Tottenham Hotspur have been resoundly beaten by Liverpool at White Hart Lane with goals from Luis Suarez (2), Jordan Henderson, Jon Flanagan and Raheem Sterling securing a 5-0 victory.
The Reds flew out the traps early on and it had an immediate impact. Suarez threaded a ball through to Henderson which was cut out by Michael Dawson. But the captain could not get up quick enough and Henderson wrestled the ball back again, laying the ball into the path of Suarez who bamboozled Kyle Walker before tucking the ball away.
The second goal left Hugo Lloris furious with his defence. He made two good saves to deny both Henderson and Suarez before Henderson tucked home a volley unchallenged by a sluggish Spurs defence.
Liverpool had plenty of chances in the first half - with Suarez denied after a Hugo Lloris mistake and Philippe Coutinho hitting the bar with a volley.
Spurs had a goal disallowed for what was deemed an unfair push on Simon Mignolet by Roberto Soldado - and Tottenham in reality went into half-time deserving to be behind.
The second half saw the rain hurtle down more at White Hart Lane - and on the greasy surface Spurs got a foothold on the game. They had a very good penalty appeal turned away and Soldado was wasteful in front of goal.
But the game was over when Paulinho saw red in the second half.
His high foot scraped the midriff of Suarez - who went down as if he had been struck by an enemy sniper high in the gantry, complete with comic squeal.
The referee decided it was a red-card, and opinion is divided on whether that was harsh or indeed the right decision.
Spurs were now out of the game, but Liverpool rubbed salt in the wounds before full-time.
Good work on the right from Henderson and Suarez saw the ball land at the feet of Flanagan at the far post - who struck in off the woodwork for 3-0 and his first professional goal.
They soon made it four. Substitute Luis Alberto chipped through a clever pass to Suarez who delicately lofted the ball over the onrushing Lloris for four.
Then Suarez turned provider again. Rampant Liverpool made it five when the Uruguayan turned a ball into the path of Raheem Sterling who tucked the fifth beyond Lloris with a smile on his face - and suddenly Andre Villas-Boas’ job looks in doubt once again.