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Adebayor scored twice against Liverpool in September. (©GettyImages)
Adebayor scored twice against Liverpool in September. (©GettyImages).

Since the dismal defeat at the Reebok Stadium, Kenny Dalglish’s men have been unbeaten. Kenny’s rocket has somewhat served a timely kick up the backside, with those stuck in the comfort zone now putting in their share of the shovel work.

 

Earlier this season Liverpool lost 4-0 at White Hart Lane. Luka Modric, Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor (2) scored the goals and the Liverpool had two men sent off for early baths.

 

The return fixture at Anfield promises to be different. Liverpool are highly spirited after inflicting defeats on their Manchester rivals whilst reaching Wembley in the process.

 

Taking centre stage will be Luis Suarez, who returns to the first team fold after serving his ban. Steven Gerrard is set to return to centre field and Dalglish is presented with the favourable position of choosing between Charlie Adam, Jordan Henderson and Jay Spearing to partner the skipper.

 

Up front Kenny may opt for Craig Bellamy and Andy Carroll with Suarez primed to come off the bench.

 

With transfer window target Defoe struggling with a hamstring injury, ex-Toffee Louis Saha may make his first start. If Harry Redknapp opts for three in the middle of the park it will fall on Sandro to keep a check on Steven Gerrard.

 

With the free flowing football displayed by Redknapp’s men this season it will be essential that there are designated Red personnel to not only break up attacks but thwart service to Gareth Bale and Rafael van der Vaart. This will be a key feature of the game. Aaron Lennon is an injury doubt but Van der Vaart may be deemed fit enough to start.

 

Widely described as the most successful English manager in recent times, Redknapp has enjoyed success against Liverpool, orchestrating six wins in eight games (all competitions). If Spurs beat Liverpool at Anfield there is no way that they can be discounted as title contenders.

 

Match stats

- In 17 Anfield encounters Liverpool have lost only once. The Reds have won 11 and drawn five.

 

- North west teams have proven to be the scourge of Harry Redknapp’s men this season. Tottenham have lost three of their last four league games to Manchester United and both home and Manchester City both home and away.

 

- Kenny Dalglish scored eight league goals against Spurs, a record only bettered by Roger Hunt’s nine.

 

- It has been 100 years since Spurs have achieved home and away wins over Liverpool in successive seasons.

 

- The league double victories last season were the first since David Pleat’s men’s achievement in 1986-87.

 

- Since the inception of the Premier League, Dirk Kuyt has scored four league goals against Harry Redknapp’s team. Steve McManaman has scored five and Robbie Fowler has scored six.

 

- 109 goals have been scored between the two teams since the start of the Premier League. Only encounters with Newcastle United have produced more - 112.

 

- Apart from last season, Tottenham's previous Anfield league win was in 1993 when a Teddy Sheringham brace secured a 2-1 win.

 

- Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Andy Carroll are yet to start a game together.

 

- Jimmy Greaves was the last Tottenham player to score a hat trick against the Reds. Greaves scored four in a 7-2 win at White Hart Lane in 1963. Phil Boersma returned the favour at Anfield in 1974.

 

- A draw would be Spurs's 200th in the Premier League.

 

- he Reds dished out Spurs record league loss - a 7-0 hammering at Anfield in 1978.

 

- Since losing to Spurs in May 2011, Liverpool are unbeaten in 14 home matches in all competitions.

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