Spurs sweep past Reds
Emmanuel Adebayor scored twice on his home debut as Tottenham hammered nine-man Liverpool 4-0 to earn a morale-boosting first home win of the season.
Luka Modric opened the scoring with a blistering 20-yard strike before Charlie Adam picked up a second yellow card for a late foul on Scott Parker.
Martin Skrtel, who had a torrid afternoon at right-back thanks to Gareth Bale, was sent off for two bookings in the second half before Jermain Defoe scored and Adebayor struck twice to wrap up an important win for Harry Redknapp's team against their rivals for a top-four finish.
Spurs stamped their authority early on and Modric brought White Hart Lane to its feet with his blistering opener after six minutes. The Croatian, who had been the subject of at least three bids from Chelsea this summer, picked up a loose ball 20 yards out and hammered his strike into the top left-hand corner of Pepe Reina's goal.
Liverpool's afternoon went from bad to worse just before the half hour when Adam caught Parker in the leg with his studs up as the England midfielder went for a volley. Referee Lee Probert reached for his pocket and issued the second yellow which reduced the visitors to 10 men.
Spurs almost scored a minute into the second half when Kyle Walker crossed for Adebayor, who played in the unmarked Defoe his poor shot dribbled wide from six yards.
Liverpool were convinced they should have had a penalty when Andy Carroll thought his jump in the box was impeded by Benoit Assou-Ekotto but Probert waved play on. Liverpool's miserable afternoon continued in the 63rd minute when Skrtel clipped Bale's heels as he turned to run down the flank.
The former Southampton man punched the turf in apparent pain and Probert sent the Liverpool defender off with a second booking. Two minutes later it was 2-0. Substitute Rafael van der Vaart sent Defoe racing through the middle, and after holding off Jose Enrique's challenge, the England striker spun and shot low past Reina.
Just two minutes passed before Adebayor scored Tottenham's third. Reina spilled Defoe's shot and the former Gunners man reacted quickly, lifting the ball over the scrambling Spaniard before tapping in to an empty net.
Liverpool could not get a touch of the ball as Spurs made their numerical advantage count. Van der Vaart tried a cheeky chip at the other end in injury time but Reina was equal to his effort. Adebayor then made it 4-0 in the final seconds when he picked up Assou-Ekotto's cross to control and calmly volley past Reina.