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Perfect preparation

Posted on 4 August 2009  - 12:00

The message was clear from manager and captain after another pre-season success.

Perfect preparation

The message was clear from manager and captain after another pre-season success.

The lads impressed in beating West Ham and Hull City on the way to winning the Barclays Asia Trophy in Beijing, China.

Robbie Keane struck twice in the final against the Tigers as we added the trophy to the Peace Cup, Vodacom Challenge and Feyenoord Jubileum Tournament in recent pre-seasons.

However, both Robbie and Harry Redknapp know that only one date really matters - August 16, White Hart Lane, Liverpool at home in the Premier League.

"China was a good test for us and I thought the lads did well, not just against Hull but in both games," reflected Keano. "It was a good couple of days for us and at times we played really well.

"The lads have looked really sharp considering the long trip and hopefully we'll take that into the season.

"It's always great to score the goals but the most important thing is to get the fitness right for the start of the season.

"We got two good wins under our belts and it's always important to win games, our main aim is the start of the season, that's what we're concentrating on."

Harry added: "Winning's a good habit but it's all about what we do at the start of the season, that's what counts.

"It was nice to go to China and win the tournament and play well against two good teams from the Premier League. That was good for us."