Parker wary of Liverpool fightback

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Scott Parker has warned his Tottenham teammates to expect a tough challenge when they go up against Liverpool on Monday, with Kenny Dalglish's side out to gain revenge for their 4-0 defeat at White Hart Lane earlier this season.

Parker made his debut as Spurs ran riot against the Reds back in September, with fellow new-boy Emmanuel Adebayor bagging a brace while Jermain Defoe and Luka Modric also got on the scoresheet - the latter with an early contender for goal of the season.

Now both sides meet again with plenty to play for as Liverpool look to gain ground in the race for a top four spot while Spurs aim to take advantage of 2nd placed Manchester United dropping points against 4th place Chelsea on Sunday.

Harry Redknapp's side can move to within three points of United with victory and just five points off league leaders Manchester City with a win, but Parker believes Liverpool's desire to make amends makes them dangerous opponents.

"I'm sure they will want to make amends for earlier in the season," Parker told Tottenham's official website. "We were on fire in that game, played some great stuff and it was hard for Liverpool to live with us.

"It was my first home game and I came out of it thinking 'we've got some team here'. I knew we had a very good team but that really stood out for me."

A goalless draw against Stoke and a demoralising 3-1 defeat against Bolton last month looked to have seriously harmed Liverpool's prospects of finishing in the top four this season, but two confidence boosting wins against City and United in domestic cup competitions were followed by a convincing win against Wolves to help reinvigorate their season.

While their recent form has been good, the Reds' home performances have been somewhat erratic this season, with their eleven games at Anfield yielding just four wins and seven draws.

Parker insists that the players are prepared for a tough battle on Monday evening, but says Spurs will set off on their travels confident of becoming the first team to take away all three points from Anfield.

"It's always a big game at Anfield, they've had some great results and it will be tough," he added. "They have quality all over the pitch, all in good form, so we know it will be difficult.

"We'll prepare right, we'll be ready and we know what's in hand. We have to go there and deliver."

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