Spurs 1 Liverpool 2
Match report

After crushing Carling Cup holders Tottenham Hotspur on their own turf on Wednesday night, Liverpool remain red-hot favourites to achieve the seemingly impossible and bring all four major trophies home to Anfield by May 2009. Add that to the Charity Shield and European Super-Cup already scooped up at the start of the season (NB Robbo can you check these details for us? cheers mate, Mick) and it's clear to see why 2009 is already being billed as the year of the Scouse Sextuple.

Daniel Plessis broke the deadlock just after the break with a splendid headed goal from a corner past the previously watertight hands of Heurelho Gomes. Spurs scrambled a fortunate equaliser that owed much to a deflection off Sami "no pasarán" Hyypia. But frankly it was only a matter of time before the home side succumbed, and it was Sami himself who scored the winner, again penetrating the seemingly impregnable fortress that Gomes constructs to defend corners.

Wise football pundits had decided before the game that Spurs would flood the defence and that it would be advisable to spend the first 45 minutes in the pub. This proved to be an excellent decision as all the goals came in the second half.

Now it's the turn of Bolton to be slaughtered. The Wanderers visit Anfield on Saturday to try to put a dent in the only 100% record left in the League. (Robbo are we deffo at home on Satdy mate? - Mick)

Mick Barry

Liverpool head into Saturday’s game against newly promoted West Brom looking to bounce back from a first league defeat at White Hart Lane last weekend. After dominating proceedings against struggling Spurs and creating enough chances to win 3 matches the table toppers somehow contrived to come away empty handed after Roman Pavlychenko sealed a late victory for Harry Redknapp’s men.

Liverpool took an early lead when the in-form Dutchman, Dirk Kuyt, fired into the roof of the net from a tight angle after good work from £20M striker and former Gypsy fighting champion, Robbie Keane. Disfigured Dirk seems to have rediscovered his scoring touch with his fourth goal in as many matches. For the next hour Rafa Benitez’ side played some wonderful football creating oodles of oppurtunities without putting any away. Several players were guilty of missing gilt edged chances the best of which fell to gay pin-up, Xabi Alonso, who missed a free header from 4 yards with the goal gaping like Sol Campbell’s arsehole after a night with a couple of his double ended friends.

The introduction of Aaron Lennon for the homeside seemed to Spur(sorry) them into life and eventually Liverpool were made pay for their earlier profligacy in front of goal when Jamie Carragher headed into his own net for the 3rd goal of his Tottenham career. However, Liverpool continued to dominate but couldn’t seem to breakdown a resilient Spurs team with Captain Ledley King back in their defensive ranks. With 2 minutes remaining Pepe Reina made a superb save from a shot by Lennon only to see the ball picked up on the byline by David Bentley whose early cross was met at the front post by Pavlychenko, who made no mistake from 6 yards. It was the most unlikely of victorys for Harry Redknapp’s side and coupled with their injury time equaliser at the Emirates four days previous sealed an excellent start to his tenure as Spurs boss.

Midweek, the reds hosted Athletico Madrid in the fourth round of the Champions league qualifiers. With both sides likely to qualify regardless of the result, the home side looked lethargic and never really got going on the night. It was a very poor performance which also served to highlight a lack of real strength in depth in the Liverpool side with the introduction the decidedly average Brazilian defensive midfielder, Lucas Leiva whose chances of impressing must be running quite thin by now and Pepperami-like French Striker, David Ngog, who seems to be rawer than a bold altar boy's backside.

After Maxi Rodriguez opened the scoring for Athleti inside 25 minutes the best chances Liverpool created fell to central defender, Daniel Agger, who duly squandered each one. Only a dubious injury time penalty , which Steven Gerrard expertly dispatched, could spare the blushes after a wholly inept performance all round. The result does leave the Reds in an excellent position, needing only 1 point from their remaining 2 games to qualify for the last 16.

Anything less than 3 points against lowly West Brom will be disastrous for the title ambitions of the Anfield men who will be looking to respond after last weeks defeat and a poor showing in the Champions league. It shouldn't be a problem though as West Brom are fucking shite.

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