Luis Suarez’s Return Fails to Break Deadlock as Liverpool, Spurs Draw 0-0

Liverpool striker Luis Suarez returned from an eight-match suspension as his team was held to a 0-0 draw by Tottenham in English soccer’s Premier League.

Suarez, who hadn’t played since Dec. 26 due to a ban for racially abusing an opponent, came on as a second-half substitute at Anfield last night and missed a late chance when he headed straight at Spurs goalkeeper Brad Friedel. He also was yellow carded for kicking Scott Parker in the stomach.

“Every time Luis gets on the ball you think he’s going to do something,” Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish told his team’s website. “We’re delighted to get him back.”

The draw was Liverpool’s eighth at Anfield in the league this season, making the Reds the first team in England’s elite division to tie at least eight of their first 12 home matches in 31 years, according to Infostrada Sports.

Liverpool stays in seventh place with 39 points, while third-place Tottenham moves to 50 points, five behind Manchester United and seven back of league leader Manchester City. All 20 teams have played 24 of 38 games.

Spurs were without manager Harry Redknapp, who failed to attend the match after his flight from London was canceled. Redknapp spent yesterday in court, where he is fighting charges of tax evasion.

Midfielder Parker, who took the man-of-the-match award, said Redknapp was missed as Tottenham sought to close the gap behind the Manchester clubs. Gareth Bale had Spurs’ best chance when he went clear on goal with five minutes remaining, only to have his shot blocked by Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina.

“Harry gives that extra bit of energy,” Parker said in a televised interview with Sky Sports. “It was a tough night. We’ve come and got a point, kept a clean sheet and that’s the most important thing.”

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