Tottenham get ready to battle Liverpool at Anfield
Liverpool will welcome back their coveted striker Luis Suarez from his eight-match at Anfield today when they play against Tottenham Hotspurs. Suarez was suspended for racially abusing Manchester United’s defender Patrice Evra by calling him “negrito” on numerous instances in an encounter this season.
Suarez has not played since Boxing Day, nonetheless Liverpool look forward to his arrival. The Reds hope Suarez will add potency to a team that has scored only 28 goals so far this season. The Uruguayan is likely to start the game on the substitute bench.
Liverpool will also recall the services of Steven Gerrard, after he was rested in the mid-week win against Wolverhampton Wolves. Gerrard has just recently recovered from a long term injury, therefore manager Kenny Dalglish wants him to appear only important games till he is back in form.
The third placed Spurs are likely to be without Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe for the game as both players are out of action because of hamstring injuries. Spurs assistant manager Kevin Bond has insisted that it is business as usual for team in the light of Harry Redknapp’s continuing trial for alleged tax evasion. Bond also said that he was happy with the signings that have come in. He singled out Louis Saha as someone who could really help Spurs in pushing for their first league title in 51 years.
In his pregame news conference Bond said:
“We know what he is capable of. He can play up front, off on one side, he is a really quality striker and he will be a big addition for us. Another top-line striker in addition to Jermain Defoe, (Emmanuel) Adebayor…
“He is a whole-hearted player who I think will be a real positive influence on the club, on the training ground, in the dressing room and on the field where he plays.”
Spurs won the corresponding game 2-0 last season. Another win at Anfield would see the Spurs keep pace with Manchester City and Manchester United. The Spurs are expected to go late into the season for a shot at the title.
On the other hand, Liverpool will hope to defeat Spurs to fight for top four spot in order to gain Champions League action. Dalglish is confident about his team winning at their historic home ground but has warned his men against complacent form.