Brendan Rodgers marked his 100th game in charge by watching Liverpool produce an irresistible performance as they beat a toothless Tottenham Hotspur 3-0 in the Premier League at White Hart Lane on Sunday.
Raheem Sterling, Steven Gerrard and Alberto Moreno were on target as Liverpool bounced back from Monday’s defeat by champions Manchester City with a classy performance that ended Tottenham’s 100 percent start to the season.
Enigmatic striker Mario Balotelli made amends for his wasteful finishing on his Liverpool debut with his impressive all round performance and positive work ethic.
The result allowed fifth-placed Liverpool to move level with Tottenham in the standings with six points.
Balotelli nearly enjoyed a dream start inside three minutes but his powerful close-range header was parried by Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.
Spurs had been joint Premier League leaders after winning their opening two league games without conceding a goal but were left reeling by Liverpool’s trademark explosive start.
Sturridge and Henderson linked up well and the latter’s well weighted cross was steered in at an acute angle at the far post by Sterling in the seventh minute.
Tottenham took just one point from eight games against last season’s top four, conceding 27 goals and scoring just two, and Sterling’s goal signalled the start of another forgettable day.
Sturridge and Balotelli had chances to extend their lead but were thwarted by a combination of poor finishing and the athletic Lloris.
Spurs were second best for much of the first half but could have drawn level in the 42nd minute had it not been for Simon Mignolet’s stunning save that blocked Nacer Chadli’s rasping shot.
Liverpool started the second half with the same intent they displayed in the first, with Gerrard coolly converting a penalty after Joe Allen had been needlessly pulled back by Eric Dier. Moreno, who had been at fault for Stevan Jovetic’s first goal as Liverpool were beaten 3-1 by Manchester City on Monday, added a third with a superb solo run and finish after he had dispossessed Andros Townsend on the halfway line.
Arsenal held by dogged Leicester
Arsenal missed the chance to move up to third in the Premier League table after they were held to a 1-1 draw by a dogged Leicester City on Sunday.
Alexis Sanchez opened the scoring with his first Premier League goal but Arsenal were pegged back within two minutes by Leicester’s record signing Leonardo Ulloa.
The visitors dominated for long spells but appeared to miss the presence of last season’s top scorer Oliver Giroud, who faces up to four months on the sidelines with a broken leg.
Arsenal sit seventh in the standings while Leicester, in 15th, remain winless but have performed well in their three games since returning to the Premier League.
Gabriel Agbonlahor and Andreas Weimann hit the target as Aston Villa maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a 2-1 victory over Hull City at Villa Park.