Steven Gerrard put a dent in Tottenham’s hope for a top four finish as the skipper slotted home a late penalty that clinched a 3-2 win at Anfield after goals from Luis Suarez and Stewart Downing.
Liverpool climbs to sixth place over Everton, closing the gap on Chelsea to seven points, and retains an outside chance of qualifying for the Champions League.
Boss Rodgers believes the victory is a ‘marker’ of how far the Reds have progressed since the start of the season. Rodgers reflected:
“It’s a very important win for us. We’re on a great run at the moment and we knew it was going to be a severe test of our qualities and our character against a team in great form who are particularly strong and have been together for a few years. For us to get the three points and play like we did, and more importantly show the character, was fantastic. All season people have spoken about us not beating anyone from the top 10, then it was the top eight and top six and top four. Today was a stringent test and they came through it. We know where we want to be eventually but this is another marker for us in terms of our growth.”
The decision that Rodgers made to bring on Joe Allen for Coutinho during the 60 minute mark played a big part in today’s win. Tottenham were completely dominating Liverpool’s two man midfield and the introduction of Allen certainly allowed us to control the match which eventually gave us a very vital win. A very good move from Brendan Rodgers!!