Liverpool thrash Spurs to push AVB over the edge

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Andre Villas-Boas and Tottenham were left stunned on Sunday evening after bowing down to rampant Liverpool team, who left White Hart Lane with a 5-0 victory, leading to the head coach's dismissal on Monday morning.

On a rainy winter evening in north London, there was much expectation amongst supporters both home and away, but few could have predicted such a one-sided affair.

With Liverpool looking to capitalise on Arsenal's defeat at Manchester City, Spurs would have expected an attacking game from the visitors, and that is just what they got.

With Suarez starting as captain for Liverpool in the absence of Steven Gerrard in midfield, the emphasis was on him to continue his superb run of form, and lead the side from the front.  

And he did just that, getting on the score sheet with a brace himself as well as having a hand in the majority of Liverpool's chances.  

His exquisite finish for his second goal and Liverpool's fourth defined everything that is brilliant about his game.  

Latching onto a brilliant pass, and having the awareness are sharpness to know where a rushing Hugo Lloris was, resulted in a brilliant chip that ensured that this was going to be an afternoon to forget for Spurs.

Missing Gerrard in midfield would have had Spurs' tails up before the game, but good shifts from Lucas, Philippe Coutiniho and the man of the match Jordan Henderson.

His goal gave Liverpool a good 2-0 lead going in to the half-time break, and his contribution all round will have been noticed by many.  

Henderson has come on well under manager Brendan Rodgers and can now fill in as a central midfielder as well as using his pace out wide.

Liverpool were helped by the sending off of Pauliniho in the second half. One of the brighter signings of the summer, the Brazilian midfielder caught Suarez in the chest with a high foot and saw red with just under half an hour to play.  

And with 15 minutes remaining, Liverpool youngster and academy graduate John Flanagan made it three for the red side of the Mersey.  

Another youngster given his chance under Rodgers, Raheem Sterling grabbed the fifth following Suarez's excellent fourth, rounding off a brilliant day for Rodgers and Liverpool.

Spurs would have expected more of themselves given Liverpool were missing Gerrard and Sturridge, but they never showed any real attacking emphasis, and showed their shortfalls in defence once Pauliniho had been dismissed.  

And giving away five without reply shows that AVB's choice of leaving Roberto Soldado as their only main striker again clearly does not work as it should.  

There must come a time when AVB gives him and Defoe a chance to work together and give his midfield more to aim for in the box.

Soldado can hold the ball up brilliantly, and Defoe would feed off this like he has done in seasons past.

On the back of this result, Spurs will need to take a look at themselves and realise that they are a squad full of potential that is not producing as it should be.

More questions will come of AVB and his summer spending spree, and why the players brought in are not influencing the results as they should be.

For Liverpool, it is another great step in the right direction.

Having laid some solid foundations last season, Brendan Rodgers has built on that this season and sees his side riding high in second position.  

The return of Suarez has been revolutionary and again he has exceeded the high expectations that fall at his feet.

And with both Gerrard and Sturridge missing today, a five goal blitz at White Hart Lane will go a long way to boosting the sides confidence and leaves them in a terrific position during the festive period.

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