The bookmakers were expecting Sunday’s match at White Hart Lane to be a competitive clash, although Tottenham came out of the traps flying and the result was rarely in doubt after Luka Modric’s sublime 7th minute effort had given Spurs the lead.
Three more goals were added as Tottenham ran riot to win 4-0 and Liverpool finished the game with nine men after Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel were both sent off for two bookable offences.
The biggest surprise of the afternoon was how Harry Redknapp’s team were only 1-0 up at half-time after controlling the match for the most part, although Luis Suarez did have a goal ruled out for offside midway through the first half.
Even so, Luka Modric and Scott Parker were pulling the strings in the middle of the park and it was the latter that was felled by Adam on the edge of the penalty area which saw the referee reach for his pocket and issue the Scot with a second yellow card.
Gareth Bale was also giving Skrtel a torrid time on the left flank and the Slovakian was booked ten minutes before half-time, with the same player shown red in the 63rd minute which effectively put an end to any hopes that Liverpool had of getting back into the game.
Jermain Defoe slotted home to double Spurs’ advantage in the 66th minute and an error from Pepe Reina saw Emmanuel Adebayor add a third for Tottenham, with the same player adding gloss to the final scoreline by lashing home in injury-time.
Few Liverpool players came out of the match with any credit and Kenny Dalglish will have some long hard thinking to do after this mauling.