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Erik ready for kick-off

Posted on 13 August 2004  - 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).

Erik Edman says he knows his stuff about Liverpool as he prepares for a likely Premiership debut against the Merseysiders on Saturday.

The new Anfield regime led by new coach Rafa Benitez will arrive at the Lane to pit their wits against Jacques Santini and his coaches. Coming from Sweden where English football is popular viewing, Erik is well versed on the threat posed by the visitors.

"They have been one of the biggest teams in the world for nearly 50 years," said the recruit from Dutch side Heerenveen. "It will be tough for us, but everyone wants to beat them and make a big game out of it.

"They have bought a couple of good players over the summer and have Cisse and Owen up front. Hyypia at the back played in Holland and he is a good player.

"Kewell is a good player who challenges you one on one and is also good when he cuts in from the right, coming in from my side to shoot with his left foot."

After joining the club a week last Friday, Erik embarked on a hectic programme with the two-match Kappa Cup trip to Seville, followed by the home game with Cagliari on Saturday. He feels the Spanish voyage helped to integrate himself with the squad.

"I have already played a part in three games so it has been a busy time. Seville was a good time for me to get to know the boys.

"Jamie has helped me a lot, he is the captain and talks to everybody to make sure they are okay. Everyone has been great to me," he added, before saying the White Hart Lane encounter with Cagliari ensured he will not be stepping into the unknown on Saturday..

"Of course, it is always nice to play at your home ground and it is important to get a feel for the place before you play there for real. The pitch and the crowd were great and it was a good test for me."

With playing a part in Sweden's Euro 2004 adventure before suspension ruled him out of the quarter-final against Holland, the 24-times capped international admits his fitness was lacking slightly - something he hopes to completely rectify before the opener.

"I am a little bit behind the other boys, but I think I am catching up well now. Hopefully before the weekend I can make more progress and will be ready for the season."