Luis Suarez back from ban and immediately risks red card
Lucky to get off, pundits agree, after Liverpool striker lashes out with boot at Tottenham's Scott Parker
Liverpool 0 Tottenham 0. Luis Suarez made his first appearance since the end of his eight-match ban for racially abusing Patrice Evra, and the Liverpool striker managed to court more controversy after just three minutes.
Having replaced Dirk Kuyt midway through the second half of a dull game at Anfield, the South American striker soon lashed out at Spurs midfielder Scott Parker with his boot. Referee Michael Oliver booked Suarez but the general consensus was that the colour of the card shown should have been red not yellow.
"If ref sees that kick from Suarez and books him for it, it should be red," Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney tweeted, while Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said: "He's been lucky, the ref's let him off with one there."
Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish later refused to comment on the incident, saying only: "It's great to have Luis back. He should never have been out in the first place." Meanwhile his Tottenham counterpart Harry Redknapp was in no position to air his views having missed the game because of transport trouble.
Redknapp had spent the day at Southwark Crown Court answering ongoing charges of cheating the public purse, and when he arrived at London City Airport he was told his aircraft was grounded because of a technical problem.
Not that Redknapp missed much – it was a dour encounter that did neither side any good. It was Liverpool's eighth home draw of the season and means the Reds are in seventh spot. Tottenham's failure to come away from Anfield with three points leaves them trailing second place Manchester United by five points, although they remain seven points clear of Chelsea in fourth.
The best chances of the evening fell in the final quarter of the match with Andy Carroll blasting high wide and handsome from ten yards out after being teed up by Martin Kelly. Then, six minutes from time, Niko Kranjcar put Gareth Bale into space but on a one-on-one with Liverpool keeper Pepe Reina the Spurs winger shot straight at his feet.