Two of the league's most upwardly mobile sides boasting the two biggest marquees met in a crucial encounter and the result left the Reds celebrating with Spurs justifiably ruing a match they should have won but lost.
FSG, Liverpool's owners appear to be atoning for past mistakes and bringing in transfers who are delivering. Some older names like Steward Downing are beginning to gel and the midfield seems to have gained a cutting edge with the induction of Phillipe Coutinho. There is greater ambition under Brendan Rodgers, whose parables seem finally enlightening. "I will leave no stone unturned in my quest - and that quest will be relentless." But all this remains peripheral when you have Luis Suarez and his definitive season. Liverpool has scored 56 goals, nine more than all of last season, and the Uruguayan leads the league with 22 as RVP has faded somewhat. He's been a monster, all bite, no bark.
The match began with Coutinho releasing Jose Enrique, and the left back had to take a couple of touches to slip the ball past Michael Dawson to find Suarez. Automatic. That was much against the run of play because Spurs till then had looked very comfortable dominating the ball. Gareth Bale finds whipping in unplayable long balls when he is not scoring, very relaxing, and Jan Vertonghen was the beneficiary on both scoring occasions, first through a header and then crashing in a shot after the ball came to him through a deflection. Gylfi Sigurdsson should have put in a third after Bale engaged in a breathless windmill of legs and hands for a cross but Brad Jones managed to deflect the Icelandic man's shot onto the upright.
Spurs up by a goal, all sunshine of the spotless mind, till Kyle Walker decides that the match is not exciting enough, sweeps a dawdling long back pass toward Hugo Lloris, who rushes late and desperately tries hoofing the ball out. Downing motoring ahead blocks the shot and the ball breaks kindly for him and he finishes nutmegging Michael Dawson with aplomb. The Reds took full advantage of another kind offering as Jermaine Defoe, off a Gerrard free kick disastrously clips the ball back into the box where Benoit Assou Ekotto is forced to bring down the slippery Suarez. No problem for Gerrard as he converts the penalty and the Reds win to sneak up behind Arsenal. This season is wide open for spots 3rd to 8th.