What next for Spurs and AVB after Liverpool thrashing?
Five-star Liverpool set out their title credentials as Spurs are humbled at home
Tottenham Hotspur 0 Liverpool 5. Andre Villas-Boas's reign at Tottenham could soon be over after another humiliating thrashing at the hands of Premier League opponents. Last month Manchester City put six unanswered goals past the Lilywhites and on Sunday it was Liverpool's turn to run riot at Tottenham's expense. True, the Reds only scored five goals, one fewer than City, but they came at White Hart Lane, in front of stunned Spurs supporters, many of whom are now calling for the head of Villas-Boas.
The presence of former England coach Fabio Capello in the Tottenham stands wasn't lost on the media with Metro reporting that the Italian is in line to replace Villas-Boas.
To his credit, the Portuguese coach didn't try to blame his players for the team's shortcomings, telling reporters after the final whistle: "I assume the responsibility of the failure. We have to bounce back."
But will they? Something has gone seriously wrong at Tottenham, a team that lost just one of their first ten matches this season. With just two wins in their last seven league outings Spurs have now slipped to seventh, eight points behind leaders Arsenal. "In the Premier League, things are not going as we expected, as we wanted," conceded Villas-Boas. "It's normal that the frustration is there from everybody."
Asked if he felt his job was on the line, Villas-Boas replied: "Regarding my position, it is not me that decides. I can only work to make things better."
Tottenham were already two down when Paulinho was sent off on 63 minutes for a rash challenge on Luis Suarez. The Uruguayan striker, captaining Liverpool in the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard, had opened the visitors' account on 18 minutes, and he grabbed a second ten minutes from time. In between there were goals from Jordan Henderson and Jon Flanagan before Raheem Sterling added a fifth on 89 minutes.
The result moves the Reds into second spot, level on 33 points with Chelsea and just two points behind an Arsenal side who suffered their own humiliation at the weekend away to Manchester City. "It was a brilliant all-round performance," declared Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers. "We got five goals and arguably we could have had seven or eight... we spoke before game that were missing outstanding players in Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge but I said winning teams support each other."
Gerrard watched the carnage from the comfort of the Sky Sports studio, where he was employed as a guest pundit, and the England skipper liked what he saw.
"I'd say it was Brendan Rodgers' best game for Liverpool," he said. When he it was suggested the Reds could be on course for their first league title in 24 years, Gerrard replied: "Of course we are a title contender [but] there's still a long way to go, a lot of big games and hurdles to come over before we become real title contenders." ·