Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno scored the goals for the Reds as they recovered from a 3-1 defeat at the hands of reigning champions Manchester City on Monday with an irresistible performance that ended Tottenham‘s four game winning start to the season in all competitions.
Liverpool started off as the brighter of the two sides and should have been ahead after just 3 minutes. New signing Mario Balotelli headed straight at Hugo Lloris from six yards out after a sumptuous cross by his striker partner Daniel Sturridge.
But they were on the score sheet five minutes later as a sweeping move resulted in Jordan Henderson laying off a delightful cross across the six yards box for Raheem Sterling to finish smartly and put Liverpool ahead in the same fixture where they dismantled Spurs 5-0 last season.
Balotelli had two more clear cut chances but lack of match fitness showed as he failed to put them on target. Another half chance from a corner went begging as the Italian blazed over.
Liverpool harried and pressed their London opponents and doubled their lead when Joe Allen was tugged back by Eric Dier at the beginning of the second half. Captain Steven Gerrard converted the penalty and on the hour-mark, left back Alberto Moreno announced his arrival. Pressuring substitute Andros Townsend, the Spaniard won the ball and raced forward for about two-thirds of the pitch before a piledriver sent the ball into Lloris’ bottom left corner.
Sterling had the chance to double his tally but failed to provide the finishing touch to a beautiful mazy run in which he had dribbled past three defenders.