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Jonjo Shelvey crosses the ball, clearance by Ledley King.
Jamie Carragher produces a cross, clearance by Michael Dawson.
Peter Crouch fouled by Martin Skrtel, the ref awards a free kick. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
Centre by Dirk Kuyt.
Dirk Kuyt takes a shot. Save by Carlo Cudicini.
Shot from just outside the box by Dirk Kuyt goes over the bar.
(Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Niko Kranjcar coming on for Steven Pienaar.
Steven Pienaar produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.
Joe Cole joins the action as a substitute, replacing Andrew Carroll.
Dirk Kuyt delivers the ball, save made by Carlo Cudicini.
Andrew Carroll takes a shot. Carlo Cudicini makes a save.
The ball is delivered by Luka Modric.
Jonjo Shelvey sends in a cross, Andrew Carroll produces a header from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
Unfair challenge on Dirk Kuyt by Steven Pienaar results in a free kick. Free kick crossed by Jonjo Shelvey.
(Tottenham) makes a substitution, with Sebastien Bassong coming on for Danny Rose.
Jermain Defoe fouled by Jamie Carragher, the ref awards a free kick. Michael Dawson takes the direct free kick.
Dirk Kuyt produces a right-footed shot from deep inside the area which goes wide of the left-hand post.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Peter Crouch.
David Ngog is brought on as a substitute for Rodriguez Maxi. Inswinging corner taken by Jonjo Shelvey from the left by-line played to the near post, Ledley King manages to make a clearance.
Jonjo Shelvey produces a cross, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
The ball is crossed by Jamie Carragher, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
Corner from the right by-line taken by Jonjo Shelvey, clearance made by Raniere Sandro.
Luka Modric takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
Corner taken short by Luka Modric.
Danny Rose delivers the ball, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
Foul by John Flanagan on Danny Rose, free kick awarded. John Flanagan is shown a yellow card for unsporting behaviour. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Jonjo Shelvey on Raniere Sandro. Younes Kaboul takes the direct free kick.
A cross is delivered by John Flanagan, clearance by Younes Kaboul.
The ball is delivered by Jonjo Shelvey.
Effort from outside the penalty box by Jonjo Shelvey goes wide right of the goal.
Shot from just outside the area by Peter Crouch misses to the left of the target.
Foul by John Flanagan on Luka Modric, free kick awarded. (Liverpool) makes a substitution, with Jonjo Shelvey coming on for Jay Spearing. Luka Modric restarts play with the free kick.
Luis Suarez takes a shot from just inside the penalty box which clears the bar.
The ball is delivered by Glen Johnson, clearance made by Steven Pienaar.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luis Suarez, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
Foul by Ledley King on Luis Suarez, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Luis Suarez.
The ball is delivered by John Flanagan.
A cross is delivered by Rodriguez Maxi, Danny Rose makes a clearance.
Dirk Kuyt sends in a cross, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Rodriguez Maxi, clearance made by Danny Rose.
John Flanagan gives away a Penalty for an unfair challenge on Steven Pienaar. Penalty taken right-footed by Luka Modric and scored. Liverpool 0-2 Tottenham.Assist by Steven Pienaar.
Martin Skrtel challenges Peter Crouch unfairly and gives away a free kick. Jermain Defoe on for Rafael Van der Vaart. Free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
Rafael Van der Vaart takes a shot. Jose Reina makes a save.
Inswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Luis Suarez, save by Carlo Cudicini.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Dirk Kuyt. Free kick taken by Jamie Carragher.
Foul by Leiva Lucas on Steven Pienaar, free kick awarded. Luka Modric takes the free kick.
Raniere Sandro concedes a free kick for a foul on Andrew Carroll. Raniere Sandro is cautioned by the ref for unsporting behaviour. Luis Suarez produces a shot on goal direct from the free kick.
The ball is delivered by Steven Pienaar.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Dirk Kuyt. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
The ball is crossed by Andrew Carroll.
Luis Suarez takes a outswinging corner to the near post.
The ball is swung over by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Michael Dawson.
Luis Suarez takes a inswinging corner from the left by-line to the near post, Peter Crouch manages to make a clearance.
Outswinging corner taken by Luis Suarez, clearance made by Luka Modric.
Outswinging corner taken by Luka Modric from the right by-line, Michael Dawson has a headed effort at goal from close in which goes wide left of the goal.
Rafael Van der Vaart sends in a cross, clearance made by Jay Spearing.
Andrew Carroll has a header from deep inside the six-yard box and clears the crossbar.
Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez from the left by-line, clearance made by Ledley King.
Jay Spearing produces a left-footed shot from the edge of the box and misses to the right of the target.
Foul by Dirk Kuyt on Danny Rose, free kick awarded. Carlo Cudicini restarts play with the free kick.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Michael Dawson on Luis Suarez. Direct free kick taken by Leiva Lucas.
Centre by Younes Kaboul, Andrew Carroll makes a clearance.
Foul by Jamie Carragher on Peter Crouch, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
Dirk Kuyt produces a cross, clearance by Michael Dawson. Inswinging corner taken by Luis Suarez from the left by-line played to the near post, Peter Crouch makes a clearance.
A cross is delivered by Andrew Carroll, Younes Kaboul makes a clearance.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Steven Pienaar on Glen Johnson. Luis Suarez delivers the ball from the free kick right-footed from left channel, Michael Dawson makes a clearance.
Corner taken right-footed by Luis Suarez from the right by-line, Michael Dawson manages to make a clearance.
Rafael Van der Vaart is penalised for a handball. Jamie Carragher takes the direct free kick.
Luis Suarez gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Michael Dawson. Luis Suarez goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour. Direct free kick taken by Michael Dawson.
The ball is crossed by Aaron Lennon, save made by Jose Reina.
Luka Modric takes a outswinging corner to the near post, John Flanagan makes a clearance.
Peter Crouch takes a shot. Blocked by Martin Skrtel.
Dirk Kuyt gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Danny Rose. Direct free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
The ball is sent over by Glen Johnson, save made by Carlo Cudicini.
The assistant referee flags for offside against Luis Suarez. Indirect free kick taken by Carlo Cudicini.
Rafael Van der Vaart gets on the score sheet with a goal from outside the penalty area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Liverpool 0-1 Tottenham.
Corner taken right-footed by Luka Modric from the right by-line, clearance by Martin Skrtel.
Rafael Van der Vaart has a shot on goal from outside the box which misses right.
Free kick awarded for a foul by Leiva Lucas on Danny Rose. Direct free kick taken by Luka Modric.
The ball is crossed by Rafael Van der Vaart, save by Jose Reina.
Inswinging corner taken left-footed by Rafael Van der Vaart played to the near post, John Flanagan manages to make a clearance.
The ball is delivered by Danny Rose, Glen Johnson makes a clearance.
Foul by Raniere Sandro on Rodriguez Maxi, free kick awarded. Leiva Lucas restarts play with the free kick.
Reds have Carroll in contention
Liverpool striker Andy Carroll could return to the squad to face Tottenham at Anfield on Sunday.
The #35million record signing has missed two of the last three matches with a knee injury sustained at Arsenal in mid-April but trained this week and may take his place on the bench.
Midfielder Raul Meireles was forced off with a minor injury in Monday's 5-2 demolition of Fulham but has also trained with the squad.
Tottenham defender William Gallas will miss out with a calf injury which looks to have ended his season.
Ledley King could feature at Anfield, though, after making a successful comeback from his groin problem during a reserves match in midweek.
Gareth Bale (ankle), Benoit Assou-Ekotto (hamstring), Heurelho Gomes (back) and Jermaine Jenas (thigh) are definitely out.
Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish has stressed it is not imperative for the club to spend big this summer.
Owners Fenway Sports Group are preparing for their first extended transfer window, having only bought the club last October, but showed in January they are prepared to sanction major spending when it is required.
Having sold Fernando Torres and Ryan Babel to Chelsea and Hoffenheim respectively, the Americans sanctioned the use of the #56million income to buy club record signings Andy Carroll and Luis Suarez for a combined #57.8million.
Now Dalglish has been confirmed as permanent manager, it is natural FSG will want to back the club icon as he looks to build on the success he has enjoyed since first taking over control of the team in January.
Liverpool have been linked with a whole host of players but, while there will be changes to the squad, the Reds boss has no desire to spend for the sake of it.
"Whether is it massively or cheaply, it doesn't make any difference as long as you spend well," said the 60-year-old, whose side can secure fifth place and Europa League football with a win over Tottenham.
"Budgets are all very well and good but it doesn't guarantee you anything.
"But as long as your players are playing well you have a chance.
"Like every other club there will be movement in and out and I am sure there will be plenty of speculation - some we might even recognise the names of.
"We will be doing business but the better we do the business the more successful we will be."
Director of football Damien Comolli is in charge of finding the players to bolster Dalglish's playing staff but he, like the manager, has been impressed by how the current squad have responded to the Scot's methods despite criticism earlier in the season they did not have enough quality.
"Players going out, coming in is the game but I think we have to respect what the current players have done this season and they have done tremendously since January," said the Frenchman.
"If you take the points average per game since January we are second in the league and that is a fantastic turnaround.
"There are two massive games we need to play and we need to focus on those rather than talk about who is going to come in and who is going to go out - that is for later.
"We know where we are going but we absolutely concentrate on this season."
Harry Redknapp has no regrets over his failure to sign Uruguay striker Luis Suarez.
The 24-year-old was on Redknapp's radar as the Spurs boss searched for a partner for Rafael van der Vaart, only to sign for Kenny Dalglish's team for #22.8million in January.
Adapting swiftly to the Premier league, Suarez has fired four goals in 11 appearances and Redknapp has been impressed with his progress.
"Suarez has done very well. We looked at him and kept looking at him. We talked about signing him," he said.
"People felt he couldn't play as a striker and I had Rafa.
"People said you can't play him and Rafa, you'd have two players who want to drop deep, so that was the problem.
"But he played up front on his own the other night at Fulham and was fantastic. He looks a top player.
"There's no regret that we didn't go in for him, that's how it goes. You can't sign everybody.
"We had Rafa and if anything we were looking for someone to play up front with Rafa.
"Suarez and Andy Carroll could be a real handful together next season."
Spurs ride luck to leapfrog Reds
Tottenham seized the advantage in the race for the final Europa League spot as Liverpool's first match since the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as permanent manager ended in a 2-0 defeat.
But referee Howard Webb could have been accused of having a helping hand in deciding the outcome with a series of questionable decisions which culminated in the award of a very favourable penalty for the visitors' second.
Rafael van der Vaart's volley had given Harry Redknapp's side an early lead only for Liverpool to wrest back control of the game until 11 minutes after the interval when Webb controversially pointed to the spot and Luka Modric converted.
Spurs moved a point ahead of their rivals into fifth place as they inflicted a first home defeat for Dalglish, who signed a three-year contract on Thursday, since he replaced Roy Hodgson in early January.
That formidable home record - 20 points from eight matches prior to this encounter - counted for little as the visitors took the early initiative on their way to their first Anfield victory in 19 games stretching back to 1986.
Injury robbed Dalglish of midfielder Raul Meireles, which meant he had to break up the recent successful partnership of Luis Suarez and Dirk Kuyt and bring in fit-again club record signing Andy Carroll.
It undoubtedly had a detrimental effect as the #35million England international lacks the mobility and energy of Kuyt in a front two and denied the Reds the high pressing game they have employed of late.
Spurs enjoyed their extra time on the ball and put it to good use in the early stages, dominating possession.
Van der Vaart fired well wide early on but the next time he did not disappoint with his ninth-minute shooting opportunity.
When Modric's right-wing corner skimmed off the head of Martin Skrtel he brought the ball under control with his first touch and with his second volleyed it over the crowd - helped by a deflection off Glen Johnson - past Jose Reina's left hand and into the far corner of the net.
In recent weeks everything had gone right for the Reds, unbeaten in five with 17 goals scored, but the opposite was true on this occasion.
Tottenham's closing down and tight marking prevented the hosts producing the flowing pass-and-move football which has returned under Dalglish.
The only stroke of fortune they enjoyed was the leniency of referee Howard Webb, who chose to only book Suarez for his petulant kick at Michael Dawson while he was on the floor having been angered by the defender's apparent dive to win a free-kick.
Having been brilliant in front of goal in the last month the knack appeared to have deserted Liverpool as Carroll slashed wildly at Maxi Rodriguez's pass and failed to connect properly while midfielder Jay Spearing bundled a shot wide with his weaker left foot.
The same should not have been expected of Carroll though, who wastefully headed over from six yards from Skrtel's cross.
Suarez was closer with a free-kick which flashed just wide on the stroke of half-time but the Reds needed a change as distinctive as Dalglish swapping his tracksuit for jacket and tie at the interval .
Van der Vaart lasted just five minutes into the second half before limping off to be replaced by Jermain Defoe.
Anger at Webb's officiating reached a peak in the 55th minute when he penalised John Flanagan for a foul on Pienaar when the offence appeared to be both outside the penalty area and in favour of the home side.
Modric struck home the spot-kick to give Tottenham a two-goal cushion they barely deserved.
Liverpool surged forward, enraged at the perceived injustice, and Suarez fired over from Flanagan's low cross while substitute Jonjo Shelvey was narrowly off target with a long-range effort.
Chasing the game Dalglish sent on David Ngog for Rodriguez, giving his side every opportunity to score with four strikers on the pitch.
Carroll's ineffectual display meant he was lucky to still be on when he managed his first shot on target in the 87th minute but Carlo Cudicini held it comfortably and the target man immediately replaced by Joe Cole.
Having missed out on the Champions League the Europa League may be of some consolation for Tottenham, if they can better Liverpool's result next week.
There has been an argument put forward that both sides would prefer to miss out on Europe's second-tier competition to concentrate on their league form next season.
Having tasted his first home defeat, and only the fourth of his second spell in charge, Dalglish is unlikely to be in agreement.
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