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Sunday, 31 August 2014

Spurs Outclassed

Three years verses three weeks so the result was no surprise but the manner of it was, Liverpool were simply better all over the park and in their approach to the game. They outclassed Spurs.

Spurs Outclassed


Liverpool started in exactly the same way they started games last season, come out fast, catch teams cold, knock them immediately out there stride so they it feels like they are playing catch up just to start the game, grab an early goal or two and control the game from there.

Mario Balotelli, who is twice the striker Emmanuel Adebayor is, should have put Liverpool one up in 2 minutes but a fine Hugo Lloris save prevented that and then he headed wide when he could have done better. They ripped us apart with ease the whole game and those remaining few who still think Younes Kaboul is a rock in defence need their heads examining.

You can not have a defence if one member of it throws everything out of kilter. After his last two performances he shouldn't have been playing in my book, Dier should have been at centre-back with Kyle Naughton restored to right-back. I can understand why Dier was kept at right-back of course but that meant playing Kaboul and a quality side exposed him for what he is, a liability.

Liverpool used our own high pressing game and we couldn't cope with it, we had no time on the ball at the back and had no composure, back was the sideways passing, yet Liverpool simply passed the ball around at the back when we did try and press, we couldn't get near them.

Spurs had 61% possession and created chances almost by luck. A good long ball from Bentaleb did put Adebayor in and he should have scored. However he put the ball way in the sky and onto the roof of thenet in an effort to lift it over the keeper. Another long ball in the air to Adebayor which everyone missed fell to an onrushing Chadli. He struck it powerfully straight at the keeper, one touch and he'd have had it on the floor to pick his slot, he had the time.

After failing to take those chances to square the game it was over really, we never looked like creating much and they looked like creating whenever they wanted to.

Andros Townsend made a greater impact than usual, he received the ball, lost it and they scored. Left-back Moreno running from midway in his own half into the penalty box unchallenged to hammer it into the far corner. Etienne Capoue was running back but not sprinting until it was too late and Younes Kaboul simply didn't come across. It was the softest of goals after gifting them a penalty at the start of the second half.

They could and should have had more while we were mentally shot to pieces. Lot's of work to do on the training ground and work to do in the transfer market before it shuts.

Spurs fans won't like Jamie Redknapp's tippy tappy comment but I can see where he is coming from, Spurs did look a tippy tappy side today. The international break and the it's up to Sunderland on Saturday 13th September when I'm expecting to see Federico Fazio in our defence.



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