Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas has revealed that Roberto Soldado is "not guaranteed" a starting place against Liverpool at the weekend, despite a midweek hat-trick against Anzhi Makhachkala, and has not ruled out recalling Jermain Defoe to the side.
The Spanish striker netted 3 in Spurs' 4-1 win in the Europa League, which saw them finish at the summit of Group K.
The 28-year-old has been subject of vast criticism and has struggled to find form in North London since his £26 million pound from Spanish side Valencia in the summer.
Villas-Boas explained: "'We have to think about it."
He continued: "'It's a bit premature. We always wanted to give this game to Roberto after two games in a row for Jermain (Defoe), who was deserving his chance as well. Now it's about putting the best possible strategy of the game and seeing what we can do."
Defoe is yet to score in the Premier League this season but has scored 9 in all cup competitions this season.
Lewis Holtby added to Soldado's hat-trick to confirm Spurs' qualification as one of only two sides with a 100 per cent record in the group stage.
Sides that Spurs can face in the Last 32 include Champions League drop-outs Ajax, Juventus and Porto.
Spurs go into the weekend clash with Liverpool on the back of a 2-1 win away at Sunderland and are unbeaten in five in all competitions.
Spurs currently sit 6th in the Premier League, eight points behind North London rivals Arsenal, who sit top.
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