Fan Preview: Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur

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Wednesday evening’s rearranged trip to Anfield gives us an early opportunity to get the disappointment of last weekend’s result against Hull City out of our system. Boaz Myhill’s display of blocks, parries and reflex saves will live long in the memory, as will as the tight ball of frustration that must’ve built up in the solar plexus of every Spurs fan as the clocks on the Jumbotrons flickered forward towards ninety minutes.

Still, it wasn’t all black, none of the teams around us took advantage of our failure to notch and one of those was Liverpool of course. Since the snow postponement of Janury 10th the Scousers have turned a mini revival into a major crisis by getting knocked out of the Cup by Reading and suffering non-trivial injuries to Gerrard, Torres and Benayoun. At the weekend Benitez packed his team with defenders and picked up a point at Stoke City thus exhibiting a bit of character if nothing else. There’s no doubt that Liverpool fans will expect more of this and if we’re going to get a result from this game we’re going to have to sweat for it. Battling performances at Blackburn and Fulham recently indicate that we are well capable of it, this assumes though we don’t suffer from the normal BigFour-itis that tends to affect us when we visit one of the Moneybags League clubs. Glenn Johnson is still crocked, Maxi Rodriguez maybe be given his debut.

For us Lennon will probably miss out again, plus in defence Woodgate, King and Assou-Ekotto are absent. Bassong and Dawson have performed admirably during our amazing run of clean sheets and, without hopefully speaking too soon, Bale appears to have come of age so we have adequate replacements at the back. Modric played nominally on the right on Saturday though in fact he spent most of his time in what was an already overcrowded central midfield. He’s obviously been told that he can wander around wherever he feels like; it does narrow the play though, especially with Lennon missing. Huddlestone had a stinker on Saturday but is obviously one of Harry’s favourites so is more than likely to get another go. Up front there’ll be consternation if Keane gets the nod over Crouch.

We’ve a dismal record at Anfield as every schoolboy knows but here is a good opportunity to buck the trend. Assuming that we don’t get HowardWebbed and that the defence plays with its now familiar composure and robustness, we should be able to create enough chances to make sure we come away with a point at the very least and to be honest, anything else would be hugely disappointing.

By MF

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  1. They’ve got to be there for the taking. Missing their three best players through injury. The anfield faithful will give it their all but I feel the mighty spurs can hammer the final nail into the Spanish waiter’s coffin. Adios Raphael.

  2. They actually have of there four best including Glen Johnson missing so we are really going to let ourselves down if we don’t come away with a win. I think a draw would even be a disappointment.

  3. Let us not get over-complacent about winning this match just because they will be without their four best players. We have already failed to win matches against weaker teams because of over confidence or complacency. Precisely, because Liverpool will be without key players, they will be out to make a special winning effort through sheer determination. We have to be wary of this and play our very best football to pick those 3 valuable points at a crucial time. It is a MUST WIN for us.

  4. It’s a MASSIVE game, a six-pointer if ever there was one, the lads are going to have to give a MILLION per cent but at the end of the day it’s a game of two halves.

  5. They may be weakened but are also Desperate and we get overrun by desperate teams or in the case of Stoke and Hull Goalkeepers saves.Liverpool cannot lose this game because of what may Happen with there dept and Rafa will use any method to make sure they dont lose look out for 90 odd mins of chasing by four Lungs Kuyt and co, and there team will have Reina Maxi Lopes Agullani and the sorry boy Babbel so this wont be easy and we have Lennon and Hudds missing can we create we will see Robbie and Defoe Crouch to push raffer into more nastie rants. Coys

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