Liverpool, Spurs in stalemate

2012-02-07 06:59

Liverpool - Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur played out a cagey 0-0 draw in the Premier League at Anfield on Monday as Spurs defended stubbornly to deny the hosts victory.

Spurs stayed third and moved on to 50 points, seven behind leaders Manchester City and five adrift of champions Manchester United.

Liverpool remained seventh after welcoming back Uruguayan striker Luis Suarez who came on as a 66th-minute substitute following a nine-match absence which included an eight-game ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra.

Andy Carroll had Liverpool's best chance but skied a half-volley over the bar after 74 minutes and Spurs winger Gareth Bale fired straight at Pepe Reina after 85 minutes with only the Liverpool keeper to beat.

Spurs manager Harry Redknapp, who hoped to be at the match after the end of court proceedings in his tax evasion trial in London, was unable to get to Liverpool as his plane developed a technical fault and could not fly.

There were few chances at either end and one of the highlights of the first half was when a cat ran on to the pitch and caused a short delay.


  • Shivaskar - 2012-02-07 07:54

    Once again Liverpool fail to score. And their defensive passing is just a substitute for their lack of creativity upfront (i.e.: where games are won). This team is making a mountain of 4th place when Arsenal and Chelsea are having their worst seasons in the last decade. Should've been a cake walk yet they sit in 7th, and keep on missing opportunities to get ahead on points. Also 18 points of the leaders, by the end of the season the gulf will be 25 points plus. Wake-up Liverpool and stop the mediocrity.

      clarenceaprice - 2012-02-07 12:13

      wow i see you certainly know how to enjoy a football game.such frustration. wheres your loyalty and passion common lets hear you sing you'll never walk alone, dont over annalyze this game.lets move to the next mouth watering game jeez i cant wait to see liverpool destroy manu . YNWA LIVERPOOOOOOOOOOL

  • Sharmilen - 2012-02-07 09:26

    Aaah, I see you have at last woken up and realized what crap football your wonderful team plays. be sure to educate your fellow Scousers who keep dwelling on the 18titles.........which by the way is NOT a record anymore. I like the way you sure you didn't convert from supporting ManUtd to Liverpool?

      Shivaskar - 2012-02-07 10:05

      I support Liverpool, but I have to say it the way it is. I do not enjoy their football. Too much possession in their own half, too much backpasses to keeper, too easily lose the ball, their 1-2s hardly ever work out, they can't keep possession whilst moving forward simultaneously as a team. They hesitate to shoot from outside the box. Their wingers cannot take on and beat players. Their crossing quality is poor. How many years should it take to sort out these basics? Feels like eternity for Liverpool where their football is always riddled with inadequacies. Other fans will say I'm not a true supporter for what I say, when I feel all they do is protect the team instead of criticising them. That's why the team is forever struggling in the league, if the fans do not vent their frustrations, they will see no change. Winning the league cup is insignificant to finishing 4th, but I feel it's the other way around at the club. Lets see what they do at old trafford, they must show some championship quality and metal.

      Barrie - 2012-02-07 13:29

      hahaha... That's rich coming from a supporter of Manchester's second biggest club. Yip you have 19 league titles, well done, it's boring now. See what you say when we stuff you over the weekend, like we dumped you out the FA Cup.

  • aadil.esack - 2012-02-07 10:33

    oh boy, we totally outplay a title contender & some are not happy ? This spine of this Spurs team have been together for a few seasons now & are superb players, whereas this is basically an all new LFC squad, and yet we dominated - are you blind with regards to the progress ? Spurs say they are happy with the point whereas Kenny is not - that alone says alot Do you understand the term "team in transition" ? How on earth do you expect to be a title contender with a new team ? Look at Chelsea right now ... I'm not happy with the draw either, and yes we should score more, but I am with the performance. If things progress the way they currently are, we will have a title challenging squad within 2 seasons - mark my words We're back at Wembley, in the 5th round of the FA Cup & just 4 points off 4th, having already played 2 of the top 3, whereas our opponents have not - a year ago this time we were still recovering from being in the 2nd half of the table under old Woy & knocked out of both cups already Some people ...

      Shivaskar - 2012-02-07 10:56

      I do not see how a 'team in transition' is an explanation for why they pass in their own half, cannot cross, cannot take on players, hesitate to shoot outside the box......These are basics, teams like Swansea and Sunderland do the basics better than Liverpool. Can Liverpool put a run of wins like how Sunderland have in the last 9 games? I am still waiting to see them win 3 consecutive league games. And if they played like this when Benitez and Hodgson were managing the club, where is the improvement you speak of? It's like waiting for it to snow in Durban first before Liverpool look anything close to title contenders.

      Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-02-07 11:08

      Spurs went out looking to defend and maybe take Liverpool on the break... Spurs did not play their normal attacking game, which actually says a lot about the respect they have for Liverpool at home... But obviously, Spurs main goal this season is to get into the Champions League, so a third spot finish is what they desire more than anything else (the title win is not their goal and would only be a bonus if it happened....not having some key players fit did not help either)... So going to Liverpool and getting a draw was a good result for Spurs, altho it made for a pretty dull match... I just wish spurs would stop playin Adebayor... every time he got the ball last night, he managed to give it away to a liverpool player... even when he was passed th ball in the box, instead of shooting, he holds it up and passes it back to Modric... This is not the kind of striker Spurs need... how I miss Gary Lineker...

      aadil.esack - 2012-02-07 11:30

      you need to look at the fixtures - we've had to play both Manchester clubs (and we won both by the way), and high flying Spurs (who didn't score either last night), with Wolves in between, who we hammered easily. Look how much higher we press under Kenny. Look at the movement off the ball. Best defensive record in the league. Unbeaten at home in all competitions (remember getting knocked out at home last season to a 3rd division team ?) Look at the old "pass & move, the Liverpool groove" system which is back - the older player's need to adjust to the new system, and the new ones as well as they came from different clubs. If you mean backpasses to Reina fromthe defence, it's because Reina is more than a normal 'keeper, he is a "sweeper", i.e. look at his deliveries to the forwards. Earlier this season Spurs hammered us 4-0, and even before we got 2 reds, comfortably outplayed us. Last night, we outplayed them. Make no mistake, over the next few weeks the fixtures are TOUGH, and we can expect these kinds of results - but from March on, we should definitely manage 3 wins in a row in the league. IF we can get some big wins now, it's only going to help, but you need to be REALISTIC. Things take time. Even top of the table Man City have had the core of their squad for more than 2 seasons now, hence they are reaping the benefits. LFC are not about "only sing when you are winning" type supporters - and note, I said supporter's, not fans. BELIEVE !

      Bob - 2012-02-07 15:10

      Shivaskar, I'm guessing you have Indian heritage, historically a nation not exactly steeped in success at football and consequently their knowledge of the game, you my friend are living proof of that by your total idiotic understanding of the game, if you are not already, I suggest you go and support Scum Utd, there you will be in good company with the rest of their supporters, clueless.

      aadil.esack - 2012-02-07 15:52

      Bob, for what's it worth, I too am of "indian" origin. But I am a born & bred South African, and love my footie as much as anyone else. Have supported the Reds since I was like 7, even though my entire family are mancs. If you follow the LFC website, you will see the "Indian's" in Mumbai & how passionate they are about the Reds. Football does not know color

      Shivaskar - 2012-02-08 07:58

      Bob - dumbest comment I've ever read.

      Bob - 2012-02-08 09:43

      aadil, my comment was nothing to do with colour, my comment was more about Shivaskar's lack of understanding of the EPL, as a Liverpool supporter for some 50 years I am sick to death of so called Liverpool supporters knocking my club, my manager and my team, we are not City or Chelski, we do not follow we lead, we don't just go out with a heap of money and buy every foreign player that has gained some sort of reputation, look at what my manager has achieved in just over a year, from a club in crisis with a huge wage bill and shocking squad that was heading towards the relegation zone to our present state, we are not the finished product yet, we have been let down badly by Downing (fitting name) he is an experienced quality player that should have hit the ground running, most of our other signings are either successful or are young players that will improve dramatically with our superb coaching staff and the quality of players around them, stop knocking my LFC or go and support one of the instant success clubs that have open cheque books. YNWA

  • clarenceaprice - 2012-02-07 12:33

    When you walk through a storm hold your head up high And don’t be afraid of the dark. At the end of a storm is a golden sky And the sweet silver song of a lark. Walk on through the wind, Walk on through the rain, Tho’ your dreams be tossed and blown. Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart And you’ll never walk alone, You’ll never, ever walk alone. Walk on, walk on with hope in your heart And you’ll never walk alone, You’ll never, ever walk alone

  • ruben.maistry - 2012-02-07 15:22

    Andy Carroll? Is KD playing him to save face with a bad buy to the detriment of the club? The bliter Carroll cannot demand a salary with that kind of performance.Put him on loan, let him find his feet. We were fortunate that Bale did not score, well done Raina.

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