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Spurs v Liverpool: Who Has The Better Team?

Following on from their Thursday night exertions in Greece, Spurs return to Premier League action with a potentially difficult home match against a new look Liverpool side. Spurs rested all of their key players meaning that we should not face any of the post-CL fatigue issues that we suffered during parts of last season.

The two sides had contrasting outings last time in the Premier League. A newly balanced Spurs team, shorn of Rafael van der Vaart, played impressively in beating Wolves 2-0 at Molineux, a feat not many other teams will achieve this season. Both debutants were involved in the goals, Parker with an assist and Adebayor with a goal to continue his feat of scoring on his debut for Premier League sides. In contrast, Liverpool suffered a 1-0 away defeat to Stoke, a side Martin Samuel claims are genuine 4th place contenders. Kenny Dalglish defied his dour demeanour to launch an attack on the refereeing decisions during the match but might be wondering to himself how he could have expected to win the game with such profligacy up front.

So how will the two sides fare against each other in an early meeting of two of the sides supposedly battling it out for fourth place? Without a huge amount of early season form to go on, it’s perhaps easier to look at the potential line-ups for the match and see where we think the two sides’ strengths and weaknesses may be…


Friedel appears to have made the Spurs number 1 his own for the time being, with Gomes apparently unhappy about his demotion to the understudy role. Friedel has made some excellent early saves, defying his age at times. The save from Karl Henry low to his right last weekend was a particular highlight. For Liverpool, the consistently excellent Pepe Reina is in goal and with his record of clean sheets in the league, it’s difficult to argue against Liverpool having the stronger of the two keepers on show.

VERDICT: Liverpool edge the keepers


Liverpool surprisingly chose not to strengthen their defence significantly during the summer. Carragher and Agger are a decent, if somewhat slow and uninspiring pairing. Many Liverpool fans see Carra as a player in decline, evidenced by the clumsy fashion in which he clambered over Walters for the Stoke penalty last weekend. New left back Enrique has decent potential and Skrtel is a good Premier league squad player. None of them would get into the Spurs defence tomorrow though. King and Kaboul patrolling the centre back roles with Walker and BAE rampaging is a strong defensive unit. BAE is a mainstay of our defence and Walker has shown hints of play that suggest he is close to cementing a regular place in our starting XI. King brings a sense of calm to the Spurs defence that elevates them far past the levels they achieve in his absence. Every Spurs fan will be hoping he passes a late fitness test, and that he has liberally oiled his creaky knees in anticipation of a 90-minute masterclass.

VERDICT: Spurs clear winners in the defence


A very interesting area, very difficult to call. Liverpool have neither supremely attacking nor defensively minded players. Adam had a good season last year with Blackpool but as yet has failed to reproduce that kind of form for the Merseyside club now paying his wages. Parker and Modric should be able to overpower and outplay Adam and Lucas in the centre. Parker was in good form last time out and brings a defensive edge we missed in the first two games with Sandro still injured (everyone remember Niko and Luka in the middle? I’m trying to forget it).

Luka showed some modicum of his old form against Wolves last weekend. Now that the transfer window is well and truly shut, he can concentrate on doing the things that led to many Spurs fans labelling him the best player they’ve seen in a Spurs shirt for many a year. On the wings, Stewart Downing is in excellent form for club and country and needs to be watched whilst Henderson is still finding his feet and shouldn’t cause too many problems playing in an unfamiliar wide right role.

If Bale is put on the left (hear that, Harry, LEFT) wing we should just edge the midfield battle. Rumours are gathering pace that Van der Vaart will make a miracle recovery from his injury, potentially returning 4 weeks ahead of schedule, to further strengthen our midfield options.

VERDICT: Spurs edge the midfield battle with some cunning play backed with Parker steel.


Here is where the difference in the teams transfer policy really shows. Liverpool have set about bolstering their forward line with a £55m outlay on Andy Carroll, a young English talent in the old-fashioned number 9 mould, and Luis Suarez, a player deemed too lightweight for Spurs but who has already showed some sublime touches and excellent play early on in his Liverpool career.

Liverpool have also shrewdly brought Bellamy back into the club after he fell out of favour at Man City. Bellamy has genuine pace and on his day is a top, top striker and a threat against which we need to pay careful attention, particularly if he is used as an impact sub late on in the game.

Spurs on the other hand have only the 1-year loan signing of Adebayor to bolster a forward line short of form and goals. Ade is in possession of genuine quality but there’s always a nagging doubt about his ability to display this consistently. Defoe may continue his form into this game although if Van der Vaart is fit, I can see Harry playing our top scorer from last season behind Adebayor, a 4-4-1-1 system that has potential, though sometimes leaves us lacking the ability to press against slower defences. Past that we lack any real strength in depth with our third choice striker, Pavulychenko, turning in a very poor performance in PAOK match.

VERDICT: Liverpool take the striking gong.

A closing thought. Spurs fans should console themselves with the knowledge that it’s 3 years since Liverpool finished above us and despite consistently outspending us over the past 2 years, they have failed to gel sufficiently well to displace a strong Spurs side. There is no longer an expectation of struggling to get a result against England’s second most successful domestic side. We simply don’t fear them anymore. They’re our competition; they’re part of the peer group of clubs within which we now operate. We can, and I think will, win this game and then we will really be off and running this season. My prediction 3-1


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  1. Stevie G (Walton)

    September 18, 2011 at 9:56 am

    Ha Ha Ha. Not even close! Liverpool are stronger in all areas.

    • will

      September 18, 2011 at 10:06 am

      what have you been smoking? Only reina and suarez would get in the spurs first XI. Maybe kuyt at a push

      • jeven

        September 18, 2011 at 10:29 am

        what have u been smoking?….not one of spurs player would get in a liverpool side….not even our bloody reserves!

        • Ean

          September 18, 2011 at 10:57 am

          Haha, so true. That guy’s been smoking, cause even Gerrard can’t get into his Spurs squad!

  2. Dalglish

    September 18, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Come on man.. your defense is better, how many goals have you shipped this term so fair.

    Bias article

  3. Honourary Scouser

    September 18, 2011 at 10:16 am

    Spurs clear winners in defense??? There goes your credibility…

  4. KayJayA7X

    September 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Loll. Obviously, this is all based on bias. It’s like forcing yourself to spill the strengths of Liverpool while pouring out every single one of Tottenha

    Liverpool OWNS the GK department.
    ACCORDING TO YOU, Tottenham OWNS the DEF department.
    A tough battle at the MID department.
    Liverpool OWNS the ATK department.

    And guess what? The score is 3-1 Tottenham. Wow.

  5. sapan

    September 18, 2011 at 10:19 am

    haha… we’d beat u in every area… keep cribbing while u see getting comprehensivly beaten u at the lane today

  6. The COCK

    September 18, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Agger is average?? Agger is a lot better than any of ur CB’s. Can’t see how BAE is better than Enrique? BAE cant defend at all. Also Downing is a much more effective winger than BAle and Lennon.

    • jeven

      September 18, 2011 at 10:31 am

      bale and lennon put together i might add….but besides that….right on!!

  7. french toast

    September 18, 2011 at 10:32 am

    what a joke this article is. spurs better in defence?? the ONLY top class defender that would be able to break into our defence is MAYBE king, when he is not injured that is, and thats not considering coates who we havnt seen yet but is very highly rated.

    In midfield i will agree that luka and parker do seem a stronger cm than adam and lucas, although both have started pretty decent in my opinion, you have the better wingers, although downing is better than all wingers except bale.
    Striking we have the slight advantage as well.
    All in all its fairly equal at this stage of the seaon, maybe we have better form, but you have picked a few wins over us in recent years.

  8. etete simon

    September 18, 2011 at 10:34 am


  9. Vishal

    September 18, 2011 at 10:38 am

    Optimistic article from Spurs fan. I dont blame you considering you support spurs. Every fan is optimistic about their club chances and players. So all the best for spurs but I really don’t think they’ll manage to beat Liverpool this year. Last year too Liverpool were better side.

  10. french toast

    September 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Oh yea, its not 3 years its 2 years that you have finished above us, and i would point out that it was only 1 or a couple of places and this is the best spurs team for decades, and up untill this season the worst pool team!! puts things into perspective.

    Also we have not out spent you 2 seasons in a row either, our squad was asset stripped the last few seasons untill the day of january.

  11. tottenhamsucksballs

    September 18, 2011 at 10:39 am

    Please. Shut up and don’t talk or even write anymore. You are disgracing tottenham even if you don’t mind disgracing yrself. To think there are genuine idiots still existing.

  12. Dan

    September 18, 2011 at 10:43 am

    The team would look like this IMO:

    Walker King Gallas Enrique
    VDV Modric Bale Gerrard
    Adebayor Suarez

    When all players are fit and on top form.

    • french toast

      September 18, 2011 at 10:50 am defensive midfield, bale in centre?? gerard on left?? vdv over downing on the wing??
      More like this….
      Johnson king agger enrique
      downing parker modric bale

      • french toast

        September 18, 2011 at 10:52 am

        That would win the title especially with subs!

      • Dan

        September 18, 2011 at 4:52 pm

        Wasn’t really picking it based on positions, just the best goalkeeper, 4 defenders, 4 midfielders, and 2 strikers at the two clubs.

        But cheers for giving me a laugh anyways smartarse, I think today’s game where we dicked all over you for 90 minutes proved me right.

  13. sooraj (Red)

    September 18, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Lucas is our second best outfield player after Suarez. Modric should be at the top of his form to out play him. If he is one tenth of a second late to pass the ball, then he will surely be a victim of a successful tackle. And watch the match to find the class of Agger, if you dont know it….. YWNWA

    • french toast

      September 18, 2011 at 10:56 am

      here here.

  14. Anna

    September 18, 2011 at 11:08 am

    Who cares about the stats..the best team win.if ur team well organise..the possibility they win the match.

  15. M.Chivers

    September 18, 2011 at 11:55 am

    How many goals will Carragher score for Spurs today? he’s truly outstanding

  16. TINY.CX/5F193B

    September 18, 2011 at 11:59 am



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