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Liverpool v Tottenham Head-to-Head

Posted on 21 September 2001  - 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).

JOHN ARNE RIISE GUSTAVO POYET
APPEARANCES
Minutes on pitch 241 336
GOAL ATTEMPTS
Goals 1 0
Shots On Target 3 0
Shooting Accuracy 60% 0%
PASSING
Goal Assists 0 0
Passing Accuracy % 74% 71%
Crossing Accuracy % 40% 60%
DRIBBLING
Dribbles and Runs 15 8
Dribble Completion % 80% 75%
DISCIPLINE
Yellow Cards 0 0
Red Cards 0 1
OPTA INDEX SCORE 1,248 496
First Goalscorer Odds 16/1 12/1
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John Arne Riise
Gus Poyet

Norwegian midfielder John Arne Riise developed a penchant for the spectacular during his spell at Monaco in Le Championnat. He scored a series of scorching efforts in his two years with the principality club and since joining Liverpool during the summer, Riise has already scored twice, including a great solo effort against Everton in last weekend's Merseyside derby.

On Saturday, Riise faces a player who has certainly scored his fair share of extravagant goals, Tottenham Hotspur's veteran midfielder Gus Poyet.

Indeed the former Chelsea man has netted in excess of 10 goals per year in his last three Premiership campaigns, a great achievement considering that he has suffered injury in each of those seasons.

Poyet has yet to open his account for Spurs so far this term, but has been hampered by the fact that he was ruled out for three games through suspension because of the dubious red card that he picked up at Everton.

Indeed, the Uruguayan midfielder may be a good bet to open the scoring at Anfield and is rated at 12/1 by online bookmakers surreySPORTS.com. If you think that Riise is a better bet, he is available at a similarly reasonable 16/1.

Liverpool will undoubtedly be favourites on Saturday, having won the last four meetings between the two clubs on Merseyside. And considering that Riise has been accurate with an excellent 40% of his crosses so far this term, even if the Norwegian fails to get on the scoresheet, he will undoubtedly create a few chances for team-mates such as Emile Heskey and Michael Owen.

However, Poyet has connected with a Spurs colleague with an even more impressive 60% of his crosses, indicating that there is more to his game than goalscoring. Considering that the Reds have been unusually generous in defence thus far this season, if the former River Plate midfielder can get hold of the ball regularly in attacking areas, Spurs may stand a chance of gaining something from their trip to Anfield.

Tottenham showed on their recent trip to Sunderland that they can travel to even the most difficult of venues and get a result. But Poyet and his team-mates from White Hart Lane will have to be at their very best if they are to travel back to north London with anything more than a point.

Rupert Webster