Match Preview, Liverpool vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Tuesday 10th February 2015. 8pm GMT KO.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: Anfield.

TV: Live on BT Sport 1. Worldwide TV listings HERE.

After triumphing in the North London Derby, we almost instantly have to re-focus on what is another massive game against a really good side, wanting to continue our good form and build on the fantastic result against Arsenal. The way in which we played was admirable, and now we have to replicate that intensity and energy this Tuesday against an energetic, creative Liverpool side, who at home are very difficult to beat, and always recognised as a side with a brilliant record at Anfield, with the Kop behind them. With the form we are in, we have to look to keep this momentum going and with confidence elevated within the squad we have all the tools to succeed in Merseyside against a good side, but one that is still finding it’s feet after the sale of Luis Suarez. At the moment we sit in 5th place, just one point off Manchester United in 4th and two points away from Southampton in 3rd, and now we must be looking to break our way into that top four bracket, and have a good opportunity to keep up the pressure with a win at Anfield, as tough as the game will no doubt be. I think we go into the game without fear; we have a team functioning well, that now knows that on their day, can beat any side in the League, and the good mentality that has been grinded into their make up by Mauricio Pochettino is starting to pay off magnificently, as the side never looks like losing, and even if we do go a goal behind there isn’t panic, and we always seem to be self-assured that we will snatch a goal or two with the quality we have up top, so, heading into another big game at Anfield, I’m confident of taking at least a point, and I’m sure Pochettino and the players feel the same.

Focusing on Liverpool; after a tough start to their season, with the loss of Luis Suarez, and the failure to settle in by some of their big signings, it was a turbulent beginning, with intense media scrutiny on their performances and results, but, they have recently started to pick up their displays and showcase more energy, creativity and goal threat than previously. They have hit good form, and in their last five Premier League games they have won 4 and drawn 1, and are unbeaten in 8 League fixtures, with their last loss coming to Manchester United, 3-0, back in mid December, so there is no doubt that we are coming into a very difficult fixture, with this Liverpool side in a winning mentality, despite their Merseyside derby bore draw at Goodison Park on Saturday evening. They will be high on confidence having gone unbeaten at Anfield in 9 games in all competitions, with only Chelsea back in early November scraping a 2-1 win. In our last game against the Merseyside giants, we fell to a 3-0 defeat at White Hart Lane at the start of the season, being unlucky to lose by that scoreline, but deservedly losing the game at the very start of Mauricio Pochettino’s reign at White Hart Lane. Then, the last time we visited Anfield was under Tim Sherwood’s tenure near the end of last season, a 4-0 defeat to a devastatingly good Liverpool side who had the power of Luis Suarez at their disposal, and a very well drilled and functioning side that was threatening for the League, whereas our side was to put it lightly, dysfunctional and poorly managed. Now though, it’s a different story and we will be looking to put the record straight after our poor displays in recent times against the Reds. We both had a derby on the Saturday, and we came out on top while Liverpool couldn’t get on the scoreboard in a 0-0 draw, and now we’ll be hoping we can keep Liverpool at bay and grab another three points within three days.

The team news for Liverpool is that key man Phillipe Coutinho have recovered from knock in the game against Everton to be fit for this game, but Lucas Leiva (groin), Brad Jones (hip), Raheem Sterling (foot) and John Flanagan (knee) are out, while Adam Lallana is in line to return to contention after a groin injury, which will be a big plus for the Reds. There is no doubting that having Phillipe Coutinho fit for the Reds will be a God send for Liverpool, who rely on him for creativity, goals and their overall ability to impact games and change them in Liverpool’s favour. Coutinho, recently, has been brilliant, and has 3 goals and 5 assists so far this season, which isn’t spectacular, but recently he has upped his game and become a more integral part of the Liverpool side, and has a similar effect on the side that Christian Eriksen has to our side, with his ability to see passes and gaps, as well as spread the play and contribute with goals and assists. Unfortunately for Liverpool, England and Daniel Sturridge, the striker has been side lined for a long period of time, but is now starting to get back into his stride, and returned against West Ham with a goal, and made an appearance from the bench against Everton at the week-end and will be hoping he can get back into the starting line up as soon as possible, but youngster Jordan Ibe may have something to say about that! The 21-year-old attacker was electric in the Merseyside derby and will be hoping he can get a sustained period of time in the side, and have his effect on Liverpool’s fortunes, he has pace, good technique and can cause problems for defenders. He is certainly one to watch out for in a dangerous Liverpool attacking group.
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The team news for Tottenham is that DeAndre Yedlin is the only absentee from the squad due to international duty with the USMNT, but other than that our side is 100% fit, healthy and raring to go, and long may it continue! Nabil Bentaleb returned to fantastic effect against Arsenal, but it was Andros Townsend who missed out on the 18 man squad who will be looking to fight his way back in, along with Younes Kaboul, Vlad Chiriches, Etienne Capoue and Emmanuel Adebayor, who’s futures don’t look bright at Tottenham at this moment in time.

There seems to be only one man who I can talk about at the moment and that man is Harry Kane. He is beyond unbelievable and is in nothing short of World Class form, hitting the 22-goal mark against Arsenal and continuing to silence any doubters he has left. Now, another big game is looming large and we are looking to the 21-year-old man in form to deliver once again and outshine the other English firepower in the ranks of Liverpool. You can see that he is enjoying himself on the field, and is relaxed about his chances, as he knows that when he gets one, he will take it, and he is being brilliantly clinical in front of the two posts. His all round game is the best in the Premier League at the moment, and every pundit across the land is running out of superlatives for the man who performs beyond disbelief. Now, after dismantling Arsenal and Chelsea, I am sure Harry Kane’s eyes are lighting up at the prospect of adding another side to his collection of goals. I don’t think anyone would put it past him! Mousa Dembele is along with the rest of the side who have been overshadowed by Kane’s greatness, as quietly in the background the powerful Belgian has been performing admirably just behind the striker, holding the ball and moving it beautifully, and really making the side tick over nicely, and against Liverpool, with the absence of Lucas Leiva, the grit in midfield, I think Mousa could have a big impact on the outcome of this game, and if he can get into his stride and effect the game in a similar way that he did against Arsenal, then I think along with Harry Kane, Mousa could be a vital part of any success. In the engine, it’s Nabil Bentaleb and Ryan Mason who are putting in the work, and we will need them to be at the top of their games, to harass the creative spark of Liverpool’s midfield and take control of the game with their energetic and positive way of playing the game, and Nabil Bentaleb’s more offensive nature could be key as well, being the player who provided the inch perfect cross for Harry Kane’s winning header in the North London Derby. He really is a bright prospect for the future, and I look forward to seeing him develop even further. In defence, the partnership of Eric Dier and Jan Vertonghen is looking very fruitful, with the defenders not only building a good understanding between themselves, but also their fullbacks, with Dier and Walker interchanging and helping each other well, and the same for Vertonghen and Rose. Dier has really showed his maturity in that centre back position, and showed how much better suited to that role he is than at right back.

Match stats provided by Opta:

– The Reds have lost just one of their last 20 Premier League home matches against Spurs (W13 D6 L1).

– Spurs managed just one shot on target when they entertained Liverpool at White Hart Lane earlier in the season.

– Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur in the fixture with the most own goals in Premier League history (9), with three of them being netted by Jamie Carragher.

– The Reds have scored 15 goals in the last four Premier League meetings with Spurs, while the Lilywhites have failed to register on the score sheet in any of the last three.

– Liverpool have won just four of their last 11 Premier League home matches (W4 D5 L2).

– Liverpool scored their 10th Premier League penalty against Tottenham in the reverse fixture last August. This took them clear of Manchester City against Aston Villa as the team with most penalties against a single opponent.

– Spurs have won five of their last seven Premier League away games.

– All seven matches in that run have seen exactly three goals scored and finished either 2-1 or 3-0.

– Jordan Henderson has scored in two of his last three Premier League games against Spurs.

– Harry Kane has now scored 22 goals in all competitions this season; more than any other Premier League player.

– Kane has scored 11 goals in his last 14 appearances for Spurs in all competitions.

Another massive game looming large! A trip to Anfield after a North London Derby, and we have to put the win to the back of our minds and focus fully on gaining another big win against a fellow top 4 competitor. It’s another chance for the players to show that this side is one that can compete for the Champions League positions this season, and hopefully we are able to complete what would be a brilliant couple of weeks, securing our place at Wembley, triumphing in the North London Derby, and then winning at Anfield is what dreams are made of for Spurs fans! The game is being shown live on BT Sport 1, but you can follow me on twitter, here: @AddictedToSpurs, for all the match updates including goals, videos, photos and much more. Give us a follow and let’s get three points! COYS!!

My predicted/preferred side to face Liverpool at Anfield:
Walker – Dier – Vertonghen – Rose
Mason – Bentaleb
Lamela – Dembele – Eriksen

Mauricio Pochettino previews the trip to Merseyside:

Match Review, Tottenham vs Liverpool.

Match: Sunday 31st August 2014.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

Result: Tottenham 0-3 Liverpool.

Liverpool GoalScorers: Sterling 8′, Gerrard (pen) 49′ & Moreno 60′.

Not what we wanted, at all. If we were going to lose, we wanted it to be with dignity, to show fight, ambition against a brilliant footballing side who have incredible fire-power, but we didn’t, we seemed off the pace, we didn’t show anywhere near the sort of fluidity and pace as we did against QPR. Pushing, pressing and creating chances is exactly what we wanted from the team but it seemed the mere sight of a top team forced the players to drop deeper, make stupid irrational decisions and play with fear instead of freedom. I don’t think we can blame Pochettino for that; I’m sure he set the team out to push forward and take the initiative, but the players didn’t do it as they seem set in their ways to always act as the underdogs instead of taking momentum into the game and playing good football. It’s very disappointing and being serious, the players might need psychological help to get over what seems to be a mental block of playing with freedom against big teams. Very early days for Pochettino and his staff, but a lot of work to be done. I believe we will improve and I believe Pochettino will be a massive success at Tottenham, but he needs time and he needs support, from Daniel Levy, the players, and the fans. Mauricio has already labeled it a project – and we are only at the start, so keep faith and let’s hope for a better result next time out.

The goals conceded were sloppy, individual mistakes, which is something we are used to from last season. The penalty simply wasn’t a penalty – and should have been a booking for diving for Joe Allen, who funnily enough would have then been sent off for his second bookable offence, but it wasn’t Tottenham’s day and we have to move on, not dwell on what is a very disappointing result that seems to take everyone straight back down to earth. Liverpool played very well – what we saw from them was the result of a project paying off – giving time to a very talented and tactically astute manager and after a full season in charge, a phenomenal second and then what could be an even better third season if they continue to play like they did against us. Their front 3/4 was untouchable, Sturridge, Balotelli and Sterling moved, and ran all over our back 4, they played with fluidity and an understanding, which is what our front 4 lacked, but I’m sure will improve as the season goes on. Liverpool are at a stage that we have to strive for – players playing as one, fighting as one and winning as one. Despite how poor we were, Liverpool were delightful (absolutely sickeningly so) to watch.

The players didn’t perform in this game, there was no stand out player and certainly no Tottenham man of the match. Every single player has to improve from this display and that starts against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light after the international break. It’s also a big deadline day, where I’m sure we’ll see a few outs, and hopefully 1 or 2 players come in. Younes Kaboul captained the side, and he did not lead by example, which is what you want from a captain. He may bark orders but when you’re making so many mistakes and forcing so many groans out of the fans’ and possibly his team-mate’s mouths, something isn’t right. He’s not been the same since a massive injury and it breaks my heart that that is the case, but the sooner Federico Fazio comes in to replace him alongside Jan Vertonghen the better, as Jan is seemingly trying to second guess the liability that is now Kaboul. It is harsh for me to single out Kaboul, as he certainly wasn’t the only one – Danny Rose didn’t have a good game, neither did Christian Eriksen or Andros Townsend. There is a lot of room for improvement and we’ve got time on the training pitch with the international break to put right some wrongs.

It is hard to take, but we have to move on from it. A difficult game against a superior opposition, as much as it pains me to say it, it is the truth. Now we have a break, before returning to action against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday 13th September. Let’s hope we can get a win. Follow my twitter for all the updates throughout deadline day and the international break here: @AddictedToSpurs. Up the Spurs! COYS!

My player ratings for the team that faced Liverpool at the Lane:
Lloris – 6
Dier – 7.5
Kaboul – 3.5
Vertonghen – 5
Rose – 4
Bentaleb – 6
Capoue – 5.5
Lamela – 6
Eriksen – 5
Chadli – 6
Adebayor – 6.

Townsend – 2
Dembele – 5
Davies – 6.

Pochettino’s post match interview:

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Liverpool.

Match date & time: Sunday 31st August 2014. 1:30pm GMT KO.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: White Hart Lane.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1.

Our third home game in a row has arrived and it’s our biggest and toughest game of the season so far, Liverpool Football Club travel down South to do battle with the team in form in the Premier League. Top of the League, playing some scrumptious football & most importantly getting good results. We are very high on confidence and I’m sure we’ll go into the game fired up and ready to seize revenge on Liverpool who have made us suffer in recent games. A very tough test against a very good team is on the horizon and I’m excited; it’s going to be a cracker. Goals are expected – along with swashbuckling counter attacking football, with plenty of pace, skill & strength on display from both teams who like to play football in a proper way – entertaining the fans.

In the last games, Liverpool traveled to the Etihad and received a 3-1 drubbing from the Premier League Champions Manchester City, a lacklustre performance from a team who has high hopes this season of challenging for the title. In the first game of the season, at Anfield Liverpool scraped past Southampton not very convincingly against a Southampton team that’s been taken to shreds in the transfer market, although now building back up fairly strongly. So we haven’t seen the best of Liverpool so far this season, but I’m sure we’ll be in for a stern test at the Lane. Tottenham have won all 4 games during Mauricio Pochettino’s reign; albeit 2 of the victories came against AEL Limassol, we have still been very impressive and haven’t looked like losing really at many points in the 4 games. It’s been a good start and now we have to show we can fight with the big teams again, especially at White Hart Lane.

The team news for Liverpool shows they have quite a defensive problem, with Glen Johnson (thigh), Alberto Moreno (ankle) and Martin Skrtel (knock) all doubts for the game. The good news for Liverpool is that two new signings are in line to make the squad, and possibly their debuts at the Lane: Mario Balloteli who joined from AC Milan this week is in the squad, along with Adam Lallana, who has recovered from a knee injury and is in line to make the 18.

The players to watch for Liverpool speak for themselves; in midfield the creative spark is sourced from Phillipe Coutinho, who has such quick feet and an eye for a pass, he can slot in the striker with ease and find that killer ball, as well as taking responsibility and taking a shot on, he’s very dangerous and a handful – so we’ll need our midfielders and defenders in top condition to deal with his threat. Upfront, both Daniel Sturridge and Mario Balloteli are big goal threats – they are quick, powerful and clinical in front of goal and you’ll be lucky to catch one of them on an off day, let alone two. Both players are known to be wriggly and slimy, dropping off, moving to the flanks and getting in behind the defence, they’re a massive handful and once again, we’ll have to have our concentration levels in tip top condition. In defence is where Liverpool’s weakness lies; they are not as organised as they should be, and not as tight as they should be, it is a big weakness which they’ve tried to work on and improve but what’s evident from both the Southampton and Manchester City game is that the opposition will get chances – and we need to be on hand to take them, clinically.

The team news for Tottenham is that Nabil Bentaleb, Jan Vertonghen, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are all back after being rested in midweek, while Vlad Chiriches returns after a back problem. New signing Federico Fazio is also in contention after signing in midweek, but Roberto Soldado is a doubt with a neck/back problem, and Kyle Walker (pelvis) remains injured. A near enough full squad to choose from for Mauricio Pochettino, and it’s one hell of a strong one. It must be a very nice problem to have for the Boss.

After an incredible performance against QPR at the Lane last weekend, there aren’t many changes, if any, that I’d make to the team. Erik Lamela, Christian Eriksen and Nacer Chadli all seem to have worked very, very well behind Emmanuel Adebayor. Nabil Bentaleb and Etienne Capoue have shown they have quite a connection in the middle of the park, and in defence Younes Kaboul and Jan Vertonghen were incredibly solid and comfortable, with Danny Rose and Eric Dier put in stellar work in the full-back positions. Any changes to the team would either have to be enforced, showing something better in training, or a change in emphasis for a sterner more attacking test in Liverpool. But, if the team that beat QPR performs to that level once again, harassing, pressing and upsetting the opposition, winning the ball back and counter attacking at pace, I truly believe we’ll be able to see off the threat from Liverpool, but for sure, it will be very difficult. We’ve got to find a balance between sitting back and defending and full blown attack, and I trust Pochettino to do this, as his research into the opposition is what gives us the edge I think.

Match stats & facts provided by Opta:

– The Reds’ 5-0 win at White Hart Lane in December last season ended a run of five consecutive Premier League home wins for Spurs against Liverpool.

– Liverpool won six points against Tottenham in the Barclays Premier League last season with an aggregate score of 9-0.

– Liverpool’s defeat at Manchester City last Monday was their first away from home in the Premier League in 2014 (W7 D2 L1).

– Tottenham have won five of their last six Premier League games (L1).

– Eric Dier is the first defender in Premier League history to score in his first two appearances.

– Etienne Capoue has made more passes (196) than any other Premier League player this season.

– Liverpool have scored 60 Premier League goals in 2014, seven more than any other side.

– After assisting only one goal in his first 10 PL appearances for Tottenham, Erik Lamela assisted two goals in the space of seven first half minutes vs QPR last weekend.

– Daniel Sturridge has only scored in two of his last eight Premier League games.

– Liverpool have not lost back to back games in the Premier League since December 2013.

A huge game! It’s going to be exciting, nerve-racking and everything in-between. The game is televised in the UK, live on Sky Sports 1, with kick off at 1:30pm! You can follow all the action, with goal updates, photos, videos and much more at my twitter account here: @AddictedToSpurs. Looking forward to it! Let’s keep this winning run going. COYS!!

My predicted team to face Liverpool at White Hart Lane:
Dier – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Rose
Capoue – Bentaleb
Lamela – Eriksen – Chadli

Mauricio Pochettino speaks ahead of Tottenham vs Liverpool:

Match Preview, Liverpool vs Tottenham.

Match date & time: Sunday 30th March 2014. Kick off at 4pm.

Competition: Premier League.

Venue: Anfield.

TV: Live on Sky Sports 1.

Our last game against one of the ‘big teams’ this season. Our form against the big teams has been nothing short of appalling, under AVB and Tim Sherwood, we have been unable to muster a big performance on the big stage and that is beyond disappointing, and it’s the reason we will most likely miss out on Champions League football once again. We now have our final chance to make a statement, and make the best out of what has been a distinctly average season. A win at Anfield would be a massive lift to the club, and you never know, could turn this season into a spectacular one. 7 games to go, and we have to win every one. Let’s get behind the boys.

Our recent form against the Scousers doesn’t give us much hope going into this game! We haven’t beaten Liverpool since 2012, a 2-1 win at the Lane with Lennon and Bale scoring, since then a lot has changed, and in the last two fixtures we have lost with 8 goals conceded in those two games, so defensively we have to be at our very, very best to deal with the free flowing, creative and clinical attack that Liverpool possess. Our 5-0 loss at the Lane is something we need to avenge. That was difficult; for me the worst defeat of the season because of how emphatic it was, and how our players gave up in front of the home fans. We’ve got to be mentally strong for this one as well as physically capable. A thrashing would be absolutely terrible, not that it’s ever good, but it would just be kick you in the bollocks and spit in your face terrible.

Liverpool are a top team in incredible form at this point in time, they are fighting for the title, as sad as it is to admit. They sit 2nd in the Premier League, although Manchester City have two games in hand on the reds as they sit in third. 68 points, 12 points ahead of ourselves in 6th. It’s obvious the extra training days and lack of Europe has helped, but the main difference between Spurs and Liverpool is that Liverpool kept Luis Suarez and we sold Gareth Bale. I think they play flowing football and Brendan Rodgers has done a brilliant job; but there are weaknesses, for sure, they are not unbeatable and they showed that in their shaky 2-1 win over Sunderland on Wednesday. Defensively they have loads of gaps; but obviously their attack makes up for it. We need to be defensively strong and take our chances, because there will definitely be chances for us!

The team news for Liverpool shows another factor in why they have overtaken us this season; only Enrique is out for the game on Sunday; other than that, they have a full squad. The danger players are obvious. They are Liverpool’s attacking partnership of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge; Suarez being the leading goalscorer in the Premier League with 28 goals, and Sturridge second with 20 goals. In midfield, it’s obviously Steven Gerrard who gives Liverpool that fight, grit and experience which stands them in good stead for the title race.

20140329-172313.jpg The team news for Spurs is that Erik Lamela (thigh/back), Etienne Capoue (ankle) and Kyle Walker (pelvis) have been ruled out of the game with Liverpool, while Vlad Chiriches is a doubt after playing 90 minutes for the U21 team on Friday, and Emmanuel Adebayor is also a doubt with a knee injury, but Tim Sherwood is hopeful he will make the squad. The good news is that Mousa Dembele has trained all week and is at full fitness, with Michael Dawson returning from a hamstring injury, Paulinho fully recovered from his calf injury and Sandro returning to the team after missing the Southampton game.

Even if Emmanuel Adebayor does make it; it’s likely he won’t be 100% fit, and I think after his performance against Southampton, Roberto Soldado does not deserve to be dropped, and neither does Nacer Chadli, or certainly Christian Eriksen, so I don’t think we’ll see Adebayor start, but it’d be great to see him involved on the bench as another option if things don’t work out for Roberto Soldado. Gylfi Sigurdsson changed the game up against Southampton with Mousa Dembele not having the best of game with his fitness being low, but even though he did, I don’t think he’ll start ahead of Mousa Dembele, and with Sandro back it is also a big boost to our midfield and makes it much more solid. Defensively, even after his two mistakes against Southampton, Kyle Naughton is set to continue at right back, and he performed well in the second half against the Saints, so he needs to pick himself up and play like he has in his recent games and we have no concerns over him.

Match stats provided by Opta.

– Liverpool v Tottenham has seen more own goals than any other fixture in Barclays Premier League history (8).

– Tottenham haven’t lost three Barclays Premier League away games in a row since January 2009.

– Liverpool have had win/win results in their last 10 home wins.

– Tottenham against Liverpool has seen the joint-most penalties in Premier League history (17 along with Everton v Newcastle), with 11 of them coming at Anfield.

– Spurs didn’t manage a single shot on target in their 0-5 defeat to the Reds in December at White Hart Lane; the only game they haven’t managed one this season. This result marked the end of Andre Villas-Boas’ stint as Tottenham manager.

– Liverpool have had Over 1.5 1st half goals in their last five matches against top-six teams.

– Liverpool have won 11 and lost none of their last 12 Premier League games at Anfield.

– Daniel Sturridge has scored 11 goals in 11 Premier League appearances at Anfield this season.

– Spurs have had Over 2.5 goals in their last five away matches against top-six teams.

– Liverpool have only failed to score in one of their last 16 Premier League games at Anfield.

– Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez are only the third pair to both score 20+ goals in a single season each (+ Andrew Cole and Peter Beardsley in 1993-94 and Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard in 2009-10).

– Liverpool have scored first in their last four home matches.

– Steven Gerrard has scored a league-high 10 goals from dead ball situations this season (eight penalties, two free kicks), while he also has the most assists from set pieces (7).

– Liverpool have scored before half-time in their last 21 Premier League games, an all-time record.

I’m strangely looking forward to the game; the pressure is all on Liverpool and we go into the game as definite underdogs, and hopefully that status will suit us and we can perform a shock! The game is live on Sky Sports, but I will be giving live updates on Sunday from my twitter account – @AddictedToSpurs, with photos, videos, goal updates and vines! COYS!!

My predicted/preferred team to face Liverpool at Anfield:
Naughton – Kaboul – Vertonghen – Rose
Dembele – Sandro
Lennon – Eriksen – Chadli

Tim Sherwood previews our trip to Anfield:

Match Review, Liverpool vs Tottenham

Liverpool 3-2 Tottenham
Suarez 21′ Vertonghen 45′, 53′
Downing 66′
Gerrard 82′

Very disappointing to lose this game, after a good performance, we deserved much more, but this is the Premier League, and frustrating defeats are very common for most teams. We went 1-0 down, Luis Suarez with a goal, and it looked like it was going to be their day, but then just before half time, Jan Vertonghen headed home and we started to really threaten. Second half, we played very well, and went ahead with another goal from Super Jan, this time with his feet, this made it look as though we could get an extraordinary win. Then a Kyle Walker mistake led to Downing getting the equaliser at a moment where we were comfortable. Then disaster struck, another mistake, this time from Jermain Defoe, led to Luis Suarez gaining a debatable penalty, Gerrard dispatched, unfortunately.

Mousa Dembele was absolutely brilliant, he played an unbelievable game, in a position where he isn’t comfortable, worked hard and pushed us forward really well, massive player for us. Jan Vertonghen was almost the hero, two really well taken goals, and he defended well all day, great performance. Scott Parker had a good game, tackled well, and when he had the opportunity to push forward, he did so effectively. It’s disappointing, but we still have third, and in a good place, a loss to a good Liverpool team isn’t that bad, we push forward and look to the next game. Our next game is against Inter Milan at the San Siro on Thursday 14th March, have to get through that. Then our next Premier League game is against Fulham at the Lane on Sunday, 17th March. COYS!!

My player ratings for the team that faced Liverpool at Anfield:
Lloris – 8
Walker – 6
Dawson – 8
Vertonghen – 9
Assou-Ekotto – 5
Dembele – 9
Parker – 8
Livermore – 6
Sigurdsson – 8
Bale – 8
Defoe – 6

Holtby – 6
Carroll – 7

Match Preview, Liverpool vs Tottenham

This will be a very difficult game to win, let alone get a point from, Liverpool are a good side, with very good players, to get anything at Anfield will be a bonus. Liverpool, on their day are brilliant, but when they don’t have a good day, they are very easy to defeat. They are very inconsistent, hot and cold, and at the moment, we are red hot, hopefully we can keep our run going and perform to our maximum. Luis Suarez is Liverpool’s main threat, he’s the Premier League’s top goal scorer with 21, and so he’s a definite threat, if any Liverpool player is going to score, it will be him.

Gylfi Sigurdsson, he has finally settled, and he’s playing some great football, he got an assist and a goal against Inter Milan, and also a goal against West Ham recently, so he’s in great form. Gylfi was close to signing for Liverpool in the Summer, but he chose Tottenham instead, and now he is going to face the team he almost joined. Jermain Defoe got himself in some great positions on Thursday against Inter, but he couldn’t finish them, he’s only just back from injury, so the run out against Inter should fully prepare him for this battle with Liverpool, goals please Jermain! Gareth Bale, he’s in blistering form, and he will be eager to continue that form, and keep scoring, so I find it hard to believe that the Liverpool defence will be able to keep him under control, expect another good performance from him. A massive game, lets keep the run going! The game is televised, it will be on Sky Sports with coverage starting at 3:00pm on Sunday. COYS!!

My preferred team to face Liverpool at Anfield:
Walker – Dawson – Vertonghen – Assou-Ekotto
Holtby – Parker – Dembele – Sigurdsson

Match Review, Tottenham vs Liverpool

What a brilliant win, a very important three points that sees us close the gap on Chelsea and move ahead of Arsenal. We started the first half extremely quickly and got two very good goals. We then dropped off the pace, and Liverpool started to attack us more frequently, to be honest, I was not very worried because I felt the attacking qualities that Liverpool had were very average. It took a very lucky own goal by Bale to put them in the mix for an equaliser, but thankfully it never came. Probably our best start to a game this season, very impressive.

Gareth Bale was phenomenal, defensively he helped Jan Vertonghen double up on Sterling, and his attacking play was simply stunning, every time he got the ball it looked like a chance was on the horizon. Michael Dawson has now proved himself, and while Kaboul is out he should partner Caulker. Mousa Dembele was immense, he made crucial tackles and his passing was spot on, nice to see him gliding past players such as Gerrard with ease again. Kyle Walker has returned to form, no more silly mistakes, he looks solid and saved us the game with an outstanding goal line clearance. This was an amazing win and I’m looking forward to continuing this form against Fulham on Saturday at Craven Cottage. COYS!!

My player ratings for the game against Liverpool:
Lloris – 8
Walker – 8
Gallas – 6 1/2
Dawson – 8
Vertonghen – 8
Lennon – 9
Sandro – 9
Dembele – 9
Bale – 9 man of the match
Dempsey – 7
Defoe – 7

Match Preview, Tottenham vs Liverpool

This is a very hard game, as is the trend with this November. This Liverpool side is nowhere near as good as they were 4-5 years ago, but they still pack a punch. Their main threat comes from Luis Suarez, he’s a very talented and skilful player and he will cause us problems, hopefully we can counter act their attacking flair with ours, and I have no doubt that ours is better than theirs. Liverpool have been poor this season, they have a very weak squad, so we can definitely get three points from this game if we put in a solid effort.

Clint Dempsey wanted a transfer to Liverpool, but they never made a bid for him; we then came in and got him for a very good price, I’m sure Liverpool will be kicking themselves now! Clint had a very good game against West Ham, and he should now push on and have a very good season. Hugo Lloris should play, he was world class against both Lazio and West Ham, and so should play in these big games. Mousa Dembele should play his first 90 minutes since returning from injury, and he’ll be a big factor in this game. It’s a big match, and it will finish off a hard November but hopefully we can end the month on a high. COYS!!

My preferred team to face Liverpool:
Walker – Dawson – Caulker – Vertonghen
Lennon – Sandro – Dembele – Bale