Liverpool: Luis Suarez’s return from an eight-match suspension failed to inspire Liverpool as they were held to a goalless draw by Tottenham at Anfield on Monday.
Suarez received a rapturous reception from Liverpool fans when he came on in the 66th minute – his first action for six weeks – after serving a ban for racially abusing Manchester United’s Patrice Evra.
But the Uruguay striker was left frustrated as third-placed Tottenham secured a point in the absence of their manager Harry Redknapp in a scrappy contest.
All the hype surrounding the game had been about the return of Suarez following his lengthy ban after an FA board found him guilty of making a racist comment towards Evra.
In the end, Suarez’s return was third billing on a night that saw Redknapp forced to abandon his flight to Anfield due to technical problems having earlier appeared at Southwark Crown Court in the closing stage of his trial on tax evasion charges.
In a game briefly stopped when a cat ran across the pitch, the fur was really flying after Parker’s wild 39th minute challenge floored Gerrard just outside the visitors’ penalty area.
Liverpool made the stronger start but it spoke volumes about the scrappy nature of the game that home fans were chanting Suarez’s name after just half an hour.
Andy Carroll had Liverpool’s best chance but skied a half-volley over the bar after 74 minutes and Spurs winger Gareth Bale fired straight at Pepe Reina after 85 minutes with only the Liverpool keeper to beat.
There were few chances at either end and one of the highlights of the first half was when a cat ran on to the pitch and caused a short delay. Spurs stayed third and moved on to 50 points yesterday, seven behind leaders Manchester City and five adrift of champions Manchester United. Liverpool remained seventh.
Anfield cat becomes internet hit
A cat that invaded the famous Anfield turf for three minutes on Monday has become an internet celebrity.Several Twitter sites claiming to be the real deal sprung up within hours of the moggy’s Lionel Messi-like slalom across the pitch during the first half.
One, @AnfieldCat, had already attracted 17,368 followers early on Tuesday while video footage of the feline’s antics were proving popular on the internet.
The latest post on the Twitter site had a gentle dig at Liverpool’s city rivals: ‘Everton rumoured to be interested in signing me, Bill Kenwright too paw to stump up the money.’ (Agencies)