It will be a great weekend, should all go to plan, for Liverpool fans as we enter the 24th week of the season. After 2 great cup wins and setting up a League Cup final appearance at the end of the month, we put in a 2nd half display against Wolves that was impressive and fruitful, leading to a 3-nil away win. The win leaves us in 5th, 4 points behind Chelsea in 4th and 11 behind Tottenham in 3rd.
With the visit of Tottenham to Anfield on Monday night, we will see the return of probably our most effective player and most valuable attacking asset – Luis Suarez. It’s been a long time and it feels even longer. While the results in the interim have been mixed to say the least, we have a chance against Tottenham to start righting a few wrongs and we couldn’t be in a better position with our best player coming back in to the fold.
Suarez has been out for around 5 weeks, missing 8 games and we’ve sorely missed him at times but with the Cup final date guaranteed and a series of 15 leagues and an FA Cup tie at home to Brighton to look forward to this month, we find ourselves in a promising position again. Don’t get me wrong, this season has not been successful, as far as I’m concerned, we should be higher up the table and scoring more goals, with the squad we have and the money we’ve spent but the Tottenham game could be a huge boon for our future form, should we come away with an impressive display and all 3 points.
Neither side has an easy run throughout February and March; with both sides play many of their major rivals, both local and in terms of positioning in the league table. One advantage the Reds currently have over Tottenham though is that, Lucas aside; we have a fully fit squad, not least of all with a fully-fit, totally rested world class player to come back in after a long absence. On the other hand, Tottenham have a lengthy injury list – which is growing by the week – and have just a number of good squad players go out on loan or on permanent moves. With the fixtures piling up for Tottenham’s already thinly spread squad you have to expect the odd hiccup. I think we could contribute to that quite heavily with a controlling performance and a strong win on Monday night.
Going forward, recent performances and the return of Luis make the visit to Old Trafford and games against Arsenal and Everton, once re-arranged, will not be so foreboding with our main talisman back in the side and I think that he will only add to the impetus we have felt since last week. With a strong Anfield crowd – further buoyed by the return of Suarez – on Monday, I feel we can not only do immediate damage to Tottenham by taking 3 points away from them, but in the long-term, by denting their confidence and forcing them to look over their shoulders for the first time this season. And should the cracks start to show, the Reds need to be ready to pounce, both on Monday night and in the months to come and a couple of nice goals from Luis wouldn’t go amiss either.
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