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Carrick ready for Anfield date

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).

Michael Carrick believes a trip to Anfield is one of the special dates on the fixtures calendar.

Our turn to visit the home of Liverpool comes around this Saturday and both teams have much to play for with the season entering the final phase. Liverpool sit fifth in the Premiership, four points off Everton in fourth - their finishing position last season. They also have the not so small matter of a Champions League semi-final against Chelsea to look forward to after the fine triumph over Italian giants Juventus.

For our part, we currently sit seventh and three points adrift of Bolton and four behind Liverpool, with the realistic prospect of a high finish should a decent points return be delivered in the last six games.

"Tradition is spread all over Anfield," considered Michael. "No matter what time of the season you play them it is always a big game but, the way things are going now, it is a huge game for us and them as well.

"They had something else to think about in midweek but we have got to go there to try and get the three points. It will be hard, we know that, but we want to play well and get a win."

Michael feels Liverpool displayed their full potential in the first leg against Juventus after what has been a bit of an in and out domestic campaign.

"You could see last week against Juve, especially in the first half, they were fantastic and that is what they are capable of doing. Similar to with us, it is about consistency with them and I think that is why Chelsea are sitting top of the league. It is because they are consistent and it is hard to really pinpoint how to achieve that - it is something we've got to work on."

Another factor the midfielder and his teammates could well have to concentrate on is shackling the threat of Steven Gerrard. The England man missed out in midweek and reports suggested Liverpool are aiming to have him back in action this weekend.

"He is awesome, probably one of the best around, if not the best," added the Man of the Match against Newcastle last time out. "He has got everything in his game and if he is flying he is difficult to stop.

"Hopefully we can accommodate him and look to spot their weaknesses. He is difficult to pick up, he even played off the front man earlier in the season and caused all sorts of problems there. As I said, he has got a little bit of everything and when you are up against a player like that you've got to do your best to stay solid as a team.

"It will be a good game and a big test - hopefully we can come through it."