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  • Kuyt (6), Kuyt (90 pen)
  • Date:2010-01-20
  • Kick-off:20:00
  • Venue:Anfield
  • Attendance:42016
  • Referee:Webb, H

Live Commentary

90mins

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

90mins

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

90mins

Penalty to Liverpool as Bassong brings down Ngog in the box

90mins

Stephen Darby comes on for Degen

87mins

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

85mins

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

83mins

Ngog fires the ball straight into the hands of Gomes

83mins

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

81mins

Lucas picks up a booking for a cynical foul on Bale

80mins

Sebastien Bassong comes on for King

80mins

Maximiliano Maxi Rodriguez comes on for Riera

78mins

David Ngog comes on for Aquilani

78mins

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

76mins

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

73mins

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

71mins

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

70mins

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

67mins

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

65mins

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

64mins

Robbie Keane comes on for Niko Kranjcar

64mins

Palacios fouls Mascherano needlessly and gives away a free kick

62mins

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

60mins

Vedran Corluka comes off for Alan Hutton

60mins

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

57mins

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

56mins

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

53mins

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

51mins

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

49mins

Palacios is booked after fouling Lucas

48mins

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

46mins

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

45mins

The second half is underway at Anfield

45mins

It's half time at Anfield

45mins

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

45mins

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

44mins

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

43mins

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

41mins

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

38mins

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

37mins

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

33mins

Bale is booked for that challenge

33mins

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

32mins

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

30mins

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

28mins

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

26mins

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

23mins

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

21mins

Mascherano makes a rash challenge on Bale but escapes a booking

19mins

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

17mins

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

14mins

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

13mins

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

13mins

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

11mins

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

9mins

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

7mins

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

5mins

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

5mins

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

4mins

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

2mins

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

0mins

The game is underway at Anfield

0mins

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

0mins

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

Match Preview

Beleaguered manager Rafael Benitez will be desperately hoping for a long overdue three points when his Liverpool side host another team with Champions League aspirations on Wednesday night.

Saturday's 1-1 draw with Stoke City left the ailing Reds down in seventh place in the table and four points adrift of Tottenham in the all-important fourth place.

Dismal league form - seven defeats from 21 games this season - and premature exits from both the Champions League and FA Cup have ratcheted up the pressure on Benitez, with some fans now beginning to openly question whether the Spaniard is the right man for the job.

Another defeat on Wednesday is almost unthinkable and Benitez must be ruing the timing of the injury blows to star duo Fernando Torres and Steven Gerrard.

Both will be absent from the teamsheet in midweek alongside Yossi Benayoun (rib) and Glen Johnson (knee), so the spotlight will once again fall on the much-criticised fringe members of the Reds squad.

Recent signing Maxi Rodriguez is likely to come into the starting line-up after a cameo appearance at Stoke following last week's arrival from Atletico Madrid.

Main summer signing Alberto Aquilani is also set to be called up from the substitute's bench to help fill the creative midfield void created by Gerrard's hamstring injury absence.

Meanwhile, Tottenham head north looking to bounce back from a disappointing goalless draw with Hull City on Saturday.

For Harry Redknapp, it was a poor way to celebrate his 500th Premier League game in charge as his Spurs side continue to struggle to take points off the bottom teams at White Hart Lane after previously suffering home defeats against Stoke and Wolves.

The one consolation for Redknapp was seeing his side keep their fifth successive clean sheet in the Premier League which equals a club record going back to 2001.

Peter Crouch could be drafted in to face his former club after Robbie Keane was preferred to the England striker at the weekend.

Aaron Lennon, Benoit Assou-Ekotto (both groin), Jonathan Woodgate (groin) and Carlo Cudicini (broken wrist) remain on the treatment table.


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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.

Liverpool

Tottenham Hotspur

Corners

23

Fouls

1118

Goal attempts

146

Shots off target

82

Offsides

24

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