Tottenham 0 Liverpool 5: Luis Suarez plays down Reds captaincy
Tottenham 0 Liverpool 5: Luis Suárez plays down his role as captain as Reds run riot at White Hart Lane
Luis Suarez played down his role as Liverpool captain as he inspired the Reds to an emphatic victory against 10-man Tottenham.
A brilliant individual goal from Suarez handed the Reds the lead in the 18th minute, before Jordan Henderson volleyed home to make it 2-0 before half-time.
Paulinho was shown a straight red card for a high boot on Suarez midway through the second half, before Jon Flanagan’s cool finish made it 3-0 in the 75th minute.
There’s only one captain here at Liverpool and that’s Stevie
Suarez, 26, then netted his 17th Premier League goal of the season with a deft lob, before Raheem Sterling completed the rout late on.
The Uruguay international insisted that the win was far more important than his first game as Liverpool captain as he helped Brendan Rodgers’ men move up to second in the table and two points behind leaders Arsenal.
“It’s no different because for me there’s only one captain here at Liverpool and that’s Stevie [Steven Gerrard],” Suarez told Sky Sports.
“Today I took the armband but I think the group stayed together and played very well and this is more important than me being captain.”
Asked what his scintillating form is down to, Suarez replied: “I try my best on the pitch. I’m a striker and try every time to score but today the most important thing was the performance of the team.
“We played very well in the first half and in the second we tried to [keep] possession of the ball.
“The confidence [in the team] is very good and we know in December we have very big games. We knew that if we won today at Tottenham we would have a six-point gap [over Spurs] before the two very important games against City and Chelsea.”