Liverpool vs. Tottenham: Why Spurs Will Win at Anfield
Spurs can move to within three points of United if they can overturn Liverpool in Monday evening's game at Anfield.
A few weeks ago it looked as though Tottenham's title hopes might have finally been fading. But, suddenly, after Manchester City's loss at Everton and Manchester United's struggles against Liverpool and Chelsea, the north London club were thrown a lifeline.
However, if they are to reel in the Manchester clubs, Tottenham will have to perform at Anfield this evening.
It will not be easy; Liverpool have found some form in recent weeks. After two surprising cup performances and a win over Wolves in the league, they will be pushing to continue their revival on home soil—a place where they have yet to lose this season.
But, Tottenham have proven time and time again that they are a different animal this season.
I believe Tottenham will have too much for Liverpool. Here is why.
It was only five months ago that Tottenham dismantled Liverpool at White Hart Lane. The final score was 4-0 in September's match, which was dominated by Spurs.
A lot has changed since mid-September: Liverpool have found their feet, there are players missing through injury and league-standing pressures that weren't there last time the two clubs met are now in the forefront of everyone's mind.
But, even though a match at Anfield will provide a much sterner test for Spurs, they still look to have the stronger team, with key players who are in scintillating form.
Although Liverpool have not lost at Anfield this season, they have been far from impressive at their home ground. Seven draws in eleven games is the statistic that takes the shine off Liverpool's home record this season.
With Luka Modric, Gareth Bale and Spurs' new signing Louis Saha all looking to score goals, Liverpool will have to respond with goals of their own—something that they have been struggling with so far this season.
Harry Redknapp's Record Against Liverpool
Harry Redknapp has had a tough few weeks in court facing charges over tax evasion, but he is sure to be relishing the prospect of being back with his team this evening.
It seems as though Redknapp has Liverpool's number. As Tottenham manager, Redknapp has recorded six wins in his last eight games against the Reds.
In his last trip to Anfield in May last year, he managed to guide his team to a 2-0 victory. Anfield's volatile atmosphere does not seem to phase him or his team.
The explosive winger is in top form and will be a constant worry for Liverpool's back line.
It is likely that Gareth Bale will be heavily marked in an attempt to nullify his impact on the game. But is that the solution?
Kenny Dalglish, the Liverpool manager, does not want to commit too many of his players to dealing with the threat of the Welshman. In doing so, he could weaken the defensive unit as a whole.
Tottenham's assistant manager Kevin Bond, who has been looking after the team in Redknapp's absence, has praised Bale for his recent performances.
"He's on top of his form, you can see he is full of confidence at the moment," Bond told reporters.
"He is improving, he has done terrific and I think there is still more to come from him and he wants to improve as well."
As someone who often produces his best in the big matches, Bale could be a game-changer.
Liverpool's Squad Harmony and the Return of Suarez
Luis Suarez's eight-match suspension has now ended and the Uruguayan will be itching to get back onto the field against Tottenham.
This might seem like a positive for Liverpool, although it does pose some problems for Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish, who has seen his side flourish in recent games without the striker.
Suarez will not be completely match-sharp after his suspension and is likely to take a few games to get back to his best.
On the other hand, Andy Carroll has been improving with every match and the tactics that the manager is currently employing seem to be working for the team.
This season has been a breakthrough season for Tottenham Hotspur. The north London club look like serious challengers for the Premier League trophy for the first time.
If Spurs are victorious against Liverpool this evening, it would mean the gap between them and Manchester United decreases to only three points
Becoming serious contenders for the top prize in English football would mark a new era for the north London Club.
Expect Tottenham to give it everything.