Tottenham Hotspur climbed several places in the 2011/12 Barclays Premier League table on game week four by beating Liverpool FC 4-0 at White Hart Lane in the early kick-off match played on Sunday 18th September 2011.
Spurs picked up the comfortable victory following three second half goals against a Liverpool side who were reduced to nine men for the final half hour of this match.
Tottenham, whose last home outing in the league had been a 1-5 humbling at the hands of Manchester City, got their season back on track in fine style early in this match. Luka Modric showed just why Spurs were so keen to keep their man in the summer transfer window: the ball fell to the Croatian around 5 metres outside the area after Defoe’s attempted control rolled away from the striker. Modric smashed an impressive, curling, right-footed shot which glanced the inside of Pepe Raina’s right-hand post en route to almost busting the net. 1-0 Spurs, with 7 minutes barely on the clock.
For Modric, all was forgiven, as fans roared away the depression of City’s visit a fortnight ago.
So the half would finish, with Spurs 1-0 up, but not before Charlie Adam, the Lierpool midfielder, had made the task of getting back on terms all the more difficult by picking up a second yellow card after just 27 minutes had passed, and being ordered from the pitch by referee Jones, following bookable fouls on Luka Modric and Scott Parker.
Liverpool began the second half a goal, and a player, behind, as a result.
Their task was made impossible within 25 second half minutes, when Martin Skrtel was sent off for his second bookable offence in the 63rd minute. When a Jermain Defoe goal on 66 minutes was added to by another from Adebayor two minutes later the writing was on the wall for nine man Liverpool, who retracted into their shells to prevent further damage.
Only Adebayor‘s second goal of the game, on 90+3 minutes would follow, moments before the final whistle blew to end a match most Liverpool fans would be only too happy to see the last of.
The result saw Tottenham rise to a provisional 11th place in the Barclays Premier League, with a game in hand over Liverpool, who slide to 8th place, just one point better than Spurs.
Tottenham look to be quickly exorcising the early season ghosts raised by the Manchester teams.