Raheem Sterling impressed in Liverpool's win over Tottenham

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Liverpool secured an easy win away at Tottenham for a second successive season on Sunday afternoon, as the Reds ran out 3-0 winners. Here are seven things we learned from the match...

Sterling continues to grow

At just 19, Raheem Sterling is fast becoming one of the Premier League's most exciting and best players. The youngster - playing in a new role behind the two strikers - was a menace for the Spurs defence, twisting and turning and using his pace to cause havoc. 

The England international bagged himself his second goal this season, smartly finishing Jordan Henderson's ball at the back post with his unfavoured left foot. Liverpool have a real player on their hands and Sterling has well and truly answered his manager's call for people to step up following the loss of Luis Suarez.

Playing either on the wing or behind the strikers, Sterling will only continue to improve and will put fear into each and every defender both in the Premier League and in Europe.

Balotelli looks a solid purchase

Many queried the purchase of the Italian bad-boy before he made his debut, including myself. However, we saw a different side of Balotelli during his debut - Super Mario worked hard, closing the ball down in the Tottenham defence and he was also there to help out his own team's backline.

He also looked more mature on the ball, holding it up and playing intelligent passes. Yes, the striker had a few chances go begging, but the former AC Milan man is fairly rusty and he will soon enough find his eye for goal again.

Sturridge needs to be patient

Three goals went in, however Liverpool's main striker did not get one. Nonetheless, Sturridge should not panic.

He was a threat throughout the game and looks to have matured this season. Goals will come for Sturridge - that's a given - but there were times when he was shooting when passing the ball was a better option. 

I agree that all strikers should be greedy, but on occasions releasing the ball was more suitable. The more Liverpool work the ball, the more likely it will find Sturridge to finish the end product.

Moreno is a bargain

He made a mistake for Manchester City's first goal last Monday night, however Alberto Moreno played out of his skin against Tottenham. 

The Spaniard looks the full package - he is quick and strong and I can't remember an occasion when somebody got past him on the home team's right-hand side. 

Not only defending, Moreno caused mayhem going forward and he combined his defending with attacking ability for the third goal when smartly dispossessed Andros Townsend and drove at the Tottenham back four, finishing past Hugo Lloris from a tight angle to wrap the points up.

Considering Manchester United paid £30 million for Luke Shaw, Moreno looks a very similar player for almost a third of the price and he has settled nicely into a red shirt.

Give Can a chance

I do not understand why Brendan Rodgers continues with Joe Allen in the centre of midfield. He offers little to the Liverpool team, and gets bullied off the ball far too easily. Yes, he won Liverpool's penalty, however that is about all he did for the period he was on the pitch.

Allen was replaced by Emre Can, who joined Anfield this summer for £10 million from Bayer Leverkusen. He looks a much bigger threat than the Welsh International, both attacking and defending. Can is a powerful centre-midfielder and showed his class when winning the ball and driving at the Spurs defence.

The German really does look a solid player and gets himself involved in the game. Liverpool, in their three opening games, have looked overrun in midfield at times and are crying out for an extra man like Can to help out.

Lovren must learn the art of communication

Despite keeping a clean sheet, it was by no means a perfect performance at the back.

Dejan Lovren has been drafted in to command the Liverpool defence, however he has yet to take that role on fully. He and new partner Mamadou Sakho became involved in a number of incidents that caused problems, including a chance handed to Nacer Chadli that went begging when the pair went to meet the same ball.

Lovren needs to inherit that Jamie Carragher voice that is missing from the side - loud, screaming at his defence so that he can be heard from row Z.

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Spurs look average

I'm sorry Tottenham fans, but your squad looks a poor one. Mauricio Pochettino has come in and changed the style of play, but the quality of the squad it just not good enough.

I feel for Christian Erikisen, who does his best to create chances, however he does not have much around him to help him out. Erik Lamela was out-muscled, Chadli couldn't do much to beat Javier Manquillo and Emmauel Adebayor is far too inconsistent.

If Spurs do not improve quickly, I predict that Hugo Lloris will be packing his bags in January, likewise Jan Vertonghen and possibly even Eriksen.

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