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Jamie Carragher organizes the defense
Against Stoke, Liverpool's defense was rarely troubled. Tottenham pose a completely different threat.
As shown by the harsh penalty decision given against Jamie Carragher in the game against Stoke, opposing sides will look to isolate Carra and attack with pace.
If Tottenham play a 4-4-2 with Adebayor and Defoe up front, as they did against Wolves, they will look to run off Carragher.
This might make Dalglish inclined to play deep to minimize the space in behind the back line.
But Liverpool would then have difficulty in asserting a high-pressure, pressing game, which could allow Tottenham to get their main weapons from midfield, Luka Modric and Gareth Bale, into the game regularly.
However, Rafael van der Vaart could be available for the game on Sunday. If so, his possible inclusion in Tottenham's side adds another quandary for Dalglish in how to set up his defense.
If van der Vaart were to play, Harry Redknapp would most likely drop Defoe. A deep line would then give van der Vaart more space to drop off and pull the strings between Liverpool's defense and midfield.
If van der Vaart plays, Dalglish would implore his side to push up the pitch and close off the space in midfield.
The third option would be to play a high line even if Defoe plays, press Tottenham in central midfield and cut off the supply from the center.
This would allow for a better pressing game to limit Tottenham's passing effectiveness, but it would not suit Jamie Carragher.
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