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The goalkeeper has warned that the midfield duo must not be allowed to play their natural games if Kenny Dalglish's side are to claim the three points at Anfield on Monday

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By Francisco Delgado

Liverpool goalkeeper Pepe Reina says his side must stop Luka Modric and Gareth Bale to stand a chance of beating Tottenham at Anfield on Monday night.

The two players have been in impressive form this season to help Harry Redknapp's men cement their place in the top four and launch an unlikely challenge for the Premier League title.

And Reina, who was in goal as Kenny Dalglish's side lost 4-0 in the reverse fixture at White Hart Lane earlier this season, believes the Reds will need to cut off the supply to the midfield duo if they are to gain the three points in a match they "simply have to win".

"Tottenham are third at the moment, which means it won't be easy, but we are playing at Anfield and we have the ability to win on Monday," Reina told Goal.com.

"Tottenham base their play on Bale and Modric, and it's working well for them. So we will have to stop them.

"It will be a very sacrificial match for us with the hard work we will need to put in but if we want to move up the table then we simply have to win it."

The Spain international is also wary of Spurs' striking options and has told his defenders that they must stay focused to deal with the threat posed by Jermain Defoe and Emmanuel Adebayor.

"Our rivals on Monday are very dangerous in attack," he added. "The defence will have to be very alert with players like Defoe and Adebayor playing directly against them, otherwise things can go badly.

"Spurs are having a good season, which guarantees a great game of football."

Liverpool will move above Arsenal and back into sixth place with a win at Anfield, while a victory for Spurs would see them move to within three points of second-placed Manchester United.

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