Tottenham vs. Liverpool: Key Takeaways from Brendan Rodgers' Pre-Match Presser

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistAugust 29, 2014

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 05:  Brendan Rodgers of Liverpool looks on prior to the the Barclays Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Liverpool at Selhurst Park on May 5, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Liverpool will hope that a trip to White Hart Lane on Sunday can provide them with an instant bounce back from Monday's 3-1 defeat at Manchester City, with Mario Balotelli set to make his Reds debut. 

Speaking in Friday's pre-match press conference, Brendan Rodgers talked of the Italian's swift transition to Anfield, per the Liverpool Echo's James Pearce, but was eager to ensure his new signing was not the sole focus:

It remains unknown as to whether Balotelli will see action from the first whistle for his first Liverpool appearance, with Spurs threatening to stretch their four-match winning streak.

Rodgers' described the loss to Manuel Pellegrini's side as "a strange feeling," given that his team have grown used to more resilient results over the past year:

In that fixture, Alberto Moreno made his debut for the club but suffered an ankle injury.

Rodgers gave nothing away on whether or not the Spaniard would feature at Tottenham, but confirmed there were other defensive doubts in his side leading up to Sunday's game:

More positive news for the side, however, is that Adam Lallana will be in the running to face Spurs and make his first appearance for the club.

Chris Shaw of the official Liverpool website quotes Rodgers as giving a confident tone regarding the England international's potential debut:

"Adam will be in the squad, for sure. He has looked fantastic in training. Of course he is well short of match fitness but in training for the last couple of weeks he has been exceptional."

The Northern Irishman added that Jose Enrique is close to fitness—so should Moreno be absent, his compatriot may be able to fill in—as well as noting the high morale among his players:

"Jose Enrique has been back training for over a week, and looks very strong and fit. But, again, he hasn't had a lot of game time. We'll see over the next 48 hours. The group has been brilliant in training this week - the focus has been very good."

The last time these two sides faced one another at White Hart Lane, Liverpool handed the hosts an embarrassing 5-0 mauling, despite winning their two league games leading up to the fixture.

Rodgers is hopeful that his line-up can deliver the goods against Spurs once again:

Thursday's Champions League group-stage draw saw Liverpool placed in the competition's Group B alongside Real Madrid, Basel and Bulgarian minnows Ludogorets Razgrad.

However, the Liverpool boss' focus remains fixed on the matters at hand, Rodgers keen not to get ahead of himself now that the club is back among Europe's big guns:

And rightly so considering Spurs have looked so strong thus far in the campaign, and Mauricio Pochettino's men are sure to give Liverpool a stubborn test, particularly after the Reds suffered such a sore loss.

That being said, with Balotelli among his ranks and a host of others vying to come into the fray, Rodgers has every reason to hold a belief in his squad leading up to such a pivotal clash.