Brendan Rodgers looking forward to Tottenham clash

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Brendan Rodgers is excited for Liverpool's upcoming game against Tottenham Hotspur on Tuesday night and believes it will be a "fascinating game."

Just four points separate the two heavyweight Premier League club's going into the game as the pair aim to break into the top-four come the end of the season.


Mauricio Pochettino's side occupy fifth in the top flight on 43 points after their impressive 2-1 victory against north London rivals Arsenal on Saturday and have plenty of momentum going into the clash.

The Reds have too be in excellent form and despite being held to a goalless draw against Everton at the weekend, Rodgers' men dominated the game having 17 shots to the Toffees' six.

With both outfits enjoying a rich spell of success in recent weeks, Tuesday night's game is proving hard to call for many experts as the two sides enjoy playing fast, free-flowing football.

Rodgers knows how important a victory for Liverpool is if they are to qualify for the Champions League and is exciting by the challenge.


"It's one, because of the start we had to the season, it's put a little more importance on this game," the Northern Irishman said in his pre-match press conference.

"We'll look to win it as it will just put us a point behind them and also keeps up the momentum. If we don't win the game, it just puts pressure on the other fixtures we'll have in the rest of the run.

"It will be a great game with two teams in good form. They come back off a good result [winning the North London derby], and for us, the way we've been working has been a real highlight.

"We played very well against them earlier on in this season and their philosophy is still the same; they want to press the game and dominate the ball, and for us it's similar so it will be a very fascinating game."


If there was any other side that Liverpool did not want to meet after a gruelling Merseyside derby, it is Tottenham.

Spurs have transformed this season since Pochettino took over and are playing incredible football that is shocking sides.

Last month, they tore Chelsea apart at White Hard Lane when a Harry Kane doubled helped Tottenham beat Jose Mourinho's side 5-3 in a thrilling encounter. That day, the home side completely dominated the current Premier League leaders in all departments and showed that they are serious contenders for a top-four finish.

On Saturday, Tottenham played some fantastic football to battle behind and beat Arsenal, another fantastic clash that saw Pochettino's men pass the Gunners off the park.


Kane once again was on target snatching a double and he has been a revelation this term. At the beginning of the season Spurs struggled to score goals with Roberto Soldado still not justifying the hefty-price tag paid for him in 2013.

Pochettino called upon the service of Kane, who had been in fire for the U21s and in the Europa League and since the 21-year-old has been unstoppable and snatched 30 goals in all competitions this campaign.

He is very much the in-form player within English football and Rodgers recognised the threat the youngster brings, however has faith in the Liverpool defence to keep Kane quiet.

"He's shown all his life he's a finisher. He's got different types of finishes. When you play a high-pressure game, you need your striker to run and press - he leads the line very well in that aspect," Rodgers added.

"You have to pay attention to threats. He is good around the box and he's always looking to get a goal.

"But our focus will very much be on our own game and we've got a very talented group here who have been performing well and we just need to find that clinical edge at the top end of the field.


"The balance defensively in the team has been great, and we've worked on that, now we just need to finish our chances."

If Liverpool are to reach their aim of finishing in the top-four come May, three points is the absolute minimum expected.

A win for the Reds would see them within one point of Spurs and level with Arsenal if Arsene Wenger's men suffer defeat to Leicester City on Wednesday.

It is the Merseyside club who very and truly hold the bragging rights going into Tuesday's clash against Tottenham. In their last three meetings, Liverpool have thrashed their opponents 5-1, 4-0 and most recently 3-0 at White Hart Lane in August.

The five-time European Cup winners will be without Lucas on Tuesday which will be a huge loss. The Brazilian has been superb playing in-front of the back-four however limped off with injury against Everton.

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