Full-time: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

  • Daniel Sturridge scored the opener from close range.
  • The England striker doubled the Reds' advantage in the second half, calmly finishing past Michel Vorm.
  • Janssen halved Liverpool's lead with a confident penalty 15 minutes from full-time.
  • Relive Arsenal vs Reading in the EFL Cup.
Daniel Sturridge
Daniel Sturridge finds the net at Anfield Getty Images

Full-time: Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur

All over at Anfield! Liverpool hang on for the win and to seal their place in the quarter finals. Daniel Sturridge is the goal hero and, in truth, Liverpool were largely the better team.

Thanks for joining us this evening. Until next time...

Daniel Sturridge was Liverpool's goal hero
Daniel Sturridge was Liverpool's goal hero Getty Images


Four minuted of added time. Spurs are desperately seeking another goal.

In the more immediate future, though, they have a free-kick to defend after a tackle from Harry Winks that led to a caution.


Up at the other end now, and Ings almost marks his comeback with a goal. After collecting a misplaced clearance, the former Burnley man volleys goalwards - but Vorm makes another strong save to push it behind for a corner.

Meanwhile, Grujic - who has been decent tonight - is being replaced by Emre Can for the last few minutes.


Ah, Harrison has fluffed his lines at the critical moment! The ball is floated over from the left flank by Lamela to Harrison, but the youngster - who is totally unmarked - gets his chest control all wrong.

Lamela is brought to the ground
Lamela is brought to the ground Getty Images


With the final whistle in sight, Harrison is brought on by Spurs for his competitive debut. Can he make himself a hero? We're about to find out... Five minutes left on Merseyside.

Vincent Janssen
Vincent Janssen encourages his team Getty Images


... and now Sturridge goes within a whisker of bagging his hat-trick! He collects the ball on the edge of the box and then dinks the ball with the outside of his left peg over the keeper and against the bar. What an effort that was!

Suddenly, this has become a brilliant, end-to-end cup tie.

Vincent Janssen
Vincent Janssen scored from the spot Getty Images


Another penalty for Spurs!? No, nothing doing on this occasion - although that looked to be a more blatant foul!

On this occasion, Lamela turns Moreno in the box and looks to have a shot at goal before he is pulled down. Very, very luck for the Spaniard, that.

 Erik Lamela
Erik Lamela dribbles with the ball Getty Images


Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham Hotspur (Janssen)

Spurs are back in this game, as Janssen powers the ball down the centre and into the net. We've still got 15 minutes left at Anfield and Tottenham have some hope!


Penalty to Spurs! A lifeline for the away side?

Klaven commits a foul against Lamela just inside the area and Jon Moss points to the spot. Janssen grabs the ball immediately and here we go...


Dany Ings tries to wriggle free in the Spurs boss, but his goal-bound effort is blocked by a defender. The Anfield crowd would love to see Ings get a goal tonight.

A minute later, a well struck free-kick from Wijnaldum is smartly saved by Vorm in the Tottenham net, punching the ball clear of danger.

Liverpool players celebrate
Liverpool players celebrate Getty Images


Both sides making subs now. Wanyama comes on for Eric Dier.

Liverpool are bringing on Clyne and Danny Ings, who gets a special reception from the home crowd after his injury layoff.


GOAL: Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham Hotspur (Sturridge)

It's Dan at the double at Anfield! The Liverpool striker adds to his first half goal by calmly finishing in a one-on-one situation with Vorm after being played through by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Strurridge took his time and never looked like he was going to miss. Anfield is bouncing!

Daniel Sturridge celebrates his second goal
Daniel Sturridge celebrates his second goal Getty Images

Vincent Janssen
Vincent Janssen goes down under pressure Getty Images

Davies overhits a cross and Janssen looks incredibly frustrated as it flies over his head. I feel a little sorry for the striker, because he's getting nothing to feed off.


Vorm is forced to make a cracking save after a swerving long-range effort from Origi, who must have thought he'd scored. It's one-way traffic at Anfield now and Tottenham need to get some more experience on the field. They're hanging on.

Speaking of which...


Liverpool are really pushing for a second now and the Anfield crowd is in full voice. Their latest attack ends with Sturridge appealing for a penalty against Carter-Vickers after he seemed to be impeded - but there's nothing doing.

Erik Lamela is poised to be introduced, meanwhile. The Argentine should offer a bit more creativity for the visitors.

Ragnar Klavan
Ragnar Klavan goes to the ground after a header Getty Images


Ah, Sturridge has missed a sitter!

The ball is played into the right channel, where Origi sends across a low, pin-point cross to Sturridge, who misses an open goal! All he had to do was to sweep that into an unguarded net from 10 yards.

That could have been the matchwinner, too, but Spurs survive.

Daniel Sturridge looks for his second goal
Daniel Sturridge looks for his second goal Getty Images


Well, just as I type that, Janssen sends a pass out to Kieran Trippier outside the box and he unleashes a dipping right-footed effort that only just goes over the top of the box. That's a start at least.

Then, Trippier wins a corner that ... comes to nothing.

Ben Davies turns on the ball
Ben Davies turns on the ball against Liverpool Getty Images


It all still feels a bit aimless from Tottenham at the moment. They're seeing plenty of the ball but there's a distinct lack of penetration that a player like Dele Alli could provide.

Eric Dier
Eric Dier makes a tackle Getty Images


Janssen is feeding off scraps again in the early moments of the half and the under-pressure striker is coming deeper and deeper to get himself involved in the game.

Vincent Janssen
Vincent Janssen tries to create an opening Getty Images


For Liverpool, remember, Danny Ings is among the players available to Jurgen Klopp. We expect to see the striker at some stage, possibly for Sturridge.

Simon Mignolet
Simon Mignolet during the half-time warm-up Getty Images


Right, the players are back out at Anfield and we're under way. Spurs have 45 minutes to save themselves in the EFL Cup.

Maurcio Pochettino will want to see a bit more of an attacking threat from his side. No changes at the break, though.

Alberto Moreno
Alberto Moreno makes a challenge Getty Images


Back at Anfield, Daniel Sturridge is half way towards proving his point to the Liverpool manager. He'll be seeking a second goal to force his way back into Jurgen Klopp's first-choice side.

Here's a reminder of the Spurs bench, by the way. A half-time change in the offing?


As a quick reminder, you can follow the game at the Emirates here. I won't ruin the surprise and tell you the score.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in action against Reading Getty Images


Half-time: Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham Hotspur

The hosts lead in what's been a game of few chances at Anfield. Daniel Sturridge's first goal at the remodelled stadium separates the side at the moment and Mauricio Pochettino will be looking for more from his boys after the break.

Jurgen Klopp encourages his team
Jurgen Klopp encourages his team Getty Images