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Barclays Premier League, Monday 6th February 2012, Anfield, 20:00pm

Liverpool FC 0-0 Tottenham Hotspur

Referee: Michael Oliver   H-T: 0-0   Att: 44,461 

Match Report

Liverpool were held to a goalless draw by title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur on a night when Luis Suarez returned to action after completing his eight-game ban.

The Reds enjoyed the majority of chances but Kenny Dalglish had to be content with a point after fog had earlier threatened to disrupt the fixture.

The result leaves his team four points away from the fourth Champions League spot.

Suarez started the night on the substitutes' bench as Dalglish opted for an attacking triumvirate of Craig Bellamy, Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt. The most notable absentee from the Spurs party was manager Harry Redknapp, whose plane was grounded due to fog.

It was Liverpool who provided the early highlights, Steven Gerrard slicing a pass through to Andy Carroll, who, with the Anfield Road goal in sight, was halted by a superb tackle from Michael Dawson. Two minutes later Glen Johnson had his legs taken on the edge of the area, earning a free-kick which was powered into the wall by Gerrard.

Proceedings were briefly interrupted by a pitch invader - but while Goodison last week witnessed a man handcuffing himself to the post, Anfield's uninvited guest was a little more fleet of foot. A cat; a cat; a cat, a cat, a cat, cheered the Kop as referee Michael Oliver took a moment to restore order.

This is as entertaining as it got in the opening half. Tottenham, a treat for footballing eyes through most of this season, looked blunt, with Pepe Reina a bystander through most of the first 45.

Having watched his side be overwhelmed from the off at White Hart Lane in September, Dalglish would have at least been happy to see those in white subdued.

That's not to say there wasn't attacking intent from the Reds. Jay Spearing came closest with a rocket from 25 yards, while Johnson forced Brad Friedel to save with his legs, but the fixture did not look destined to live up to its history. A total of 109 goals had been scored in the 39 Premier League meetings between the teams prior to this evening - more than any fixture in Liverpool's calendar other than Newcastle (112).

Anfield watched the second period begin in a similar fashion to the first, though Gareth Bale tried to liven things up with a low drill from an unlikely distance; this before earning a yellow card for a chest shove on Daniel Agger.

Friedel was required to dive for a Martin Kelly punt on 58 minutes, by which time Dalglish had decided fresh impetus was required. Suarez would be given 30 minutes to make a difference.

Within seconds the Uruguayan had stolen possession from Benoit Assou-Ekotto and dispatched Gerrard towards goal. It came to nothing, but the Kop roared its approval.

Bale appeared to be Tottenham's only threat, surging forward before striking low and hard. Again it was wide.

At last the game was becoming open. Kelly provided a cross which fell to the feet of Carroll, who fired over from eight yards.

Suarez was unselfish in feeding Carroll but his attempt at a return was blocked by Scott Parker.

With time running out, Bale probed again and a mix-up in the Reds defence almost presented him with a chance to win the game before Agger eventually cleared.

Gerrard then centred towards Suarez but the No.7 could not direct a free header beyond Friedel.

Team Line-Up's
Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur
Pepe Reina Bead Friedel
Glen Johnson  Gareth Bale
Daniel Agger Michael Dawson
Martin Skrtel  Ledley King
Martin Kelly Kyle Walker
Steven Gerrard Benoit Assou-Ekotto
Charlie Adam  Scott Parker
Jay Spearing Luka Modric
Dirk Kuyt Niko Kranjcar
Andy Carroll Jake Livermore
Craig Bellamy Emmanuel Adebayor
Substitutes Substitutes
Alexander Doni Carlo Cudicini
Fabio Aurelio Ryan Nelsen
Sebastian Coates Khumalo
Jamie Carragher Danny Rose
Jordan Henderson Massimo Luongo
Stewart Downing Luis Saha
Luis Suarez  Cameron Lancaster
Luis Suarez for Dirk Kuyt 66'
Luis Saha for Emmaunel Adebayor 71'
Stewart Downing for Craig Bellamy 73'
Danny Rose for Niko Kranjcar 88'
Yellow Cards
Luis Suarez 70' Scott Parker 39'
Martin Skrtel 76' Gareth Bale 55'
Red Cards
Michael Oliver
LFC Player Ratings
Pepe Reina
Glen Johnson
Daniel Agger
Martin Skrtel
Martin Kelly
Steven Gerrard
Charlie Adam
Jay Spearing
Dirk Kuyt
Andy Carroll
Craig Bellamy
Alexander Doni
Fabio Aurelio
Sebastian Coates
Jamie Carragher
Jordan Henderson
Stewart Downing
Luis Suarez
Michael Oliver

Match Stats

Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur
52% Possession 48%
15 Shots On 9
10 Shots Off 6
7 Corners 4
6 Fouls 11
2 Yellow 2
0 Red 0

Head to Head - Tottenham Hotspur