Five things learned from Liverpool's 3-0 win at Spurs: Moreno, Sterling & Lovren feature

Brendan Rodgers' side left White Hart Lane comfortable victors on Sunday. Here's what we learned...

The diamond doesn't need polishing

Liverpool's 3-0 win at White Hart Lane on Sunday saw the return of the diamond. And what a sight it was.

New £16 million signing Mario Balotelli allowed for the formation to be adopted, of course, even if didn't have a particularly fruitful day in front of goal himself.

With two up front, the Reds suddenly looked like the side of yesteryear, that scored freely and troubled defenders at will. No more was the static lack of fluidity Rodgers' side displayed against Southampton and Manchester City.

Moreno magic

It took a long time for Liverpool to prise Alberto Moreno away from Sevilla. A whole summer of wrangling and the small matter of a £12m fee.

So far, though, the Spaniard looks worth the wait. Worries over whether he is good enough defensively may have eased after a solid performance at the back against Tottenham Hotspur. And what a goal he scored to cap off the display. Not unlike a certain Welshman who used to play for Spurs.

Lovren is a leader

Another impressive defensive performance came from yet another summer signing for Liverpool, as Dejan Lovren blocked and tackled his way to earning his side a clean sheet. Mamadou Sakho, his partner, looked typically uneasy on the ball - but there were no such fears for the former Saints ace.

There are still minor issues to iron out but, in Lovren, Liverpool have a real leader who can take their back four to new heights.

Sensational Sterling

When writing about Liverpool, the same thing could be said every week: at 19 years of age, Raheem Sterling is mindbogglingly good.

The England youngster was at his best again today and could have had at least a hat-trick had he concentrated more in front of goal when the Reds were already 3-0 up.

For context, promising talent Jordon Ibe has gone out on loan to Derby County at the age of 18. Sterling, meanwhile, looks like he could be the best teenager on the planet at just one year older. How good is that?

There is no need to fear

Supporters could have been forgiven for fearing the worst after last Monday's 3-1 defeat to Manchester City. That loss, combined with Liverpool's laboured performance against Southampton in their Premier League opener, could have spelled trouble.

Rodgers' side have bounced back in style, however, and the Northern Irishman appears to have reacted quickly to the problems that were brought to his attention during those first two games.

Over the long term, there is no need to fear, especially after Manchester City slipped up against Stoke City. There will be plenty of twists and turns this season - and Liverpool will compete no matter what.

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