Liverpool v Spurs: Premier League 30th March 2014
Liverpool v Spurs today from Anfield with the home side having no injury worries ahead of the fixture and may well be ‘revved up’ after comments from oppostion manager Tim Sherwood.
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With Liverpool tantalisingly close to a first league title since 1990 as we suggested some 6 weeks ago, Tottenham boss Tim Sherwood has questioned whether they have the mental stamina to finish the job.
This has been quite the campaign for Brendan Rodgers’ side, with just one point separating them and leaders Chelsea with a game in hand as the season enters the home straight.
Sherwood captained Blackburn to the 1995 title, when Kenny Dalglish’s side limped over the line after struggling to cope with the expectation – something he has warned could derail Liverpool.
“I think they have a real chance,” the Spurs boss said. “It all depends on how they can hold their nerve, how many players they’ve got within their squad who have done it previously.
“Obviously Man City and Chelsea would have to be favourites because of the players they’ve got who have actually crossed that line and done it previously.
“But Liverpool have got from seventh last year and now they must be believing, with eight or nine games left, that they can actually win this Premier League title.”
Sherwood celebrated the title with Blackburn at Anfield, despite losing their season finale there to Liverpool in May 1995.
Liverpool have no fresh injury concerns for the visit of Tottenham to Anfield. Winger Raheem Sterling might therefore be forced to sit on the bench for the third consecutive game.
Tottenham’s top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor is set to return to the line-up after missing last week’s win over Southampton with a cut heel. Defender Kyle Walker remains sidelined with a groin problem, while Vlad Chiriches began his injury comeback for Tottenham’s Under-21s on Friday.
A massive chance for the REDS to gain advantage in the title race.
Liverpool had not been called upon to really scrap for a win for weeks, not until Sunderland’s late rally at Anfield on Wednesday exposed the nervous underbelly to the swaggering incision of their forward play.
Tottenham will have taken note and may adopt a similar tactic – stay in sight for as long as possible and launch the cavalry late on.
But Liverpool’s goalscoring stats are remarkable. Suarez and Sturridge, 28 and 23 goals respectively this season, have eclipsed half a century of celebrated goalscoring Anfield partnerships.
The records of Toshack and Keegan, Dalglish and Rush, Aldridge and Beardsley, Fowler and Collymore, Owen and Heskey have all been surpassed by the 51-goal partnership of the SAS.
In fact, Liverpool have scored 11 more goals in the first half alone (51) this season than Spurs have managed in the whole of their league campaign.
If you had told a Tottenham fan back in August that they’d be five points clear of Manchester United in late March, they’d have been forgiven for assuming that Champions League football, at the very least, was returning to White Hart Lane.
In fact, the competition looks likely to elude Spurs again, though it’s not impossible for Arsenal to be caught. Certainly Arsene Wenger’s men look by the far the least convincing of the top four just now. But even if the Gunners do stumble, Everton look in better shape than Tottenham to catch them.
Anfield is the ground at which Tim Sherwood enjoyed the crowning glory of his playing career when, as Blackburn captain, he lifted the Premier League title in 1995.
A win there on Sunday would shatter the form book, and be the best day yet in his fledgling managerial career.
- There has been at least 1 goal before half-time in each of Liverpool’s last 26 matches
- Liverpool have won 14 of their last 16 home matches and they were ahead at half-time in all 14 wins
- 10 of Liverpool’s last 12 home games have had at least 4 goals
- There have been 3 or more goals in 8 of Spurs’ last 9 trips to top-six teams with at least 4 goals in 6 of the games
- Spurs have conceded 21 goals in their 5 games this season against the current top 3 – and they’ve scored just twice
- Tottenham have only won six of their 70 league games at Anfield (D20, L44).
- Spurs have only won two of the 21 Premier League clashes at Liverpool (W13, D6, L2).
- iverpool’s 5-0 win in the corresponding fixture was their biggest ever win at White Hart Lane and Andre Villas Boas’ final game in charge of Tottenham.
- The last two meetings between these sides have featured 10 goals.
- Liverpool have won their last seven league games in a row – their best run since they enjoyed nine consecutive victories in 2005-06.
- They have only lost one home game this season in all competitions (W14, L1, D1).
- The Reds have only failed to score in two league games this season. The last time they failed to score in a league match was 30 November against Arsenal
- Liverpool have now scored before half-time in a record 21 consecutive Premier League games.
- Only Manchester United (30) have won more points on their travels than Tottenham (29) this season.
- Spurs have lost their last two away league games without scoring a goal. They haven’t lost three in a row since January 2009.
- Stoke (36) and Newcastle (38) are the only top-half sides to have scored fewer league goals than Tottenham this season (40).
- Tottenham and Manchester United are the only teams yet to lose a game from a winning position this season.
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