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

Liverpool

Kuyt (6)

Kuyt (90) P

2 - 0

Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur

Team Lineups

Liverpool

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

90
Goal
 

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

90
Penalty
 

Penalty to Liverpool as Bassong brings down Ngog in the box

90
Substitution
 

Stephen Darby comes on for Degen

87

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

85

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

83

Ngog fires the ball straight into the hands of Gomes

83

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

81
Yellow Card
 

Lucas picks up a booking for a cynical foul on Bale

80
Substitution
 

Sebastien Bassong comes on for King

80
Substitution
 

Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez comes on for Riera

78
Substitution
 

David Ngog comes on for Aquilani

78

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

76

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

73

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

71

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

70

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

67

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

65

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

64
Substitution
 

Robbie Keane comes on for Niko Kranjcar

64

Palacios fouls Mascherano needlessly and gives away a free kick

62

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

60
Substitution
 

Vedran Corluka comes off for Alan Hutton

60

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

57

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

56

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

53

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

51

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

49
Yellow Card
 

Palacios is booked after fouling Lucas

48

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

46

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

45

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

45

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

44

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

43

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

41

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

38
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

37

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

33
Yellow Card
 

Bale is booked for that challenge

33

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

32

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

30

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

28

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

26
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

23

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

21

Mascherano makes a rash challenge on Bale but escapes a booking

19

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

17

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

14

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

13

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

13

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

11

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

9

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

7

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

5
Goal
 

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

5

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

4

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

2

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

Kickoff
 

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.