Reds regroup but too little to late after opening Spurs salvo.

 

Tottenham Hotspur 2

Lennon (7)   Bale (16)

 Liverpool 1

Bale (og) (72)

 They say get your retaliation in first. The last time Gareth Bale played against Liverpool, on our per seoson tour of the US,  he was injured after a tackle from Charlie Adam. Bale’s reaction was to call Adam a coward. It was a response that did Bale no favours and perhaps he should have just remained silent. Surely the opportunity for revenge would come along and it did tonight with the Welshman having a hand in all three goals, two of  them decisive!

 For us we played our part with some nice intricate stuff however after Spurs’ double blow it was always going to be too late? No doubt BR will chose to rue our luck and yes we did deserve more however, you have to take the opportunities you create and sadly, yet again, we didn’t. Scoring goals and taking chances are as much as part of the game as dominating possession and carving them out. BR isn’t stupid and must realise that and the sooner he tries to address this missing part of his jigsaw, the better.

 BR preserved with the Swansea line up which still meant Downing at left back and Henderson in midfield two picks that were as disappointing as it was pleasing to see the ever improving Jose Enrique in midfield.

 Liverpool wearing their black grey away kit because their all red clearly clashed with Spur’s all white (ridiculous and cynical), kicked off. However it was Spurs who made the pace with Gareth Bale seemingly having a hand in everything.

The first was a free kick that moved and swerved in the air meaning that Reina could only parry it upwards, we managed to win the resulting goal month scramble. Next Bale fired right across Reina’s goal after Gerrard had lost the ball to Defoe. The signs were there and it was no surprise that Lennon converted at Reina’s far post with  Downing, who should been tracking him, in dreamland. Bale again was involved supplying the cross goal pass after a long, barnstorming run that evaded four of our players.

We had our moments. Enrique fed the, in his eyes, the improving Henderson who, with Lloris committed, proceeded to fire wide with the goal gaping. Such wastefulness was bound to be punished, it was. Henderson again apparently upending Dempsey without even touching him! Bale stepped up to take the free kick this time Reina didn’t even sniff it let alone get any part his body near it. 

So damage done. Who would bet on us getting back into the game given our lack of consistency in front of goal? Full marks to us for holding our nerve and not being put off our game however, as seems to be the norm now, chances were created, enough of them to at least get back on level terms but not taken. Enrique, after good work from Johnson, produced a nice turn and shot that was easily saved by Lloris. Then a great move involving Suarez and Gerrard saw us carve out an excellent chance. However before Gerrard could pull the trigger Dembele felled him. As we were appealing for a penalty Suarez’s effort was cleared off the line by Walker. A penalty? I don’t think so football is a contact sport and it was simply fair rough and tumble in going for the ball?

The second half was more of the same as we impressively pulled Spurs around the pitch and frustrated the home crowd with our possession however, we were lacking the class to administer the killer blow either that or Spurs got bodies in the way Walker (again) on Enrique’s effort after a nice move involving Johnson and Sterling on the right. Nonetheless our recovery deserved some recognition but given our lack of accuracy it was no surprise that Spurs provided it! Shelvey’s corner was flicked on to Gerrard by Agger. Gerrard header was goal bound however Lennon was on the line to stop it only to see his clearance ricochet off Bale back into his net. 

The pressing continued Suarez blazed over after dogged work by Agger and then Enrique, from distance, produced an excellent half volley that blazed past Lloris’ right hand post. Suarez nearly had the final say with a penalty appeal after a tussle with Gallas. A penalty? Well it’s Suarez so the answer, rightly or wrongly, was always going to be “no”!  

Tottenham Hotspur: Lloris, Vertonghen, Gallas, Dawson, Walker, Dempsey (Sigurdsson – 63′ ), Lennon, Bale Booked, Sandro, Defoe, Dembele (Huddlestone – 88′ ) Substitutes: Friedel, Naughton, Huddlestone, Sigurdsson, Livermore, Townsend, Carroll

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Jose Enrique Booked, Agger, Skrtel Booked, Gerrard, Henderson (Shelvey – 63′ ), Downing (Assaidi – 78′ ), Allen, Sterling, Suarez Substitutes: Jones. Carragher, Wisdom, Sahin, Shelvey, Assaidi, Suso

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3 Responses to Reds regroup but too little to late after opening Spurs salvo.

  1. liverbird says:

    This is ridicilous…i hope leiva recovers quickly to partner allen…

    but we need some more bite in attack…with sterling on the right and suarez in front and gerard at the base of the attacking diamond we need someone better than enrique to deliver on the left side…walcott-> a poor man’s bale perhaps?

    we need another proven out and out striker too..how i wish we could buy falcao ..sigh…someone to partner suarez or at least able to relieve hm for some games..he is on a good run but for how long?he will also eventually tire..

    we need some power house wingers(1-2) and proven strikers(1-2) in january…borini obviously isnt going to cut it as an out and out goal scorer…assaidi is a work in progress..

    why arent we starting shelvey instead of gerard in more games??he is aggresive and assertive as a 2nd striker..

    why isnt nuri sahin starting more games?he and suarez seemed to connect well when they played together..instead of playing henderson sahin should be in his place..

    why isnt coates also playing more?we should alternate agger and give him some rest as he is very injury prone..

    We have good players but under used…please sell downing and joe cole by the way..deadweight..

    please fenway & rodgers invest well and aggresively in january.we need someone to bang the goals in!!!

  2. redfloyd says:

    Liverbird

    I agree with most of what you say however, is it all going to happen? A striker is the priority and the rest well I suspect we’ll see the usual wheeling and dealing patching up and making do. I think Enrique could be the revelation of the season in midfield. Gerrard we’ve seen it before hopefully he’ll have licence to go forward when Lucas returns?

    Walcott? No! Overrated and no footballing nous. Progress since he was young has been slow doesn’t seem to learn and unwilling or unable to put what experience he has gained to good use.

  3. murt says:

    murt Liverbird likewise i would like to think we are about to get in 3/4 decent players, but thats all a pipedream ,Rodgers only said last week the owners want to balance books,so its pretty much as we are i am afraid,Suarez needs help no doubt , Sahin has done nothing i.m.o.& looks to be more money wasted,Shelvey should start most matches in favour of Gerrard,We need to rid ourselves of rubbish like hendo ,downing ,cole & get in Huntelaaror or Bent on loan,I have faith in B.R style,we need an end product pretty footie does not automatically win anything just ask Wenger.

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