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Premier League

  • 18 September 2011
  • • 18:00
  • • White Hart Lane, London
  • Referee: M. Jones
  • • Attendance: 36129

Tottenham - Liverpool Preview: Spurs Target First Home Win Of The Season As Visitors Aim To Bounce Back From Stoke Defeat

Harry Redknapp aims to repeat last season's double over the Merseyside club, who suffered their first loss of the season at the Britannia Stadium last Saturday


Walker, Kaboul, King, Assou-Ekotto
Kranjcar, Parker, Modric, Bale
Defoe, Adebayor
Flanagan, Carragher, Agger, Jose Enrique
Henderson, Lucas, Adam, Downing
, Suarez

Rafael van der Vaart could be available for selection for Tottenham, despite suffering a hamstring injury against Manchester City that was initially expected to keep the midfielder out for six weeks.

Ledley King could play a second consecutive Premier League game but will be assessed after a training session on Saturday.

Having both players fit would be a welcome boost for Harry Redknapp, who is still without Aaron Lennon, Tom Huddlestone, Sandro, Danny Rose and Steven Pienaar.

Liverpool are without Glen Johnson, who suffered a recurrence of a hamstring problem in the defeat to Stoke City. Martin Kelly has resumed training, while youngster Jon Flanagan is back in contention.

Steven Gerrard is close to full fitness, but may be eased back into action in the League Cup in midweek.

  • Full-back Kyle Walker (pictured below) was the only player to start both the victory over Wolves and the 0-0 Europa League draw with PAOK on Thursday.
  • Redknapp is likely to make as many as ten changes to the side that drew in Greece as he reverts back to a starting XI similar to the one that secured the win - and Spurs' first points of the season - at Molineux.
  • Tottenham have been 2-1 victors in each of the last two meetings at White Hart Lane between the two sides.
  • Spurs won the corresponding fixture in November last season, before going on to secure a double over Liverpool with a 2-0 win at Anfield in May, all-but  securing Europa League football in the process.
  • There have been at least two goals in each of the last nine fixtures between the two clubs in all competitions.
  • Liverpool have won 70 of the 153 clashes between the sides, compared to Tottenham's 45. There have been 38 draws.
  • The Reds' defeat at Stoke on Saturday was the first game this season in which they haven't scored.
  • Kenny Dalglish's side have conceded just three goals in four Premier League games so far this season, while Spurs have shipped eight in three.
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