Premier League - VIDEO: Bale scores comedy own goal of the season

Gareth Bale was the star man in Tottenham's 2-1 win over Liverpool but for more ways than one, as he scored a comedy own-goal in an otherwise exceptional performance.

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While leading 2-0, Bale inadvertently let Liverpool back in the game when Aaron Lennon tried to clear a goal bound header only for his slash at the ball to hit Bale in the face and rebounded into the goal.

However, Bale had already done plenty of damage by that time as he scored one goal and set up another.

So good was his performance that Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas admitted the club could struggle to hold onto the Welsh winger.

The fact that Bale signed a new contract last summer has not stopped Barcelona and Real Madrid being heavily linked with the 23-year-old, and Villas-Boas admits he may be powerless to stop the winger leaving.

"At the moment he is performing extremely well for Spurs and we are amazed at what he can do for us. He is on to a great career," Villas-Boas said. "

"Obviously Tottenham as a football club want to keep him here for as long as we can but we understand players like this have propositions and a market, which is the nature of the game."

Should either of the Spanish giants have had scouts at Wednesday night's game at White Hart Lane, they will have been impressed with Bale's outstanding performance if not his comedy own goal.