Tim Sherwood's visitors didn't look anywhere near up for the prospect of exacting sweet revenge on their hosts for the 5-0 pounding they suffered in December at White Hart Lane.
And defensive errors littered their performance, with Liverpool's very first attack of the match culminating in a Younes Kaboul own goal after one minute and 38 seconds.
Suarez doubled the advantage on 25 minutes, preying on confusion amongst the Spurs back line after Jan Vertonghen was forcibly replaced by Michael Dawson to become the highest-scoring Liverpool player in a single league season.
Though Tottenham had occasional spells of decent possession, they did little more than underscore how impotent they were in the final third, other than perhaps remind the Reds not to get complacent.
Phillippe Coutinho's lovely low drive and Jordan Henderson's deceptive free-kick ensured there would be no repeat of the late drama in the win against Sunderland and put Brendan Rodgers' side top of the table at the end of the weekend.
It's now one win down, six to go in the very clear mission if Liverpool are to end their lengthy league title drought: win every remaining fixture and make it 14 victories in succession, and they will be champions.
2’ OWN GOAL! Liverpool 1-0 Tottenham - Spurs are immediately exposed by Liverpool’s first spell of possession – Johnson’s cross came off Kaboul and Liverpool lead inside two minutes!
24’ INJURY SUBSTITUTION - Vertonghen is not going to return after picking up a knock - he's replaced by Michael Dawson.
25’ GOAL! Liverpool 2-0 Tottenham – It’s Suarez! Another defensive nightmare and the Spurs back line, still re-organising from the change seconds earlier, let Suarez in to take it 10 yards forward and hammer a low shot across Lloris.
41’ OFF THE LINE! - ANOTHER Spurs howler at the back as Kaboul is caught out on the right wing and Suarez gets onto Sterling’s cross... off the underside of the bar thanks to a great Lloris hand! So close to a 30th of 2013/14!
55’ GOAL! Liverpool 3-0 Tottenham - COUTINHO! Nice low drive after bringing the ball forward off a confident counter attack. The shot itself was from a good 25 out. Clinical and confident!
75’ GOAL! Liverpool 4-0 Tottenham - Henderson's free-kick from the right wing is wickedly driven in and it appears to miss the crowd and stump Lloris! Suarez points back over to him – and if the goal-hungry record-breaker closest to getting a touch says it’s Jordan’s goal, it’s Jordan’s goal!
90' INJURY FOR SOLDADO - Bad to worse for Spurs - they're down to 10 men for stoppage time as Soldado is stretchered off with all subs used.
Suarez's 29th league goal of the season broke Robbie Fowler's record (28 in 1995/96) as the Liverpool player with the most goals in a Premier League campaign.
Suarez is now three goals away from breaking the Premier League record for goals scored in a single 38-game season, and six off breaking the record for both 38- and 42-match campaigns.
Liverpool v Tottenham has seen more own goals than any other fixture in Premier League history, with Kaboul’s second-minute OG extending the reigning record to nine.
Spurs have now conceded 25 goals in six matches against the current Premier League top three.
Will the pressure seep in now Liverpool are top and in control? As impressive as this performance was, the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea will surely offer a sterner test than Sherwood and Tottenham's sterile showing. The title is in Liverpool's hands now, but to amass an amazing 14-game winning streak to make sure of this will require more mental application with each game. Now that they are front and centre in the title race, can they perform the same way they did when free of serious pressure tucked behind the top three? Whatever the answer, it's going to be fascinating to watch it unfold.
MAN OF THE MATCH
Raheem Sterling, Liverpool - Sterling wasted not a second in realising how ripe for the picking this Spurs side was, and his combination of speed and strength was at full throttle. The standing ovation for his substitution was massively deserved.
LIVERPOOL: Mignolet 6, Johnson 7, Skrtel 8, Agger 7, Flanagan 6, Henderson 6, Gerrard 6, Coutinho 7, Suarez 8, Sturridge 7, Sterling 9. Subs: Allen 6, Lucas 6, Moses 5.
TOTTENHAM: Lloris 7, Naughton 5, Kaboul 5, Vertonghen 4, Rose 5, Bentaleb 4, Sigurdsson 4, Lennon 6, Chadli 6, Eriksen 6, Soldado 5. Subs: Dawson 4, Dembele 5, Townsend 6.
THE MATCH IN A TWEET
- Sports & Recreation
- Luis Suarez
- Younes Kaboul
- Michael Dawson