Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers hailed his side’s performance as ‘exceptional’ after last season’s runners-up defeated Tottenham 3-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, Sky
A lot of the build-up to the game concerned the debut of Mario Balotelli in a Liverpool shirt, and he had several chances to open his Reds account, but failed to find the accuracy required to beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
However, his side took the lead after eight minutes, when Daniel Sturridge released Jordan Henderson to cross for Raheem Sterling, who rolled the ball home left-footed at the far post. Tottenham looked to respond and saw Emmanuel Adebayor lift a shot on to the roof of the net and Nacer Chadli see his effort saved by fellow Belgian Simon Mignolet.
The decisive moment in the game came early in the second half when Joe Allen was brought down for a penalty by Eric Dier, and the spot-kick was converted by Steven Gerrard. The win was rounded off on the hour mark when Liverpool summer signing Alberto Moreno scored a fine solo goal.
After the game, Rodgers was proud of the performance, saying: “I think that everything that could be good in our game, was there. Our organisation defensively was very strong, we played the diamond for the first hour and were a threat in between the lines in midfield, and obviously the two boys up front were fantastic.
“Our quality was exceptional. We got three goals and could maybe have had more. Defensively we were resolute, kept the lines tight together to minimise their chances, and closed the game out very well, so all round it was a great three points for us.”
Think you know your football? Share your knowledge, tips and comments to win cash prizes in OLBG’s tipster competition – £11,000 to be won monthly!