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Preview Liverpool v Spurs, 27.08.03

Here is Brian Judson's preview of the game

Full Record of Spurs -v- Liverpool

Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        11   5   3   3   17 -16  18
Away        11   1   2   8   10 -25   5
Total(Prem) 22   6   5  11   27 -41  23
Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Total(Prem) 22   6   5  11   27 -41  23
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
Grand Total 120 34  29  57  136 -194 109

There used to be no greater sight in football that was worth a goal start to the home team than the Kop when it was impossible to move from the position the spectator was jammed into. There was a clear hierarchy as to who stood where as they lustily belted out:

When you walk through a storm,
hold your head up high
And don't be afraid of the dark
At the end of a storm,
there's a golden sky
And the sweet, silver song of a lark
Walk on through the wind!
Walk on through the rain!
Though your dreams be tossed and blown ...
Walk on! Walk on!
With hope in your heart .....
And you'll never walk alone ......
You'll never walk alone


Of course, during the 1980s, some of the more enterprising visitors to Liverpool attempted to sing:(Ed:They still do!)

Sign on! Sign on!
With a pen in your hand
And you'll never work again!

A Liverpool fixture conjures up a vision of Bill Shankly taking the press on a tour of Big Ron Yeats "he'll frighten the lives out of the Sassenachs as he's HUGE!" There was Bon Paisley, who tore up the record books until he stood down. It was only the disaster at Heysel that stopped Liverpool in their tracks as they were unfairly banned from Europe as Juventus were equally culpable.

But something died following the Hillsborough Disaster in 1989. Liverpool did not have the same mystique that had enjoyed for two decades. There's no doubt that Hillsborough greatly affected Kenny Dalglish and drove him out of football prematurely. Although he returned to Blackburn, I am convinced Dalglish left much to Harford.

Liverpool have had many players that delighted their fans over the years. Their success in the European Cup Final in Rome when the beat Borussia Munchengladbach 3-1 in 1977 was probably their greatest success. Their players were all on top form that night.

Spurs have made a fair start to the new season whilst Liverpool, surprisingly, are in the nether regions of the table. That won't last very long and we will soon see Liverpool at the right end of the table. They are too good to stay down there for very long.

Tottenham, though, do have a slightly stronger squad than last season but still lack a ball-winner in midfield. Once we have that and the different parts gell, we may be in for happier times. But a lot depends on Hoddle's man-management skills, his tactical awareness (or the lack of it!). We will have to be patient throughout this transitional season - again!

I expect Spurs to raise their game, spurred on by the crowd, but I think we will be lucky if we achieve a point!


Cheers, Brian

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