Premier League - Suarez inspires Liverpool to record defeat of 10-man Spurs

Premier League, White Hart Lane - Tottenham 0 Liverpool 5 (Luis Suarez 18, 84, Henderson 40, Flanagan 75, Sterling 89)

Luis Suarez inspired Liverpool to a record 5-0 home defeat of 10-man Tottenham at White Hart Lane.

The defeat was Spurs' biggest home thrashing since December 1997, when they lost 6-1 to Chelsea. Tottenham were miserable in the rain, and shed three more goals having lost Paulinho to a red card for a late, high boot on Suarez midway through the second half.

The result is sure to place huge pressure on home manager Andre Villas-Boas, coming only three weeks after his side were drubbed 6-0 by Manchester City.

While Spurs failed to manage a shot on target during a truly wretched outing, Suarez's two goals on 18 and 84 minutes increased his tally to 17 for the season. In comparison, Spurs have scored only 15 in the league this season as a team.

For the record, the highly impressive Jordan Henderson (40), Jon Flanagan (75) and Reheem Sterling (89) were the other Liverpool scorers, with Suarez involved in all five goals.

A Liverpool side suddenly looking like prospective champions are second in the table, ahead of Chelsea on goal difference and two points shy of leaders Arsenal. The five-goal winning margin is Liverpool's biggest ever at White Hart Lane. The previous record was a 4-0 win on 13 December 1975.

KEY MOMENTS

18’ – GOAL (Spurs 0-1 Liverpool): Suarez races onto a loose ball and takes his time before passing the ball into the corner of the net. Brilliant finish by Suarez. No chance for Lloris.

40' - GOAL (Spurs 0-2 Liverpool): Henderson thumps a volley into the net after Lloris had saved from Suarez. Brilliant attacking move, great goal. Liverpool lead 2-0.

48' - MISS: Real chance for Solado, but he goes for power and lifts the effort over the bar. Has to be better than that, the former Valencia man.

52' - POST: Sakho hits the post from the Sterling cross from two yards. Ball breaks to Skrtel, but he lifts a volley well over the bar from the rebound.

63' - RED CARD: Paulinho has been sent off for a planting a boot into the Suarez chest.

75' - GOAL (Spurs 0-3 Liverpool): Flanagan drives a delightful half-volley into the net. Suarez with the cross from the Henderson backheel. A glorious strike. In off the underside of the bar. A 3-0 lead now.

84' - GOAL (Spurs 0-4 Liverpool): Suarez lifts the ball over Lloris as he raced off his line. Brilliant finish from the Luis Alberto pass. And that is a 4-0 lead. Magical stuff from Liverpool here.

89' - GOAL (Spurs 0-5 Liverpool): Sterling slides the shot into the net from the Suarez pass. Spurs cut well and truly open. Another Suarez assist. A 5-0 lead for the visiting side.

KEY STATS

Liverpool have only beaten Spurs by a bigger goal margin once in top flight football: on 2 September 1978, when they won 7-0 at Anfield.

Liverpool win at Spurs for the first time in six matches, stretching back to 11 May 2008, when they won 2-0. Their total of 33 points is 11 more than they had at this point last season.

Liverpool have now scored three or more goals in three consecutive matches. Including today’s match, they have scored three or more goals in eight of eleven PL matches.

Paulinho receives Spurs first Premier League red card since November 17th 2012, when Adebayor was sent off against Arsenal in a 5-2 loss at the Emirates.

Infostrada

TALKING POINT: Will Andre Villas-Boas be fired after this humiliation? Doesn't look great for the Tottenham coach. Not only the defeat, but the nature of the loss. The red card of Paulinho probably enhanced Liverpool's winning margin, but the visiting side always looked sharper. There can be no excuses for failing to come up with a shot on target all afternoon. The grim face of chairman Daniel Levy looking on said enough. He didn't have to say anything else. Liverpool looked better than they are because of Tottenham's inadequacies. The home fans deserve much, much better than this level of output.

MAN OF THE MATCH

Luis Suarez (Liverpool) - Might not be as good as Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi, but he is hardly a poor third. Forget Franck Ribery, Suarez is out on his own as the third-best player in the world.

MATCHCAST: FULL COMMENTARY AND PLAYER RATINGS

PLAYER RATINGS

Tottenham: Lloris 5, Walker 4, Capoue 4, Dawson 3, Naughton 3, Paulinho 2, Sandro 4, Lennon 4, Dembele 3, Chadli 4, Soldado 3; Subs: Fryers 3, Holtby 4, Townsend 4

Liverpool: Mignolet 6, Flanagan 8, Sakho 8, Skrtel 7, Johnson 7, Allen 8, Lucas 7, Henderson 9, Sterling 9, Coutinho 8, Suarez 10; Subs: Moses 6, Alberto 6