Tottenham Hotspur 4 Liverpool 1
SPURS’ so-called Wembley hoodoo appears finally to have laid to rest.
And the north London side did so in style, dismantling Liverpool with consummate ease - a team which they had mot beaten for five years.
It follows last week’s narrow 1-0 home defeat of Bournemouth.
Harry Kane limped off three minutes from time after scoring twice - his first home league goals this season.
Spurs fans will be relieved that what appeared to be a hamstring problem was only a minor injury and Kane should be fit to face Manchester United next weekend.
Playing before an 80,827 crowd, the biggest ever for a Premier League fixture, Kane took just four minutes to get his name on the scoresheet.
Kieran Trippier chipped the ball into the box to the England striker who, slightly off balance, nevertheless did well to roll the ball into the net.
Seven minutes later, Heung-Min Son made it two, with Spurs tearing the Liverpool defence apart, particularly on the right where Alberto Moreno was having a nightmare match.
This time goalkeeper Hugo Lloris started the move with a huge throw, which found Kane on the halfway line. He fed Son on the wing who finished in style.
With Liverpool unable to cope with the Spurs press, particularly on the right, it seemed only a matter of time before the home side added to their score.
It appeared that Son had done just that when he was delightfully supplied by Christian Eriksen, only to see his effort cannon off the underside of Simon Mignolet’s bar.
Liverpool unexpectedly found themselves back in the match, rather than being out of sight, when Jordan Henderson’s cross-field pass found Mohamed Salah.
He was far too quick for Tottenham’s defence, cut inside and beat Lloris.
Son had another chance for Spurs when Dele Alli found him in the box. Mignolet did well to save his effort.
Suddenly it didn’t seem quite so comfortable for Spurs.
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp sacrificed Dejan Lovren after 31 minutes, bringing on Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his place.
Joe Gomez moved to centre-back alongside Joel Matip in an attempt to introduce some stability at the back, but Spurs needn’t have worried.
The Reds’ rearguard was still shambolic.
Alli restored Spurs’ two-goal advantage two minutes into first half stoppage time, ghosting into the penalty area and whacking the ball past Mignolet.
Kane made it 4-1. Mignolet had parried a goalbound shot following a Trippier free kick.
Jan Vertonghen headed the ball back in only to see Roberto Firminio stop it on the line.
Kane pounced on the rebound to volley home.
Despite the three-goal advantage, Spurs nevertheless had Lloris to thank three times late in the match for preserving that margin.
First, an unusually subdued Philippe Coutinho aimed for the top corner, only for a wrong-handed Lloris to somehow flick the ball on to the bar.
Then the French stopper twice thwarted. Salah with his feet.
Delighted Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino said: “I am so pleased for the team, so pleased for the fans.
“The team performance was very good.
“I think it was a very good game from both teams.”
Paying tribute to his entire team, but particularly to Kane and Llloris, he added: “Harry Kane is one of the best strikers in the world.”
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp was in no mood for making excuses for his team’s poor showing.
The last time they conceded as many as 16 goals in the first nine games of a season was in 1964
Klopp said: “Today it was just poor defending. We will have to work on it.
“You cannot get results with a performance like today.
“Whatever you say in a negative way is right.”