Both Liverpool and Tottenham failed to score in an insipid pre-season friendly in Baltimore which was only spiced up by a dangerous tackle on Gareth Bale by Charlie Adam.

Both sides had good chances throughout the match under the blazing Maryland sun, but the main talking point afterwards Adam's tackle, which prompted Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas to confront the Scot at half-time.

Bale got up after the challenge but was heavily limping and was replaced at half-time, with Villas-Boas confirming the Welshman's ankle was still in some serious discomfort after the game.

"I think it is a very nasty challenge from Charlie," the Tottenham manager said. "The player is gone and he comes in from behind on Gareth's ankle. I did not know the previous history between the two. I know now.

"It is a difficult one, to be fair. You do not want to end up in a game with Liverpool with 10 men. Charlie came to me and said something about the challenge.

"I can accept but I think he should go to the player to say sorry. Because if the player escapes hospital it is because he is very lucky. The last time he was out for three months and in the end it is the Premiership that suffers without a player of Bale's talent. I can never doubt Charlie's integrity but it is a very, very nasty challenge."

Tottenham created the better of the chances early on, with Aaron Lennon hitting the post and Gylfi Sigurdsson coming close, while Liverpool youngster Adam Morgan could have also broken the deadlock in the first half.

However the intense heat and unhelpful relaid grass pitch conspired to make the game something of a dud, with a decent work out the only real benefit either side will feel they gained.

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