Dirk Kuyt’s double strike injected new life into Liverpool’s stuttering Barclays Premier League campaign as it secured a 2-0 victory over Tottenham.
The Holland international fired home in the sixth minute from the edge of the area and then converted a twice-taken penalty in second-half injury time.
Victory lifted the Reds to within one point of fourth-placed Spurs and eased the pressure on manager Rafael Benitez after early exits from the Champions League and FA Cup.
The importance of the match to Liverpool’s top-four aspirations had been outlined by Benitez yesterday and his players responded in fine style.
It was a match the Reds could not afford to lose, having dropped two points thanks to Stoke’s late equaliser on Saturday, and they did not disappoint an appreciative Anfield crowd.
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