By Tariq Saleh
In the battle for the final Europa League spot, it was Tottenham Hotspur who came out on top against Liverpool at Anfield.
Spurs took the lead as early as the 9th minute as Rafael Van Der Vaart’s deflected volley looped over Pepe Reina and into the far corner of the Spaniard’s goal. Spurs were rarely troubled by Liverpool as the best chance the hosts for an equaliser was a header from Andy Carroll which he got completely wrong and guided way over the bar.
Spurs always appeared to have the upper hand in this rather subdued affair and they doubled their lead just a few minutes into the second as young full back John Flanagan was harshly adjudged to have fouled Steven Pienaar in the Liverpool box, but replays showed it was just outside the area.
Luka Modric didn’t care however and the creation duly slotted the spot kick away to give Spurs an unassailable lead. It seemed as though Liverpool were not really keen on playing in the Europa League next season and they just allowed the match to fizzle out without really having a huge go at Spurs throughout the match.
Spurs, it seems, have decided to embrace the idea of playing in Europe next season, even though it isn’t the Champions League but the battle will go down to the final day of the season but after this affair at Anfield, it’s Spurs with the upper hand.