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Premier     Pl   W   D   L   For-Ag  Pts
Home        20  10   5   5   30 -24  35
Away        19   2   5  12   17 -38  11
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Total(Prem) 39  12  10  17   47 -62  46
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Football Lge
Home(Div 1) 49  24  10  15   71 -58  62
Away(Div 1) 49   4  14  31   38 -95  24
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Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Total(Prem) 39  12  10  17   47 -62  46
Total(Div 1)98  28  24  46  109 -153 86
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Grand Total 137 40  34  63  156 -215 132
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Last Six Premiership results:-

Liverpool

Liverpool  1-1   Blackburn
Liverpool  3-1   Newcastle
Man City   3-0   Liverpool
Liverpool  0-0   Stoke
Bolton     3-1   Liverpool
Wolves     0-3   Liverpool

Spurs

Swansea    1-1   Spurs
Spurs      1-0   West Brom
Spurs      2-0   Everton
Spurs      1-1   Wolves
Man City   3-2   Spurs
Spurs      3-1   Wigan

Pos           P  W  D  L  F-A  GD  Pts
3  Spurs     23 15  4  4 44-25 19  49
7  Liverpool 23 10  8  5 28-21  7  38
Spurs need to steal the limelight from Suarez

Weather permitting (and the signs are looking good at this stage that the game will go ahead, despite snow over most of Britain this week-end), there is going to be a hot atmosphere at Anfield tomorrow night, when Liverpool host Spurs. Apart from the PA-encouraged Anfield anthem "You'll never walk alone", the home fans are going to be giving massive cheers to Luis Suarez, returning from his 8 match suspension following the incident with Patrice Evra.

The atmosphere at Anfield last week, when they beat Man Utd in the FA Cup fourth round was more than hot, with highly charged boos being directed towards Evra every time he got near the ball. There were some more than unfriendly chants from both sets of supporters too, I understand.

Despite the nature of the original incident, Suarez remains a hero on this part of Merseyside, and it's going to be up to Spurs to silence the home crowd as early as possible. The best way would of course be to score an early goal! This will be difficult though, with Spurs potentially missing vital players in attack. Spurs issued their team news last Thursday, at which time Aaron Lennon and Jermain Defoe were described as extremely doubtful, following their absence from the Wigan game.

Rafa van der Vaart was also described as a doubt, and we must hope that his guile will be available to us tomorrow night. He, Kyle Walker and Adebayor went off on Tuesday as a result of injuries, but we know that Kyle Walker is okay, and hope that Adebayor will be fit. He certainly wasn't mentioned in Thursday's team news. Adebayor hasn't scored now in 8 games, and needs a goal. He did score 2 of our 4 goals in the 4-0 home win last September. (Spurs 4 Liverpool 0 18th September, 2011)It looks as if surprise signing from across Stanley Park, Louis Saha, will be involved in some way in this game. He hasn't scored in 13 games since late October! It's all down to delivery in his case, isn't it?

Apart from the return of Suarez, Liverpool are on a high after their cup wins against Man City (Carling Cup), and arch-rivals Man Utd in that FA Cup tie. They are already at Wembley in one final, and the fans are sniffing a Wembley double, plus more than tilt at regaining a place in the top four. Their recent league form has been a bit patchy though with bad defeats at The Etihad and at relegation-threatened Bolton, and whilst they have yet to lose a home league game this season, they have only managed 4 wins in 11 games to date. Liverpool's only known injury absentee is Lucas Leiva, who has that long term knee injury.

Spurs can travel with confidence though. Whilst we have rarely won at Anfield in the league (6 times in 68 matches), we have won our last three games against "The Reds". The last time that happened was 100 years ago, when we did the league "double" over Liverpool in both the 1910-11 and 1911-12 seasons. That win in March 1912, a month before The Titanic sunk, became a famous landmark in Liverpool-Spurs history, until Garth Crooks swept in a winner in March 1985, because Spurs didn't win a game in the intervenig years. 1986-87 was our last "double" until last season, when we won 2-1 at home, then 2-0 in May, against the odds, to put ourselves in pole position to secure a Europa League place. (Liverpool 0 Spurs 2 15th May, 2011)

Our 4-0 win in September was our biggest win over Liverpool since Jimmy Greaves scored 4 goals in a 7-2 win on 15th April, 1963. There's another Titanic link there, because it is the anniversary of the sinking. The date bears sombre memories of course for Liverpool fans and for fans of football, because it also the anniversary of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster.

Kenny Dalglish's side had two men sent off in that 4-0 defeat in September (Adam and Skrtel), but Spurs had already got the lead, through a 7th minute Luka Modric curler. Defoe and Adebayor (twice) added the other goals, after Liverpool had been reduced to 9 men.

Suarez played in both Liverpool's last two defeats against us, and hasn't had a competitive game since Christmas, so who's to say he is going to walk straight back into the starting line-up, and why should Spurs fear him? Spurs need fear no individual, and no team on their current form. However, this is going to be a tough game. The atmosphere and the play should be exciting, with goals at each end. I fancy it will end in a 2-2 draw.

The referee for this game is Michael Oliver, whose only game with us this season was our 2-0 win at Norwich, when we liked him quite a lot!

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