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Brendan Rodgers shows Spurs the way

By Steven Beacom

It wasn't completely forgotten, but the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas from Spurs did take the focus away from Liverpool's performance in Sunday's 5-0 victory at White Hart Lane.

It was as fine a display from a Liverpool side as there has been for years.

The pressing, the passing, the movement, the desire, the skill and the finishing all came together. This was the Brendan Rodgers way and the football he envisioned seeing Liverpool play when he took over as boss.

In the absence of the injured Steven Gerrard, making Luis Suarez captain was a masterstroke. With the armband on, the outstanding Uruguayan looked an even better player. Tottenham couldn't live with him.

When Fernando Torres wanted out of Liverpool, the sulky striker downed tools.

Suarez is a different animal. After his summer of discontent when he made it clear that he was intent on leaving, the number seven has knuckled down and tried harder than ever.

Liverpool won't win the league this season (Chelsea or City will be champions), but top four is on if they play as they did at Spurs.

As for Tottenham, surely the man to replace AVB is Michael Laudrup, a vibrant, young boss who delivers the brand of enterprising football Spurs fans crave.

Yes, chairman Daniel Levy would have to pay compensation to Swansea, but that would be money well spent (makes a change with Spurs), as Liverpool have discovered with Rodgers.

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