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Five to watch

Posted on 27 August 2003  - 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).

We take a look at five key men from the Liverpool ranks to keep an eye on before tonight's Premiership clash at Anfield.

Michael Owen: Will one day surely topple Bobby Charlton's all-time England mark of 49 with 22 international goals to his name already. Seems to have been around for ages after making such an impact at France 98 but still only 23. Has scored 140 goals in 261 appearance for Liverpool including 103 in 166 Premiership starts. Pace to burn, great finisher and ready to pounce on anything in the box. Looks over injury problems that overshadowed him for a year. A constant threat.

Steven Gerrard: All-action midfielder who produced one of the best individual displays at the Lane in Liverpool's win last season. Great passing range and ability to shoot from distance. Not afraid of a tackle either. Now 24, has 18 caps to his name and should be a mainstay of England's midfield for years to come. Made his debut for Liverpool in November 1998 having come through the ranks, now approaching 200 appearances. Appears to have an almost telepathic relationship with Michael Owen and that link will be a real danger.

Sami Hyypia: Giant at the back of what has become one of the best defences in the Premiership over the last few seasons. Tall and strong, rarely beaten one-on-one, can read the game superbly and rarely wastes the ball. Signed for a bargain £3million from Dutch outfit Willem II in May 1999, immediately struck up a partnership with Stephane Henchoz, who arrived at same time. Has hardly missed a game since his arrival and has already passed the 200 appearance mark. Capped 47 times by Finland.

Harry Kewell: Arguably the biggest 'coup' signing of the summer, certainly between Premiership clubs, Kewell ignored the advances of numerous clubs to join childhood heroes Liverpool for a bargain £5m from Leeds. Strong-running winger with an eye for goal, he scored 16 goals in a memorable personal campaign last season despite Leeds' troubles. Only 24, capped 14 times by Australia and scored against England last February. Joined Leeds as a 16-year-old and went on to make 242 appearances for Elland Road club, scoring 63 goals.

John Arne Riise: Norwegian international with dynamite in his left foot. A midfielder currently favoured in a left-back role, has an incredible goalscoring rate for a defender with 13 goals in 67 Premiership starts. As that suggests, always willing to join in offensively but doesn't neglect defensive duties. Also has a huge throw in his weaponry. Signed from Monaco in June 2001 for £4.6m, has now made 104 appearances. Has 23 caps to his name and three goals. Should form a lethal left side with Harry Kewell if Gerard Houllier opts for that formation.