Liverpool face a tough trip away to Tottenham as they look to extend their run of eight games unbeaten in the league.
A win at White Hart Lane could see the Reds move into the top half of the table, while Spurs will hope to pick up three another three points after their victory against West Ham at the weekend saw them end a run of three successive defeats.
Andre Wisdom has recovered from the knee injury that caused him to miss Liverpool’s 0-0 draw with Swansea, while William Gallas will hope to earn a recall for Tottenham after missing the West Ham game. Emmanuel Adebayor remains suspended after being sent-off during Tottenham’s 5-3 defeat at the hands of Arsenal, so Jermain Defoe will expect to lead the line for Spurs once more.
Defoe scored twice in the 3-1 victory over West Ham and the England international is Tottenham’s top scorer, having scored seven league goals so far. Liverpool will also have to be wary of Gareth Bale, who remains unpopular with Reds fans after accusing Charlie Adam of being a coward in July, following Liverpool’s goalless draw with Spurs in Baltimore. Bale suffered an injury scare after being fouled by Adam and the Welshman accused Adam of setting out to deliberately hurt him.
Adam, who signed for Stoke City on transfer deadline day, was sent-off when Liverpool visited White Hart Lane last season. Martin Skrtel was also dismissed as the Reds were beaten 4-0 and Tottenham have won three of their last four league meetings with Liverpool.
Liverpool’s last win at White Hart Lane came in May 2008, when goals from Andriy Voronin and Fernando Torres secured a 2-0 victory on the final day of the season. This time around, all eyes will be on Luis Suarez as the Uruguayan looks to add to his 10 league goals. Such is Liverpool’s reliance on Suarez, their next top scorer after him is own goals.
Four points separate the Reds and Tottenham going into Wednesday’s game and with the benefit of home advantage, Spurs go into the match as favourites. However having gone more than two months since they last tasted defeat in the league, Liverpool will be cautiously optimistic of earning at least a point at the Lane.
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