Holding On: The Spurs Preview

Alex Livesey

We welcome a resurgent Spurs to Anfield on Sunday after a shaky end to our midweek win.

US: 11AM EST-NBC Sports

UK: 4PM BST-Sky Sports 1

After our win against Sunderland made it seven wins on the bounce, we now look ahead to Sunday, taking on Tottenham for the second time this season, looking to do the double, but Spurs will be looking to avenge the 5-0 thrashing we put on them at White Hart Lane. In that match they looked pretty awful, and the wheels completely fell off when they were reduced to 10 men. Months later and Tottenham are still being thrashed by the top clubs, so Liverpool will likely have a high level of confidence going into the match.

There's no new injury concerns for the Reds, apart from Jose Enrique (he's been forced into exile) and Sebastian Coates. For Tottenham, Vlad Chiriches, Ettiene Capoue, and Erik Lamela are definitely out, and born-again Emanuel Adabayor is a doubt with a gash on his heel.

Daniel Sturridge became the fastest player since the 1890s to score 30 goals for Liverpool, and also made SAS the first strike partnership to score at least 20 goals each in a season since 1963-64. After Jan Vertonghen's statement that "The only difference between Liverpool and Spurs is Luis Suarez", DStudge'll look to be on his best form in order to prove him wrong. Suarez meanwhile will look to reverse an uncharacteristically wobbly performance against Sunderland. By his lofty standards, he had a quiet game. He's also not been on his free kick game lately, but he had a similar game coming into the WHL tie earlier in the season. And considering he scored a hat-trick against Cardiff, we're not worried just yet. Maybe he just wanted to give Stevie G his customary one screamer a season...

Tottenham are one of the only sides who've changed managers to have a better record since said change, and a player to watch will be Christian Eriksen. He's been vital in what Spurs have been doing, and Stevie will have his hands full if we want to keep him isolated. Again, Stevie's on those 9 yellows, and he'll be having to deal with Eriksen's pace with that in the back of his mind. There's also Roberto Soldado, who's struggled a bit, but give him a chance, and he'll take it. If it's from the penalty spot.

Some other thoughts:

-Jordan Henderson might be vital here. As said above, Stevie's on the yellow card warning, and Hendo'll probably be asked to help him as much as possible. He was also important in the earlier game, attacking with great drive and intent. (JAceKopite16)

-The mistakes need to go, but that's a given. I think we do look better defending from open play, but we need to cut down the errors on set pieces. (JAceKopite16)

-This is the last hope for Tottenham to have a chance at the top four, and surely they'll be going hard for all three points even at Anfield. That tactic plays right into Liverpool's hands, especially considering some of the issues Tottenham have had with high powered attacking sides. (loyal2reds)

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