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PLUS: Spurs Smashed for Seven by Rampant Reds in match from 1978

 Liverpool  v  Tottenham Hotspur, Sunday March 30th 4pm, Live on Sky Sports

LIVERPOOL   4/9   DRAW   7/2   TOTTENHAM   6/1

For the 165th meeting between the two clubs, Liverpool come into the match in second place on 65 points, while Spurs lay in 5th place on 56 points.

The first meeting came on Boxing Day in 1894 when Liverpool, who had been established just two years earlier after a dispute with Everton, played a friendly at Tottenham Marshes in a game won 3-0 by Spurs. A second visit from Liverpool was even less successful in Easter 1895 with Spurs winning 6-0.

The first Football League meeting between the two clubs took place at White Hart Lane in November 1909 with Spurs winning 1-0 thanks to a Bert Middlemiss goal. He became the first Spurs player to score against both Merseyside clubs.

The reverse fixture that season was won by Liverpool 2-0 at Anfield, which had previously been the home of Everton before their move to Goodison Park.

All 139 League meetings played to date between Spurs & Liverpool have taken place in the Top Flight of English football.

Tottenham’s 2-1 win at Anfield in March 1912 would be their last at the ground for 73 years with the jinx finally being broken when a goal from Garth Crooks won it 1-0 in March 1985.

To date, the clubs have met 7 times in the FA Cup with Tottenham’s only win coming at Anfield in the 6th Round in March 1995 when goals from Teddy Sheringham and Jurgen Klinsmann earned a 2-1 victory.

They have also met 7 times in the League Cup. Conversely Liverpool’s only win came in the 1982 Final at Wembley, which was won 3-1 after extra time. Steve Archibald put Spurs ahead but Ronnie Whelan’s brace and a goal from Ian Rush meant that the Reds lifted the silverware.

The teams contested the Charity Shield in August that year with League Champions Liverpool beating FA Cup Winners Spurs 1-0.

Overall, Liverpool have the upper hand over Spurs with 75 wins to 49 with 41 of the 165 matches played so far drawn.

BOBBY’S BET OF THE DAY: A surprise result as Liverpool’s great run stalls. Correct Score of Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham at 13/1 is our tip.

Odds courtesy of PaddyPower

 

Liverpool  7-0  Tottenham Hotspur – September 2nd 1978

Tottenham hadn’t won at Anfield since the Titanic sank back in 1912 but they arrived full of hope and confidence having just strengthened their ranks with a pair of World Cup winners in Osvaldo Ardiles and Ricardo Villa. But they met a Liverpool side at their imperious best that day and instead returned to London smarting from their biggest-ever League defeat.

Kenny Dalglish, a scorer in all three games so far that season, took only eight minutes to get off the mark in this one, turning to slide a low shot under Barry Daines after Jimmy Case had miscued his attempt at goal. Dalglish was on hand again after 20 minutes to put the home team firmly in control of the match. Before half-time Ray Kennedy had headed the Reds 3-0 in front and it was already clear which way the points would be going in.

David Johnson of Liverpool celebrates scoring one of his two goals in the 7-0 drubbing of Tottenham Hotspur

David Johnson of Liverpool celebrates scoring one of his two goals in the 7-0 drubbing of Tottenham Hotspur

Not that Liverpool were content with that, as it was in the second-half that Liverpool really tore Spurs apart. David Johnson,on as a first-half substitute for the injured Emlyn Hughes, took his chance to make a claim for a spot in the starting XI by scoring the 4th and 5th goals.

Midway through the second half Tottenham’s John Duncan made a tremendous clearance off the line to save a certain goal but then moments later tripped Heighway inside the box to concede a penalty. Phil Neal’s spot kick was saved well by Daines in the Spurs goal, but this really wasn’t the North Londoner’s day and the referee ordered a retake deciding that the Spurs ‘keeper had moved before the penalty was taken. Neal’s second attempt  had more power and accuracy than the first and Daines was unable to repeat his heroics.

Six-nil it was, but Liverpool saved the best until last. With about a quarter of an hour left came the goal of the day, perhaps the season even. It began inside Liverpool’s penalty-area during a rare spell of Spurs pressure. Clemence to Ray Kennedy, then on to Dalglish who then found Johnson waiting in the centre-circle. Johnson controlled and turned before spraying a wonderful pass out towards Heighway who was galloping up the left touchline. Heighway never broke stride as he crossed the ball first-time towards Terry McDermott, who had run almost the whole length of the pitch while all this was going on, met the cross at the far post with a bullet header which flashed past Daines who was rooted to the spot.

The goal typified Liverpool’s style during a season in which they played some wonderful football with great consistency.  At home they were almost invincible. Only four clubs even scored at Anfield and only Leeds and Everton escaped with a point that season as Liverpool stormed to their eleventh title losing only 4 games all season.

Liverpool : Clemence, Neal, Alan Kennedy, Thompson, Ray Kennedy, Hughes (Johnson), Dalglish, Case, Heighway, Souness, McDermott.

Tottenham Hotspur : Daines, McAllister, Naylor, Hoddle, Lacy, Perryman, Villa, Ardiles, Taylor, Duncan, McNab.

 

 

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