Liverpool moved to the top of the Premier League as they humiliated a woeful Tottenham side at Anfield.
A second-minute Younes Kaboul own goal, following Glen Johnson’s low cross, put the Reds on course for an eighth successive league victory.
Luis Suarez made it 2-0 after Michael Dawson’s error, and the Uruguayan then had a header pushed onto the post.
Philippe Coutinho added a third goal from 25 yards and Jordan Henderson’s low free-kick sealed the rout.
Victory moved the Reds two points ahead of Chelsea and four in front of Manchester City, though Manuel Pellegrini’s side have played two games fewer than their title rivals.
However, with both Chelsea and City still to visit Anfield, Brendan Rodgers’s team have their destiny in their own hands. Six wins from their last six matches will see them win the league title for the first time since 1989-90.
Liverpool had last been top of the league on Boxing Day before they lost 2-1 at Etihad Stadium against Manchester City. This game was expected to present a tough challenge, but the hosts dominated from the off and should have won by a wider margin.