King on Liverpool test

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Ledley King is already looking ahead to Tottenham’s Premiership opener against Liverpool on Sunday.

The Spurs skipper is hoping for a repeat performance of last season’s encounters at White Hart Lane, which saw Spurs beat Rafa Benitez’s side in the Premiership and Carling Cup.

“With the fans behind us we’re a tough team to beat and the record shows that,” King told Ham&High Sport.

“I think we only conceded 10 goals last season, and against the top four we only conceded against Liverpool. That shows good form against those teams, and that’s something to carry into this season.”

Tottenham ended last season with a 3-1 defeat at Anfield, but King has put the result behind him.

“We haven’t been talking about that defeat,” said King. “We don’t know what team they’re going to play or what changes they’re going to make from last season, and we did beat them at the Lane last season.

“It’s going to be a different game to the one at Anfield, but it’s going to be a tough game. We’re aware of that so we’re just making sure that our preparation’s right.

“Alonso’s a good player so I’m sure any team would miss him, but they’ve got a good manager who’s brought in a new player, Aquilani. I’ve seen a bit of him and he looks good. We’re yet to see how he’ll settle into the team, but I’m sure they’ll juggle a few things around and they’ll still be a strong team.

“I’m a little bit surprised that they haven’t bought another striker this summer, but obviously the manager believes in the players he’s got as back-up, so it’s not for me to worry about.”

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