With two sides known for playing good football, this didn’t turn out to be a footballing spectacle, instead it was a game of few chances and some not so pleasant tackles.
Liverpool had plenty of shots on goal, but nothing that really troubled Spurs’ ‘keeper Brad Friedel. In fact it was Gareth Bale who had the best chance of the game when he broke the off-side trap after an inch perfect pass from Niko Kranjcar. Bale was through on goal with just Pepe Reina to beat, unfortunately Bale’s shot between the ‘keeper’s legs was blocked.
There were some quite unpleasant tackles, which could have seriously injured players, one especially on Bale from Martin Skrtel. The Liverpool defender was booked, however, it should have been a red card.
Bale himself was booked for diving, however, in fairness I think the winger was anticipating a tackle and therefore tried to hurdle it before contact. Considering some of the horrible challenges from the home side, a yellow card is probably better than getting clattered by a defender and becoming hurt.
The game at Anfield marked Gareth Bale’s 100th Premier League game for Spurs, who remain third in the Premier League, on fifty points.