Spurs @ Anfield on Sunday 10th March @ 1600 GMT

LOCAL NEWS
Muscat Reds will be meeting at the Anfield Lounge, Habana Sports Bar.
Qatar Reds will be meeting at Radisson, near the framed LFC shirt. I will be in Qatar this week.
Bahrain Reds will start meeting back at Champs again, in the Best Western Juffair…and are hoping to hear news of their official status application soon.

MATCH PREVIEW
Liverpool will be hoping to claim a third consecutive league victory for the first time since April/May 2011 – when the Reds defeated Birmingham, Newcastle and Fulham when LFC play Andre Villas-Boas’ Spurs. Spurs enter this fixture in fine form, having not tasted defeat in the league since suffering a 1-2 reverse against Everton at Goodison Park back in early December. Their 2-1 win over Arsenal in the North London derby last weekend was their fourth consecutive win in the Premier League – the second time they’ve won four in a row in the league this season – and they now sit in 3rd place, five points behind Manchester City in 2nd and 12 points above 7th
placed Liverpool. Liverpool lost the reverse fixture 1-2 at White Hart Lane back in November and drew the corresponding fixture at Anfield last season 0-0.

This match will be the biggest test of the recent great run of of form as LFC play a top 10 team that have a great incentive to beat us (as opposed to Swansea who were concentrating on their next game which was a cup final)

In the Premier League this season:
Liverpool. Scored 53, conceded 34 with 11 clean sheets, 42 points.
Tottenham Hotspur. Scored 49, conceded 33 with 7 clean sheets, 54 points.

So despite scoring roughly the same amount of goals, and conceding the same amount, Spurs are 12 points ahead of LFC. It doesn’t seem quite right, but shows where we are suffering and Spurs are prospering. Even since we last met in November, when we finally started to play well and get results, and get Sturridge and outscore Spurs, we are still gaining fewer points…
Liverpool – P: 14 W: 8 D: 2 L: 4 F: 35 A: 16 GD: +19 Pts: 26
Tottenham – P: 14 W: 9 D: 4 L: 1 F: 24 A: 10 GD: +14 Pts: 31

The match day officials for this fixture is referee Michael Oliver.

PREDICTED TEAM
Goalkeepers: Reina
Defenders: Johnson, Agger, Carragher, Enrique
Midfielders: Lucas, Gerrard (c), Henderson
Strikers: Suarez, Sturridge, Coutinho

Agger and Carragher are likely to be the central pairing, though Spurs are likely to target Carra’s slowness with the much faster Adebayor or Defoe. The likely alternative is Skrtel, but there are reports of him being injured. Johnson and Enrique will be on the wings and will need to be in their fastest shoes to cope with Bale and Lennon, so it is likely that we will see less attacking forays from the pair as they are tasked with maintaining their presence on the wings. Also look to see the defence maintain a deeper line to nullify the rapid counter attacks.

Gerrard and Lucas are likely starters, but the third player in midfield will tell a lot about the way the team have been asked to perform in this game. If the third player is Allen, then LFC are looking at this game as underdogs and looking to contain and nullify the attacking threats of Spurs. If we play with Henderson, look for LFC to take advantage of playing at home, and taking the game to Spurs and asking hard questions of their defence. Even if the more mobile Henderson is tasked with shadowing Bale, then that frees up Gerrard.

Up front Sturridge should start if fit, with support from Suarez and Coutinho/Downing. Downing has completed an amazing turnaround from waste of money to first team regular, but Coutinho has impressed right from the first game. A lot will depend on the defensive duties expected of the front wingers. If there is more emphasis on countering Spurs, then expect Downing, but as we are at home, I expect LFC to play with Coutinho. However, if Sturridge is still out, the front three are likely to be Coutinho, Suarez, Downing.

STATISTICS

Liverpool’s Premier League record against Tottenham at Anfield:
P: 20 W: 12 D: 6 L: 2 F: 38 A: 17 GD: +21 Pts: 42

Liverpool’s overall league record against Tottenham:
Total – P: 139 W: 63 D: 35 L: 41 F: 216 A: 160 GD: +56
Home – P: 69 W: 43 D: 20 L: 6 F: 133 A: 55 GD: +78

LFC have only ever lost 6 times at home against Spurs in over 100 years! Based on 27.000 games it has been proven that only 72hrs recovery between games means 40% less chance of winning compared to 96hrs or more. Lets hope the ~66hrs Spurs have had since Inter won’t be enough!!

TRIVIA

Ian Callaghan has made the most appearances for Liverpool in this fixture with 34 (one goal scored), while Ian Rush has scored the most goals with 13 from 31 appearances. Robbie Fowler is slightly more prolific however, with seven goals in 13 appearances against Spurs. The Reds have signed just four players from Spurs and if the record of those four are anything to go by, the club would do well not to add to that number. Charles Hewitt was the first to make the move, joining Liverpool in 1907 for an unknown fee. Hewitt scored a decent six goals in 16 appearances during his one season at Anfield but is probably more famous for being awarded Human Society medals for saving no fewer than 11 lives prior to joining the Reds. Paul Stewart (1992; £2.3m), Neil Ruddock (1993; £2.5m) and
Robbie Keane (2008; £19m) all followed Hewitt to Anfield but none were able to make a big impact during their spells on Merseyside.

Liverpool have sold nine players directly to Spurs: Harry Bradshaw (1898; unknown fee), Ray Clemence (1981; £300,000), Paul Walsh (1988; £500k), Ronny Rosenthal (1994; £250k), John Scales (1996; £2.6m), Oyvind Leonhardsen (1999; £2.8m), Christian Ziege (2001; £4m), Jamie ‘Literally’ Redknapp (2002; free) and Robbie Keane (2009; believed to be around £16m).

ODDS
Home win 35%
draw 30%
Spurs win 35%

Thanks to http://tomkinstimes.com/

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