Liverpool moved to the top of the Barclays Premier League with a resounding 4-0 victory over Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.
Goals from Luis Suarez, Philippe Coutinho and Jordan Henderson followed an early own-goal to ensure a victory that sees the Reds extend their winning streak to eight games.
Brendan Rodgers made one change to his starting lineup – abandoning Joe Allen in favour of Raheem Sterling.
And as has happened frequently this season, Liverpool found themselves a goal to the good within minutes of kick-off. Glen Johnson managed to lose his man down the right side before firing a ball across the box that caught Younes Kaboul short-footed, and the Spurs defender turned the ball into his own net.
The opening exchanges were one-way traffic as the home side looked to assert their dominance. On 10 minutes it looked as though the Reds would double their lead, but the ball from Suarez to Daniel Sturridge was inches too high.
A second goal did come after 25 minutes, and it was Suarez celebrating his 29th league goal of the campaign. The Uruguayan did well to win possession near the halfway line, before fighting off two Spurs defenders and coolly slotting past Hugo Lloris into the far corner.
The visitors started to get involved in the game a little more, but on the whole the Reds continued to dominate. Home fans thought Suarez had added his second of the game with four minutes left of the half when he powered a header towards goal, but Lloris was able to respond with an excellent save to keep the ball out.
Liverpool started the second half as they had begun the first – on the offensive from the first whistle. The Kop rose in expectation on 53 minutes as Henderson found himself with the ball at his feet and the ‘keeper out of position, but the midfielder drove his shot over the bar.
Moments later though the third goal did arrive. Jon Flanagan started the move, cutting in to the middle of the pitch from his left-back slot. The ball was moved on to Coutinho, who moved quickly with the ball through the middle of the pitch before firing a shot from the edge of the box that nestled in the bottom corner.
Any hope of a Tottenham comeback was thrown on the scrapheap on 75 minutes, as Henderson rounded off the scoring for the Reds. Liverpool’s number 14 fired a free-kick into the box that eluded everyone and crept into the back of the net.
Belatedly Spurs started to see a fair share of possession – though no doubt the Liverpool players were saving their energy and the away side didn’t do too much with their improved share of the ball.
‘We’re gonna win the league’ was the chant going round Anfield, and after 3 minutes of injury time the final whistle went to confirm that the Reds climb to the top of the Premier League with just six games to go.