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24 May 2009 18:18:00

Reds finish unbeaten at home

Liverpool claimed runners-up spot in the Premier League and denied Tottenham European football with a 3-1 win at Anfield. Their unbeaten home stretch was extended to 30 games as Sami Hyypia bid a tearful farewell to Anfield after 10 years. Their goals came from Fernando Torres, Yossi Benayoun and an own goal from Alan Hutton, with Robbie Keane scoring for Spurs on his return to Anfield. Liverpool started quickly, with Steven Gerrard firing over from 25 yards. Torres sparked into life when he surged through from midfield, got himself clear in the box but saw his attempt to steer a shot wide of Heurelho Gomes thwarted by a defiant challenge by Jermaine Jenas. He did not have to wait long for the breakthrough. Kuyt's cross from the left sailed towards the far post where Hutton was the wrong side of Torres. The Spaniard rose to head in off the underside of the bar - his 50th goal for the club. Liverpool got their second when Benayoun's pass set up Kuyt for a shot from inside the box. It looked to be going wide but Hutton's outstretched foot turned the effort past Gomes. After 77 minutes, Keane was put clear by Luka Modric to calmly slot in his fifth goal for Spurs since returning to White Hart Lane from Anfield in January. Liverpool's third came when Gerrard passed to Benayoun, who eased his way into the box to clip the third past Gomes. Hyypia almost scored with a typical flying header from Aurelio's corner and at the end he was carried off by his team-mates.


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