• Date: Wed 20 January 2010
  • Venue: Anfield
  • Ref: Webb, H
  • Attendance: 42,016


Kuyt (6)

Kuyt (90) P

2 - 0

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

Team Lineups


Jose Manuel Reina
Sotirios Kyrgiakos
Emiliano Insua
Jamie Carragher
Philipp Degen (Stephen Darby, 90)
Martin Skrtel
Alberto Aquilani (David N'Gog, 79)
Albert Riera (Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez, 81)
Javier Mascherano
Leiva Lucas
Dirk Kuyt

Tottenham Hotspur

Heurelho Gomes
Gareth Bale
Michael Dawson
Vedran Corluka (Alan Hutton, 61)
Ledley King (Sebastien Bassong, 81)
Jermaine Jenas
Wilson Palacios
Luka Modric
Niko Kranjcar (Robbie Keane, 65)
Peter Crouch
Jermain Defoe

Match Report
Dirk Kuyt's double was enough for Liverpool to defeat Champions League rivals Tottenham 2-0 but only after Jermain Defoe's second-half effort had been controversially ruled out for offside. Liverpool move to within a point of fourth-placed Spurs as Kuyt struck on six minutes and with a stoppage-time penalty to ease the pressure on under-fire manager Rafael Benitez. However Spurs will rue their inability to convert possession into chances and were left fuming that Defoe's goal soon after the break was disallowed. Tottenham, searching for the first league win at Anfield since 1993, had the first sight of goal when Gareth Bale's dangerous whipped cross was only just dealt with by Pepe Reina. But straight from Reina's clearance Liverpool breached the Spurs rearguard for the first time in over ten-and-a-half hours of football. Centre-back Michael Dawson failed to deal with the first ball allowing Kuyt to exchange passes with Alberto Aquilani before brilliantly sidefooting past Heurelho Gomes from the edge of the area. Nearly all the remaining first-half action was concentrated in the final moments as Martin Skrtel blazed over from close range before Luka Modric's low shot was kept out by Reina's smart save. The game's moment of controversy came just after half-time when Defoe, who was coming back from an offside position, dispossessed Reina from Sotirios Kyrgiakos' pass before turning the ball into the net only for the linesman's flag to rule the goal out. Spurs protested that Defoe had become active but Liverpool nearly doubled their lead moments later as Albert Riera jumped high to head Jamie Carragher's cross against the bar. Despite being on the back foot for most of the game, Liverpool should have wrapped up the victory as substitute David N'Gog, Kuyt and Kyrgiakos missed simple chances late on. But when N'Gog was brought down by Sebastien Bassong in the penalty area, Kuyt - at the second time of asking - made no mistake from the spot to raise the roof at Anfield.
Live Text Commentary
Full time

The final whistle blows at Anfield with Liverpool deserving of this win


On his second attempt at the spot kick, Kuyt smacks the ball home to put Liverpool 2-0 up


Penalty to Liverpool as Bassong brings down Ngog in the box


Stephen Darby comes on for Degen


Kyrgiakos shoots under no pressure from Spurs but Gomes makes a good save from close range. Liverpool should have added at least one more goal in these last few minutes


Ngog dances past Bassong and shoots at goal. Gomes does well to make the save. Shortly after, the ball falls to Kuyt in front of goal but he misses this golden chance


Ngog fires the ball straight into the hands of Gomes


Hutton plays a good ball into the box but there's nobody there to meet it for Spurs

Yellow Card

Lucas picks up a booking for a cynical foul on Bale


Sebastien Bassong comes on for King


Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez comes on for Riera


David Ngog comes on for Aquilani


Bale crosses from the left. Hutton meets the ball on the volley but his effort goes just wide


Modric takes a corner for Spurs. It is well cleared by Aquilani under pressure from King


Riera's powerful shot from distance goes narrowly wide. He's had a very good game


Degen flicks the ball on for Kuyt from a free kick, and he sends a shot just wide from a difficult angle


Tension is mounting at Anfield and Liverpool need to calm their play down


Liverpool look in desperate need of a second goal. They are just sitting back now and protecting their lead but Spurs look dangerous


Kuyt plays in Degen in the box and he really should get his shot away with no pressure from the Spurs defence. He chooses to pass it back to Kuyt instead and wastes a great chance


Robbie Keane comes on for Niko Kranjcar


Palacios fouls Mascherano needlessly and gives away a free kick


Bale bombs into the box but takes one touch too many and runs out of space for the cross


Vedran Corluka comes off for Alan Hutton


Liverpool have started to settle into this game again, with some nice play from Kuyt and Riera


This is a good spell of pressure from Spurs, as Jenas hits a beautiful strike towards goal, which is batted away with one hand by Reina


Crouch tries to control the ball in the box but Liverpool crowd him out


Defoe sets up Modric, who skews a shot towards goal, which is easily saved


Riera's header hits the bar from a cross from the right. The ball eventually comes out to Mascherano but he sends his shot wide

Yellow Card

Palacios is booked after fouling Lucas


Riera's free kick goes just over the bar, with Gomes at full stretch


Spurs have a goal disallowed. The linesman flags very late for offside as Defoe puts the ball into the back of the net after a mistake from Reina. Controversial stuff early in this half

Second half

The second half is underway at Anfield

Half time

It's half time at Anfield


Modric has a great chance to score after being played in by Palacios but he shoots straight at Reina


Kuyt's header from close range is blocked by a Spurs defender. The ball comes out to Skrtel but he blazes a shot just over the bar


Riera whips the ball into the box but Kyrgiakos can't quite get enough direction on his shot to force a save


Albert Riera takes a free kick from the right for Liverpool and forces Heurelho Gomes to make a good save


Alberto Aquilani does brilliantly to win the ball back for Liverpool but Spurs have too many players back for him to create a chance

Yellow Card

Crouch tries to run through the middle of the Liverpool defence with the ball but is sent tumbling by Mascherano, who picks up a booking


A slightly scrappy few minutes, but Liverpool are still working hard to protect their lead

Yellow Card

Bale is booked for that challenge


Degen clashes with Bale in what looks like a nasty challenge. The two managers seem to have words on the touchline about who the guilty party was in that challenge


Lucas plays in Degen in a promising position but he's flagged offside


Defoe tries to make space in the box but Martin Skrtel stands firm to deny him the chance


Defoe is told to calm down after a late challenge on Degen. Could have been a booking there

Yellow Card

Bale tries to create a chance for Spurs down the left but it comes to nothing and Philipp Degen can break with the ball. He's brought down by Jenas, who is booked for his troubles


Bale's shot from distance drifts harmlessly wide. This has been a good response from Spurs, who have enjoyed plenty of possession


Mascherano makes a rash challenge on Bale but escapes a booking


Luka Modric crosses from the right but the ball takes a deflection and goes out for a corner, which Liverpool eventually clear


Lucas Leiva runs into the box with the ball but is crowded out by the Spurs defenders


Spurs play the ball around in midfield nicely. Defoe passes to Niko Kranjcar on the left but the ball is overhit slightly and the chance is wasted


Crouch heads the ball down in the box but Liverpool clear with ease once again


Kuyt is injured after clashing with Ledley King but he should be OK to continue after receiving some treatment


Michael Dawson plays the ball against Wilson Palacios and the ball nearly falls into the path of a Liverpool player outside the box. Nervous play from Spurs there


Jermaine Jenas attempts to make some space on the right for Spurs but is crowded out by Javier Mascherano


The Liverpool crowd are getting right behind the side now and their team are giving them reason to be cheerful


Dirk Kuyt scores with a deft finish from just outside the box after good work from Alberto Aquilani


Good chance for Spurs. Gareth Bale crosses and Kyrgiakos makes a mess of the clearance. Any touch from a player would have resulted in a goal


Crouch once again poses an aerial threat in the box, this time from a free kick, but Sotirios Kyrgiakos does well to clear the danger


It's been a lively start at Anfield, with Liverpool looking bright and Spurs hitting on the break, as Peter Crouch tries to play in Jermain Defoe with a cushioned header


The game is underway at Anfield

Awaiting Kickoff

Liverpool and Tottenham will both want to win this crucial battle in the race for a top four finish

Awaiting Kickoff

Liverpool face Tottenham at 8pm on Wednesday, January 20th.