Following the long overdue 4-0 win away at Wigan last Saturday, a confident Liverpool face arguably their biggest test of the season on Sunday afternoon, when they host Tottenham at Anfield in a game that will give us the biggest indication yet of how far Brendan Rodgers’ team have come.
The Reds have bounced back from the bitterly disappointing defeat to West Brom in exactly the way we all hoped; scoring goals, keeping clean sheets, claiming maximum points from the last two league games and doing so by playing a highly attacking and entertaining style of football that has given a new optimism to Reds followers.
But after good wins against ‘lesser’ teams throughout the season and in recent weeks, the real test comes this weekend, against an in-form and high-flying Tottenham side that will be full of confidence having claimed morale-boosting win over their North London rivals last time out. Villas-Boas’ side seeking to clinch a top four finish.
Stopping Gareth Bale will go a large way to stopping Spurs, who are the second highest scorers away from home in the Premier League, and having collected four straight wins with no defeat in their last ten games, the away side will fancy their chances of getting a positive result at Anfield.
However, the last three performances in all competitions have been closer to the standard expected of Liverpool and there is no reason why we can’t get a result against the team from White Hart Lane, if we continue to show the level of performance that has seen us score 12 goals in the last three games.
Despite Spurs being 2nd in the away goal scoring charts, we have conceded the second lowest amount of home goals in the division, which shows that there is very much reason to be optimistic ahead of this game.
It’s goals that win matches and we have scored more than Tottenham in league games this season, even though we played for half a season with Luis Suarez as the only striker in the squad, before attacking reinforcements Daniel Sturridge and the Brazilian magician Phillipe Coutinho arrived at the club. With these two now in the attacking roles alongside El Pistolero, goals are something we won’t be short of and with two consecutive clean sheets behind us, another one is sure to be the target for Liverpool.
Having failed to secure maximum points against a team above us in the League so far this season, a win over Andre Villas-Boas’ men at the weekend is exactly the sort of result that could provide the team with the belief that they can push on and dare I say it, put us back in with half a chance of competing for that 4th place slot with nine games of the season to go.
Although playing Spurs isn’t the biggest game of the season for Liverpool fans, the indicative potential surrounding this match is something that gives the fixture an added incentive.