Difficult Task For Liverpool At Spurs
I'd bank on him netting or setting one up...
Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday on the back of a convincing 3-0 win over fellow Londoners West Ham United. Arguably the victory isn't a worthy example of decent form but as proved against Chelsea this season the Reds don't necessarily need good form to be beating big teams.
Spurs are on the back of uplifting wins over Werder Bremen in the Champions League and a hard fought victory over bitter rivals Arsenal in the Premier League last weekend. With players such as Gareth Bale looking a stronger threat as each game goes by, Liverpool need to be on their toes for Sunday's fixture.
The Reds are without influential captain Steven Gerrard who we will sorely missed. Also still out is Daniel Agger. Jay Spearing is the latest to be added to the injury list after he cracked a bone above his ankle. Some good news though is the possible re-emergence of Joe Cole, Hodgson is hoping to reintroduce the winger in the clash with Spurs.
As for Harry Redknapp he has injuries to Huddlestone, Dos Santos, Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate who all have groin problems. O'Hara is also out and doubtful are Jenas and Dawson. Van Der Vaart is on the doubtful list too with Redknapp quoting that it would be "50/50" as to whether he would be able to face Liverpool.
We have to go back to the 07/08 season for our last victory at White Hart Lane and last time out we didn't fair too well losing 2-1.
Harry Redknapp will surely enjoy a win over us but with Roy Hodgson no doubt holding his own will to beat a fellow English managers team it could well be a battle of wits.
The main problem for Liverpool i fear is keeping the strong attack from Spurs at bay. With the likes of Johnson sometimes leaving gaps in the defence and Martin Skrtel looking a little wobbly of late i think we may benefit more so from playing Kyrgiakos to add that extra bit of support, not only this but as we all know the big lad can nick a goal from a set piece and to be honest unless Torres has a stormer on Sunday i think set pieces are the only way we are going to threaten.
A fair result looking into this game would probably be a loss for Liverpool but i think we are capable of getting a draw. A win is probably out of the question but you never know we might do a Chelsea again.
With Lucas back from suspension let's hope that it's himself and Meireles who feature in the centre of midfield rather than one of them and Poulsen.
I don't think anyone is expecting much for Sunday but hopefully it will be an entertaining match.