Well, it looks like Juande Ramos is well forgotten already as Harry Hotspur seems to be starting a bit of a Harry Houdini act in putting some sort of “back from the dead” Spurs revival. I always new that they were too good a team to be where they are at the minute and a few more weeks in confusion with Ramos until after this fixture would have been better for us. The arrival of a new manager always lifts teams as they need to impress the new man at the helm and this certainly seems to have done the trick at White Hart Lane. Some of my ManU and Chelsea acquaintances seem to reackon the 4-4 draw with the Gunners shows that we are in trouble tomorrow. Well I watched the whole of that game and only for Arsenal being so stupid and missing chances it would have finished 6-2.
We have to go into tomorrows match against the basement team full of confidence after 5 wins on the bounce. We have never lost to Spurs under Rafa and we have won five and drawn three of the last eight games against them. Gerrard nailed it on the head earlier this week when he explained that Liverpool are playing with confidence that they can win anywhere and come back to win when their backs are against the wall which is proven by the fact thay we have won all four matches when we have been first to concede a goal.
We currently have a great record in London, unbeaten in six Premier League games against London clubs by drawing two and winning four, including the last three since a 1-0 loss away to West Ham on 30 January this year; our only defeat in 12 league games against clubs from the capital. We are chasing our third win in a row at Spurs and last years corresponding game was a 0-2 win for us with goals from Voronin and Torres (who may make a return this weekend).
Of course there is a extra significance to tomorrows evenings match with our own Mr Keane. He will face Spurs for the first time since his £19m move from White Hart Lane in July. The 28 year old Republic of Ireland international made 254 appearances (197 in the league) and scored 107 goals (80 league) in six seasons with the North London club. It will be interesting to see what sort of reception he will get which I think should be better that the one Berbatov will get on his return. I just hope he does himself proud and stick one in the net for us. Good luck Robbie.
Shanks Quote Of the Week
As we have went unbeaten so far I have decided to pick a well known piece of Shankly literature that is quite well known and I just think it is awesome. I think I am being realistic when I say we won’t go through the season unbeaten so I think I should use it now. I just hope it’s not a jinx but here goes –
“My idea was to build Liverpool into a bastion of invincibility. Napoleon had that idea. He wanted to conquer the bloody world. I wanted Liverpool to be untouchable. My idea was to build Liverpool up and up until eventually everyone would have to submit and give in”.