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Disastrous Spurs own-goal puts Liverpool ahead under three minutes

Mar 30, 2014, 11:11 AM EST

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Would you know it, with Anfield buzzing, the Reds lead under three minutes into the match.

Tim Sherwood was left shaking his head on the bench as Younes Kaboul bungled a clear and the ball ended up in Hugo Lloris‘s net.

Raheem Sterling played through Glen Johnson, who rocketed past Christian Eriksen as the clock struck two minutes in, and he cut the ball in front of net.

With Daniel Sturridge lurking, the ball went through the legs of Jan Vertonghen and surprised Kaboul, who couldn’t get a good touch and instead clipped it into the net.

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The goal extend’s Liverpool’s Premier League record 52 first-half goals this season, and this game now marks the 22nd straight match where they have scored in the first half.

Since the goal Spurs have done all they can to slow the game down, with Liverpool blistering into the box on a number of occasions with just 10 minutes gone by.  Liverpool is using a high line to steal possession, and it’s causing Spurs all kinds of problems.

A streaking Sturridge nearly had a second for Liverpool as well, with a cross from Luis Suarez just inches too high for a leaping header.

Liverpool would go top of the league with a win over Tottenham, and with Chelsea and Manchester City both dropping points on Saturday the Reds control their own title destiny.

  1. jrocknstuff - Mar 30, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    If memory serves correctly Villas Boas was fired immediately after playing a high line against Liverpool at White Hart Lane and getting destroyed. Why would Tim Sherwood come into Anfield and hold a high line?

  2. thfc54 - Mar 30, 2014 at 4:55 PM

    Any time you start Kabul-Naughton over Dawson- Vertonghen you are asking for a lot of goals scored….Kabul own goal prime example.
    VAB was fired for a string of ties and defeats against “lesser squads”. TS is out the door for the same reason. What a disaster this season has been for us.

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