Following years of rivalry in the old Division One – including a 7-0 Liverpool win in 1978 which featured one of their greatest ever goals – the team’s first Anfield meeting of the Premier League era was another one-sided affair.
In possibly the most early-90s game of football ever played, Ian Rush and John Barnes each scored twice for the Reds, whilst there was also a Stuart Nethercott own goal and a Mark Walters penalty, all eclipsing the strikes from Teddy Sheringham and Steve Sedgeley for Spurs.
Liverpool 3 Tottenham 2 – 01/05/1999
A rare Spurs win at Anfield seemed more than just in sight when the visitors led 2-0 at the break thanks to a trademark Jamie Carragher own goal (one of three he managed for the Londoners) and a Steffen Iversen strike, one of a surprisingly large 47 for the club.
Back came Liverpool though, and a Jamie Redknapp penalty, Paul Ince’s header and Steve McManaman strike turned the tables in the second half – it was the latter’s 66th and final goal for the Reds before his move to Real Madrid.
Liverpool 2 Tottenham 2 – 16/04/2005
Liverpool had just qualified for the Champions League semi-finals by beating Juventus, but this game featured goals which would light up any stage of that illustrious competition.
Erik Edman stunned the Kop with a remarkable strike to put Spurs in front, only for Luis Garcia to equalise with a fine curling strike. Boyhood Red (obviously) Robbie Keane then put the visitors back ahead, but after Steven Gerrard had missed a penalty, Sami Hyypia – taking time out from his usual towering headers – popped up with a stunning volley from the edge of the box to level it up.
Two-and-a-half years later there was a similar story at Anfield, only this time Andriy Voronin (yes, that one) put the Reds in front.
Keane replied for Spurs with efforts either side of half-time, but just when a first Anfield league win in 14 years homed into view, Fernando Torres rose to head home a Steve Finnan cross in stoppage time for the equaliser.
Liverpool 2 Tottenham 0 – 20/01/2010
The vultures were circling for Rafael Benitez midway through the 2009/10 season, but Dirk Kuyt delivered a crucial win for his Liverpool side on a raucous Anfield evening in 2010.
An injury-hit Reds side featuring the likes of Sotirios Kyrgiakos, Emiliano Insua, Philipp Degen and Alberto Aquilani won 2-0 thanks to Kuyt’s well-taken double – a fine early finish and a confident late penalty.
Liverpool 0 Tottenham 2 – 15/05/2011
Just over a year later it was another Dutchman who was hitting the headlines, as Rafael van der Vaart inspired Spurs to their first victory at Anfield since August 1993.
Van der Vaart’s stunning volley at the Kop end opened the scoring, but Reds boss Kenny Dalglish was left fuming after referee Howard Webb awarded a soft penalty when Jon Flanagan collided with Steven Pienaar, and Luka Modric duly converted it.
Eight years after missing a penalty at the same end against the same opposition, Steven Gerrard settled this topsy-turvy Anfield clash between two top-four hopefuls.
Spurs arrived with Gareth Bale in full flow and on the way to becoming a Galactico, but it was Luis Suarez who stole the show early on with his fine finish from a Jose Enrique pass.
Defender Jan Vertonghen then took over with goals either side of half-time to give Spurs the lead, only for Stewart Downing to pounce on a shocking backpass from Kyle Walker to level it up and then Gerrard to do his thing from the spot in front of the Kop after Benoit Assou-Ekotto had fouled Suarez.
Liverpool 4 Tottenham 0 – 30/03/2014
Title talk was in the air at Anfield as Liverpool hammered Spurs to move top of the Premier League last March.
As Tim Sherwood watched on from the stands, a gloriously confident Liverpool dominated. Younes Kaboul turned Glen Johnson’s cross into his own net, Suarez fired in a left-footed second, Philippe Coutinho crashed in the third and Jordan Henderson’s free-kick evaded everyone and found the bottom corner for 4-0.