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Posted on 15 April 2005  - 12:00

Tottenham Hotspur (Spurs) Football Club is located in North London. The club is also known as Spurs. Tottenham's home ground is White Hart Lane. The club motto is Audere est Facere (To dare is to do).

Ledley King returns to the scene of his Spurs debut on Saturday and suspects the place will be bouncing after Liverpool's Champions' League exploits.

It was back in May 1999 that Ledley entered the Premiership fray for the first time at Anfield, coming on as a half-time substitute for Stephen Clemence and the team handily placed with a 2-0 lead thanks to an own goal from Jamie Carragher and a Steffen Iversen strike.

However, while Ledley has fond memories of the occasion itself, it wasn't a debut that went entirely to his preferred script.

"It's where I made my debut so it is a good place for me to go," considered the skipper. "Our results there have not been too bad in recent years and I am looking forward to going back.

"We were winning until I came on! We were 2-0 up and lost 3-2... It was still a day to remember." For the record, goals from Jamie Redknapp, Paul Ince and Steve McManaman secured the points for the home side.

Despite this particular memory, Ledley says visits to Anfield are ones he relishes.

"Nothing to do with me making my debut there, it is a great ground and a good crowd. Liverpool are going well at the moment and should be buzzing, the atmosphere will be great and we are looking forward to it," he added with reference to Liverpool's Champions' League progress at the expense of Juventus.

"I think it will be bouncing, if they had gone out on Wednesday it might have been a bit subdued, but they are through and the team will be full of confidence.

"You never know if they will be tired, do you? It is not a bad time to play them, I suppose, they put a lot of effort in against Juventus and we are not going too badly at the moment.

"Sunday's win gave us a big boost going into this game and the points are there to play for. We can't afford to slip up."

While mention of Liverpool these days generally stirs thoughts of the all-action Steven Gerrard, Ledley insists the performances of another one of his England teammates, Jamie Carragher, deserve equal credit.

"He is the same as Steven, they both came through the ranks and love the club. Jamie has been brilliant for them this season, he goes a bit unnoticed at times, but I think he is now starting to get the attention he deserves.

"He is a real winner and a good lad as well."