Tottenham assistant Kevin Bond insists his players won't have issue with shaking Luis Suarez's hand before Liverpool clash

Spurs travel to Anfield on Monday night looking to close the gap on Manchester City to five points, whilst several first-team members could miss out as the Reds' key man returns

Tottenham assistant manager, Kevin Bond, has revealed that Spurs' players won’t have any problem with shaking Luis Suarez’s hand when the side travel to Liverpool on Monday night.

Suarez will be making his return to action after missing eight matches following his alleged racial abuse of Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra, an incident which took place in October last year.

However, despite the allegations, Bond insists Spurs don’t have an issue with the Uruguayan, admitting the former Ajax man could prove a huge boost to the Reds, who are already high on confidence after wins over the league's Manchester clubs and Wolves.

Speaking to reporters, Bond said: "I don't see any problems with Suarez.

"Nobody here has any issues with anybody. Suarez is a fantastic player who has been a great signing for Liverpool.

"His return to action will give them a huge lift and I imagine the Anfield crowd will really be rooting for him.

"You would have expected Liverpool to have sorely missed him and maybe a couple of results did go against them during his absence.

"But they have just had three big wins without him against Manchester City, United and Wolves. Their tails are up and they are really flying, and now they've got Suarez back as well.

"You never know, he might not even be in the starting line-up but the introduction of Suarez on a big match night at Anfield means they will be a really tough nut to crack."

Bond also expressed his disagreement with Roberto Mancini after the Italian declared the title race between City and United only, following his side's recent defeat at the hands of Everton.

A win for Spurs on Monday would bring the gap between the Londoners and the league leaders down to just five points.

He continued: "I find it hard to believe that Mancini underestimated Everton last week and if his opinion then was that it was a two-horse race, his opinion is different now.

"Our aim all season has been to finish in the Champions League but we also want to finish as high as we can.

"Last week's results have drawn us closer to the leaders and while our result at Anfield will be important it's not going to define our season.

"It's an ever-changing situation at the top of the table and I see it continuing like that right to the end of the season.

"But we're only a couple of results away from the teams above us and we want to keep ourselves in contention right to the end."

Spurs could be missing Jermain Defoe and Aaron Lennon for the trip to Merseyside whilst Rafael Van der Vaart and Ledley King remain doubtful.

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