Tottenham Hotspur Vs Liverpool, Sun 28 Nov 2010

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Tottenham: Gomes, Hutton, Kaboul, Gallas, Assou-Ekotto, Lennon, Palacios, Modric, Bale, Van der Vaart, Crouch.

Subs: Cudicini, Pavlyuchenko, Defoe, Bassong, Kranjcar, Corluka, Sandro.

Liverpool: Reina, Johnson, Carragher, Skrtel, Konchesky, Kuyt, Meireles, Lucas, Maxi, Torres, Ngog.

Subs: Jones, Aurelio, Jovanovic, Kyrgiakos, Babel, Poulsen, Shelvey.

Reds pose 'big threat' for Spurs

Rafael van der Vaart was rated only "50-50" by Tottenham boss Harry Redknapp to return from an ankle knock in Sunday's Barclays Premier League game with Liverpool.

Holland star Van der Vaart missed Wednesday's Champions League win over Werder Bremen with the problem and also sat out training.

Jermaine Jenas was set to undergo a scan on the calf injury that forced him off against Bremen, which could determine his availability, Michael Dawson (ligament damage) is back in training, but Giovani dos Santos (groin) looks to be out, while captain Ledley King (groin), Jamie O'Hara (back) and Jonathan Woodgate (groin) are long-term absentees.

Sunday sees them face a Liverpool side who are still considered one of the so-called 'big four', despite losing their Champions League place to Spurs.

The Reds - arguably the last shock winners of the European Cup five years ago - made a terrible start to life under new manager Roy Hodgson but Roy Hodgson has transformed their fortunes to such an extent that they will go above sixth-placed Tottenham if they win by two goals or more at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

"I still think they're a big threat," Redknapp said.

"Last year, obviously, they were favourites to make the top four.

"Then ourselves and Man City came along and pushed them back a bit. But I think (Fernando) Torres is back playing, looking sharp again, scoring


"Roy's had a chance to get in there and get them playing the way he wants to play. 2I think we'll see Liverpool get stronger and stronger as the season goes on."

Midfielder Joe Cole is set to return to the squad for Liverpool's Barclays Premier League match against Tottenham at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

The England international has missed five games with a hamstring injury and although he is lacking match-sharpness he is likely to get a place on the bench.

Jamie Carragher, on his 450th Premier League appearance, will continue to captain the side in the absence of Steven Gerrard (hamstring).

"He looks quite good. It is going to be a question of whether or not the sports science people think he has enough minutes in him for us to risk playing him," said the Reds boss.

"He has certainly recovered medically so now it is just a case of when we take the plunge, as it were."

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