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As good as it gets

Posted on 18 September 2011  - 12:00

Harry Redknapp described our performance in the first half-hour against Liverpool as 'football at its very best'.

Harry Redknapp described our performance in the first half-hour against Liverpool as 'football at its very best'.

Luka Modric capped that opening spell with a wonderful opening goal as we eventually ran out 4-0 winners against the Reds in Sunday's Premier League encounter.

Liverpool ended the match with nine men after the dismissals of Charlie Adam on 28 minutes and Martin Skrtel just after the hour, both for two bookings.

But we were well on the way to victory by then.

Emmanuel Adebayor missed an early chance, Modric curled home his beauty from 20 yards and Pepe Reina got down well to palm away another Modric strike all inside the first 15 minutes.

Gareth Bale, at his electric best down the left, also provided crosses that Jermain Defoe attacked at the near post, stretching Liverpool to the limit.

Defoe missed another good chance before Skrtel's red card and then a quick one-two with Defoe and Adebayor on target put us 3-0 up and the issue beyond doubt. Adebayor's second with the final kick of the game was the icing on the cake.

"They couldn't live with us in that first 30 minutes," said Harry.

"I thought we played some fantastic football. We absolutely dominated, moved the ball around quickly and got the one goal but I felt we could have been two or three goals up at that stage.

"We moved the ball around the park, loads of movement, rotation, Niko coming off the line, Kyle Walker running in behind him - it was what we’d worked on.

"We were giving them problems everywhere. Gareth Bale, Niko, Scott Parker and Luka were running the game in midfield and they couldn’t contain Adebayor and Defoe.

"I was actually disappointed when Adam got sent off because we were so much in control of the game at that time with 11 against 11 that I was concerned that might change the way we play.

"We didn’t need that at that stage. With 10 men, they would sit people behind the ball, be dangerous on the counter with Suarez, I was quite happy with 11 against 11.

"I said to Kevin Bond 'this could change the game’ but luckily we kept going and the goals came."

Meanwhile, Harry reported that Niko Kranjcar came off at half-time with a tight hamstring. He was replaced by Rafa van der Vaart, who returned after suffering a hamstring injury himself against City on August 28.