roy Evans’ side doubled their lead thanks to another rebound.
Norweigan midfielder Oyvind Leonhardsen curled into the bottom corner after Robbie Fowler’s initial effort was stopped by Walker. A then 24-year-old Jamie Redknapp made it three for Liverpool with an unstoppable hit from the edge of the box. Minutes before the final whistle, an exquisite Paul Ince pass found the run of Michael Owen who managed to get past Walker and score his first senior goal at Anfield. Owen went onto score 23 goals that season, and 158 in total during his time at the Reds.
Tottenham Hotspur 0-5 Liverpool – 15th December 2013
For me this is one of the best Reds performances I have ever witnessed. After struggling to cope with the loss of Gareth Bale in the summer, Spurs looked a completely different team to the one that finished fifth the campaign before. As for Liverpool, they were looking to reestablish themselves as one of the elite following a season in which they finished seventh. From the first whistle, Liverpool were completely dominant and it was a real surprise it took eighteen minutes for them to take the lead. Luis Suarez, who was captain in the absence of Steven Gerrard, breezed past the Tottenham defence before firing into the bottom corner. Just minutes before the break, the visitors managed to make it two thanks to volley from Jordan Henderson. The now current captain’s shot was initially stopped by Hugo Lloris. The Frenchman then again saved from Suarez before Henderson smashed the ball home as it dropped to double the Reds’ lead.
Tottenham’s mission to get back into the encounter was made harder after the break when they were reduced to ten-men. Summer signing Paulinho lunged in high on Suarez which led to Jonathan Moss giving the Brazilian his marching orders. The man advantage further increased Brendan Rodgers’ team’s dominance on the game and with fifteen minutes to go Jon Flanagan made it three. Suarez’s chipped ball found the run of the Scouse full-back whose first-time volley rocketed into the top corner. A second goal from Suarez and late finish from Raheem Sterling completed the rout to lift the Reds to second place in the Premier League table.
Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham Hotspur – 30th March 2014
The penultimate result comes from the very same season and once again, Liverpool ran riot. With seven games of the campaign to go, three points would take the Merseysiders above Chelsea and back to the top of the table. With less than two minutes on the clock, the home side took the lead thanks to an own goal from Younes Kaboul. A typical storming run down the right from Glen Johnson saw his cross deflect off Jan Vertonghen before Kaboul converted it past Hugo Lloris. The visitors looked so poor at the back and it was no surprise that Liverpool managed to double their lead midway through the half thanks to Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan dispossessed Michael Dawson who dawdling on the ball before racing clear and driving home past Lloris. It was a 29th goal of the season for Suarez who would complete a big money move to Barcelona just four months later.
His now Barca teammate Philippe Coutinho made it 3-0 after the restart. The Brazilian burst through the midfield and arrowed a low drive beyond the ‘keeper and into the bottom corner. The victory was complete twenty minutes later when Jordan Henderson’s free-kick flew through a handful of bodies before hitting the back of the net to make it four. Despite flying back to the top of the table and being strong favourites to go on and win the title, the Reds collapsed and in the end had to settle for a disappointing second place.
Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham Hotspur – 10th February 2015
Unlike the other results which were comfortable wins, this victory was a lot tighter but certainly one of the best for entertainment. The Reds took the lead in the fifteenth minute with a first Anfield league goal from summer signing Lazar Markovic. The Serb collected the ball from Daniel Sturridge before striking past Hugo Lloris, who could only get fingertips on his dragged effort. Mauricio Pochettino’s side were back level within ten minutes though thanks to a goal from the inform Harry Kane. The then 21-year-old turned Mamadou Sakho before firing beyond Simon Mignolet to grab his twelfth in fifteen games.
Liverpool did though manage to regain their lead minutes after the restart after Sturridge was brought down in the box by Danny Rose. Captain Steven Gerrard stepped up in typical fashion to smash the ball into the top corner. Tottenham managed to show their resilience once again on the hour mark when Mousa Dembele got Spurs level for the second time. Christian Eriksen’s free-kick was saved by Mignolet before it fell to Kane who squared for the Belgian midfielder to chest home.
As the clock ticked down it looked as though both sides would have to settle for a point. That was until the eighty-third minute when substitute Mario Balotelli managed to put the Reds in front for a third time. Adam Lallana’s low cross found the run of the Italian who prodded home in front of the Anfield Road end to score his first league goal in a Liverpool shirt. The three points moved Brendan Rodgers’ side to within one point of sixth placed Tottenham, the same position where the Reds would would eventually finish. As for Spurs, they finished a place ahead in fifth.