LIVERPOOL suffered their second defeat of the season as they were beaten 4-0 by Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday. Luka Modric opened the scoring in the 7th minute with a fantastic strike before Reds playmaker Charlie Adam was booked for a challenge on the Croatian. In the 18th minute Andy Carroll fed strike partner Luis Suarez and the Uruguayan poked the ball into the net but it was ruled out off for offside. Then in the 28th minute, Adam went to collect a looping ball but as he put his foot up to control it he caught Tottenham’s Scott Parker above the knee. Referee Mike Jones showed Adam his second yellow card and the Scot was sent from the field.
At first glance the tackle looked to be reckless by Adam, however the replay clearly shows that Adam was looking at the ball and completely unaware of Parker’s presence. He lifted his leg to control the ball and caught Parker above the knee accidentally. Admittedly the rules do state that a player should be sent off for catching another above the knee, but in this case common sense should have prevailed and Tottenham should have received a free-kick with no further action taken. Mike Jones was very close to the play and should have seen that Adam had no intention of going for Parker, it was just an unfortunate collision.
Later in the match Martin Skrtel, who was playing at right-back because of injuries to Glen Johnson and Martin Kelly, was sent off after collecting his second yellow card for going through the back of Gareth Bale. Skrtel had struggled to contain the Welshman all game with Tottenham’s left-winger beating the Slovak four times in the opening 15 minutes. Jermaine Defoe made it 2-0 to the home side in the 66th minute before his shot from the edge of the box was parried by Pepe Reina and Emanuel Adebayor was able to convert following a clever piece of skill. Liverpool’s frustration showed as Luis Suarez was booked for sarcastically applauding a refereeing decision before Adebayor got his second of the game in the last minute to make the score Tottenham 4 Liverpool 0.