Christian Ziege expressed his disappointment at missing out on a return to Anfield on Saturday, but tips the team do a 'magnificent job'.
Christian is still absent with a torn calf muscle sustained against another of his former clubs, Middlesbrough, last month.
"I am a bit disappointed and wish I could play at Liverpool, but these things happen in football and I cannot go," he said at Spurs Lodge.
"I think the lads will do a magnificent job at Anfield though.
"I haven't seen Liverpool a lot this season so I can't judge too much. They always seem to defend well so I think it is difficult to win against Liverpool.
"We played a nice game last season over there. We lost only because Jari Litmanen scored a good shot from 25 yards or so. There is no reason why we can't do a good job this time."
After a shaky spell in which they surrendered leads on three occasions to share the points, and lost 2-0 to Valencia in the Champions League, Liverpool have now not conceded in four Premiership games.
"I think because they let in some goals and particularly the two against Valencia in the Champions League they have worked very hard. Gerard Houllier does not like giving away goals and I think they will work extremely hard to have no goals scored against them."
Markus Babbel has featured on the bench in Liverpool's last two outings and Christian hopes his close friend will soon return to the starting line-up after a year out with a serious illness.
"I know everything about his situation and I hope he's coming back soon. He has told me he is fine and I'd like to see him back in the Liverpool side.
"He has played a lot of reserve games and he told me everything has gone fine. A player like Markus you always need in your team. He's come back from long-term illness and I wish him well and hope he gets back in the team as soon as possible."