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LIVERPOOL 3, SPURS 0

Posted on 23 September 2006  - 12:00

All the action from Saturday's Premiership loss against Liverpool at Anfield.

All the action from Saturday's Premiership loss against Liverpool at Anfield.

Jermain Defoe replaced Mido and partnered Robbie Keane up front. Mido was on the bench. Danny Murphy started against his former club.

THE KEY ACTION...

1min: Tainio flattened by Hyypia challenge, no yellow card.

3mins: Robinson out of area to hack clear from Gonzalez, Defoe under huge clearance, ball fell kindly but Hyypia over to make another robust but fair tackle, Defoe this time needing treatment, okay to continue.

8mins: Lovely link up play between Jenas and Keane down right, Jenas spun away from Riise, low cross fell sort and Reina collected.

12mins: CLOSE. King's headed clearance from Riise's throw hammered straight back on the full volley by Alonso from filly 30 yards, ball skidded across the box and just wide of Robinson's left-hand post.

15mins: Quick interchange between Murphy, Jenas and Defoe, Murphy then eye of the needle pass intended for Keane inches away from sending the striker through on goal, Hyypia there to make interception at full stretch.

23mins: Typical Riise thunderbolt from a free-kick, fully 35 yards out, ball swerved away from goal at the end.

25mins: CHANCE. Big chance as well - Murphy curled in free-kick from the right, King, unchallenged, centre of the goal, six yards out, failed to make clean connection with header and it sailed wide.

33mins: Defoe made interception in midfield, Keane then fine pass between Agger and Riise to Jenas, he went for spectaculat first time hit and ball ended up in Kop.

34mins: WOODWORK. Gonzalez inswinging corner met by flying Kuyt, volley deflected off Chimbdona onto left upright, loose ball fell to Sissoko who struck shot into ground, allowing Jenas to head clear.

35mins: PENALTY?/TACKLE. Gerrard tried his luck from distance, ball appeared to strike King's arm, no penalty awarded, but ball fell kindly for Bellamy - King there to make text book tackle in box.

38mins: Zokora beat Finnan and clipped in cross cleared by Riise, ball fell to Tainio on edge of box, he cracked low volley towards goal that Agger cleared.

44mins: Murphy led break from central midfield, had options left and right, went for Defoe, ball fractionally too far ahead and Reina out to save at feet.

44mins: SAVE. Liverpool broke straight away, Gonzalez clever flick released Bellamy on goal, left channel, low shot tipped wide by Robinson.

Half-time: Liverpool, Spurs 0

51mins: Patient build up from Liverpool, Alonso, Kuyt involved, ball eventually played square for Riise to strike but lashed high and wide from 25 yards.

52mins: CHANCE. Kuyt intitally fizzed in cross from right that Bellamy was inches away from, ball went all the way out to Gonzalez on left wing, fine cross aimed for Kuyt at far post but he and Bellamy got in each other's way and header looped onto roof of net.

55mins: Corner routine, Gerrard placed kick out to edge of box for Alonso to try luck, could only slice volley well wide.

60mins: SUB - SPURS. Davids for Tainio.

62mins: CHANCE. Even better than King's in first half. Davids inside to Defoe, he released Davids through on goal, left channel, took ball into area before squaring for supporting Jenas, sliding in, didn't get proper connection and ball dribbled agonisingly wide.

62mins: GOAL - LIVERPOOL. Predictably, play straight up our end after that miss, Gerrard beat Assou-Ekotto down right flank, drove in low cross that Bellamy somehow missed from three yards out, ball hit post and rebounded to Gonzalez to strike low shot into far corner.
Liverpool 1, Spurs 0

65mins: Cross from right, flicked header from Kuyt easily taken by Robinson.

67mins: SUB - LIVERPOOL. Garcia for Bellamy.

70mins: Robinson did well to make diving catch from Gerrard's low cross.

73mins: GOAL - LIVERPOOL. Garcia clipped pass through to Kuyt - played onside by Assou-Ekotto - as we hoped for a flag, Kuyt smashed past Robinson from 10 yards.
Liverpool 2, Spurs 0

76mins: SUB - LIVERPOOL. Aurelio for Gonzalez.

79mins: SUB - SPURS. Mido for Murphy.

83mins: SUB - LIVERPOOL. Carragher for Alonso.

84mins: CHANCE. Davids misplaced pass knocked forward to Kuyt on right, on his own up against King, took ball into area, cut on right foot, lashed wide.

89mins: GOAL - LIVERPOOL. Liverpool broke play up in their half, Garcia flicked to Riise, he travelled a few yards before unleashing ripper into far corner from 30 yards.
Liverpool 3, Spurs 0

Full-time: Liverpool 3, Spurs 0

LINE-UPS
Liverpool: Reina, Finnan, Hyypia, Agger, Riise, Gerrard, Gonzalez (Aurelio, 76), Alonso (Carragher, 83), Bellamy (Garcia, 67), Kuyt, Sissoko. Subs: Dudek, Crouch.

Spurs: Robinson, Chimbonda, Dawson, King, Assou-Ekotto, Jenas, Murphy (Mido, 79), Zokora, Tainio (Davids, 60), Keane, Defoe. Subs: Cerny, YP Lee, Huddlestone.

OFFICIALS
Referee: Mr H Webb. Assistants: Mr R Lewis, Mr R West. Fourth official: Mr G Salisbury.

ATTENDANCE
44,330