5 of the best Liverpool v Tottenham clashes

5. Tottenham 4-0 Liverpool, September 2011

Spurs fans always had a love-hate relationship with Emmanuel Adebayor. This was one of those days when love was in the air. Adebayor’s home debut and with it came a trademark double, after a Luka Modric special and a Jermain Defoe goal had put them ahead. It was also notable for Martin Skrtel and Charlie Adam both picking up red cards for kicking lumps out of number three Gareth Bale. He used to be a left back after all.

4. Tottenham 0-5 Liverpool, December 2013

Tottenham fans probably hadn’t heard of Jon Flanagan before this game. When the youngster made it 3-0 to round off an excellent 75 minutes playing for the club he loved, they certainly knew exactly who he was. This was a vintage Spurs collapse and by the time Luis Suarez lifted the ball over Hugo Lloris for the fourth, the Liverpool fans were cheering every touch. Raheem Sterling added the gloss late on and André Villas-Boas paid the price with his job.

3. Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham, April 2005

When Tottenham score goals at Anfield they often come from strange places and there are none more ridiculous than Erik Edman’s strike back in 2005. Edman picked up the ball in acres of space about 40 yards out, ran a few yards and then unleashed a thunderbolt that went straight in to put Spurs 1-0 up. It ended 2-2 but this will always be remembered as Edman’s finest 90 minutes in a Spurs shirt.

2. Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham, March 2013

It’s impossible to go through Spurs’ games against Liverpool from the last 10 years without noticing Bale. If he wasn’t being snapped in half by Charlie Adam then he was putting their defence to the sword and the latter was the case here. Spurs may have lost, but they had nine shots on target and Bale was instrumental in the two strikes from Jan Vertonghen that put them ahead. He ended the season with 21 goals, a glut of awards and left for Real Madrid that summer.

1. Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham, February 2015

Mario Balotelli has had few good memories since signing for Liverpool and this game was arguably his finest few minutes in the red shirt. Introduced as a 74th minute substitute in place of Daniel Sturridge, he took just nine minutes to make an impact by slotting home from close range to make it 3-2 and push Liverpool to within a point of Spurs in 6th place. What a difference a year makes. Balotelli is back in Italy. Liverpool no longer employ Brendan Rodgers and Spurs are pushing for the title.