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Lowdown on Liverpool

Posted on 26 April 2002  - 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).

It's all pretty clear cut for Liverpool at the moment, they must win all their games and hope that Arsenal shed some five points in their remaining three games.

Liverpool lie second, four points behind the leaders, but Arsenal have a considerable goals advantage, hence the need for the extra point.

Even if Arsenal don't slip up, Liverpool will be determined to see out their campaign with maximum points to hold off Manchester United for automatic entry into the Champions League group stage.

The modern day maxim has been that if you finish above United you win the league. Unfortunately, for Liverpool, after years of trying, this is not looking like being the case this year.

However, given the trials and tribulations they have had to face this season, Liverpool have done remarkably well to hold their collective nerve and take the title race right up to the final furlongs. The also gave a good account of themselves in the Champions League and will be returning for more next season.

As Gerard Houllier recently pointed out, Chelsea and Leeds did better in their first campaigns in the elite league but have failed to return for a second helping since.

It was a nine game period during December and January that might cost Liverpool dear in their championship aspirations, winning only one game in that period before rocking Manchester United back on their heels with a 1-0 win at Old Trafford.

Since then Liverpool have not lost in the league and Houllier returned to the fold after heart surgery to bolster the charge to the finishing line.

Jamie Redknapp has no doubts at all over Liverpool's qualities, but feels they might struggle to maintain their unbeaten run at the Lane.

"They are a good side, no doubt about it," he insisted. "They've got great players and are very well organised - they club is in good hands, that's for sure.

"Liverpool have never had much success at White Hart Lane over the last few years, they always found it very hard when I was a Liverpool player to come to Tottenham.

"We had a good spell a few years ago, but then found it difficult and I'm sure it will be the same on Saturday."