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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).

Head to Head

Played 114

Tottenham won 32

Liverpool won 53

Drawn 29

Liverpool have lost only 2 of the last 13 Premiership meetings (4 of last 20), winning 6 in the process. Liverpool have won 5 of the last 8.

Liverpool have gained 26 points from their 16 Premiership games v Tottenham (Tottenham have gained 17 pts), scoring 31 goals in that time.

All the 114 meetings have come in the top division.

Head to Head (at White Hart Lane)

Played 57

Tottenham won 27

Liverpool won 17

Drawn 13

Tottenham have won the last 2 games here, and are unbeaten in the last 3. However, Tottenham have won only 3 of the last 10.

Liverpool's last win here came in December 1996, when Michael Thomas and Steve McManaman scored in their 2-0 win.

Two of Tottenham's last 4 goals against Liverpool have been own goals by Jamie Carragher.


Now in their 23rd successive season in the top division.

Their only major honour in the last 9 years came in 1999, when Allan Nielsen scored their 1-0 winner in the Worthington Cup Final v Leicester.

Last top division title success came in 1960-61, when they became only the third side to complete the League & FA Cup `double'.

Their best ever Premiership finish came in 1994-95, when they came 7th. Have not finished higher than 10th in each of the last 4 seasons.

This season

Currently have 17 pts (poss 39) from their opening 13 Premiership games this season, with all their 5 wins coming here at White Hart Lane. They have 6 pts fewer than at this stage last season.

All their wins this season came at home v Ipswich, Everton, West Ham, Derby and Sunderland.

Lost 6 games this season (lost 4 of last 6).

Won only 2 (v Derby & Sunderland) of their last 8 Premiership games.

Conceded 13 goals in last 6 Premiership games, without keeping a clean sheet in that time. Last clean sheet came in home goalless draw v Man City on Sept 23.

Scored only 9 goals in the last 8 Premiership games.

Remaining Premiership Games This Year

Nov 25 v Leicester (h)

Dec 2 v Man Utd (a)

Dec 9 v Bradford (a)

Dec 18 v Arsenal (h)

Dec 23 v Middlesbrough (h)

Dec 27 v Southampton (a)

Dec 30 v Ipswich (a)

At White Hart Lane

All Tottenham's 5 wins this season have come here at White Hart Lane.

Gained 16 pts from a possible 18 in their 6 games here this season, winning 5. The only game they failed to win came v Man City on Sept 23 (drew 0-0).

Tottenham have not lost here in over 7 months.

Including last season, Tottenham are unbeaten in their last 9 Premiership games here, winning 7 in the process. Their last home defeat came against Aston Villa on April 15 (lost 4-2).

George Graham was appointed manager in October 1998. The Worthington Cup success last year was his 7th major trophy as a manager (previously won 6 trophies in 8-and-a-half years with Arsenal).

His record as Tottenham manager:


105 41 28 36

Jose Dominguez joined Bundesliga side, Kaiserslautern, on Monday for £250,000.


Darren Anderton

  • Started the last 5 Premiership games, having returned from a month on the sidelines with a groin injury. Started 9 Prem games this season.
  • The last 3 goals he has scored have come from the penalty spot.
  • Tottenham record: 253 games, 38 goals.
  • Will be out of contract at end of this season.
  • Won his 29th England cap as sub in Wednesday's 1-0 friendly defeat in Italy.
  • Cost £1.75m from Portsmouth in June 1992.
  • Scored in Spurs' 2-1 defeat at Anfield in May 1997.

Chris Armstrong

  • Returned as sub for the last 2 games, having missed the opening 14 games this season with groin and hamstring injuries. Scored 2-1 Premiership winner v Sunderland on his first appearance this season - only 8 minutes after coming on as sub for Sergei Rebrov.
  • Spurs’ second top scorer last season with 14 goals (all in Prem). Finished strongly last season, 9 of those goals came in last 13 games of season.
  • Tottenham record: 61 goals in 166 games in all competitions (47 goals in 134 Premiership apps).
  • Signed from Crystal Palace for £4.5m in June 1995.
  • Was a non playing sub for England v Poland Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley in March 1999 - Keegan's first game as coach. Was called up as a late replacement after injuries ruled out Owen, Sutton, Fowler and Anderton.
  • Scored Spurs' 1-0 winner in this corresponding game last season. Also scored 2 Premiership goals for Palace v Liverpool - in 1-1 draw at Selhurst Park in March 1993 and in 6-1 home defeat in Aug 1994.

Sol Campbell

  • Sidelined for last 2 months (9 games) with a shoulder injury, sustained in Worthington Cup game at Brentford on Sept 19.
  • Tottenham captain and England vice-captain.
  • Is in the final year of his contract at club - he says he will not decide his future until next summer, when he would be free to leave White Hart Lane for nothing.
  • His 1-0 winner v West Ham on Sept 11, was his first goal in 17 months, since at Charlton in April 1999. It was also his first goal at home since Dec 1998.
  • Won his 37th England cap against France in Paris in Sept 2000.
  • Captained Spurs to 1999 Worthington Cup honours.
  • Has made 295 senior apps for club, scoring 14 goals.

Stephen Carr

  • Spurs’ Player of the Year for last season.
  • Only he and Sherwood have started all 13 Premiership games this season.
  • Been absent for only 5 of Spurs’ last 127 Premiership games since Aug 1997.
  • Tottenham record: 182 games, 6 goals. All 6 of his Spurs goals have been scored in London (4 at White Hart Lane, 1 at Brentford and 1 at Wimbledon).
  • Already scored twice this season. Scored career best 3 goals during the whole of last season (all in Prem).
  • Won his 15th cap for Rep of Ireland in 2-0 World Cup qualifying win v Estonia on Oct 11. Withdrew from their squad which beat Finland 3-0 on Wednesday, with a slight calf strain.

Stephen Clemence

  • Started each of the last 4 Premiership games - his first starts this season.
  • Midfielder signed from trainee in April 1995.
  • Has scored twice in 75 games for Spurs.
  • His only senior Spurs goals came at home v Fulham in FA Cup 3rd round (Jan 1998) and home v Derby in April 2000 - his first Premiership goal.
  • Made 19 starts all comps last season.
  • Sent off in FA Cup 4th round replay defeat at Barnsley in Feb 1998 for two bookings (the second for diving).
  • Capped once by England U-21s (v Sweden in Sept 1998).
  • Son of Ray, the former Liverpool, Tottenham and England ‘keeper.

Simon Davies

  • Made only 2 sub apps in the Premiership this season v Derby and Chelsea last month. His only Prem start came in 3-1 defeat at Old Trafford on May 6.
  • Midfielder signed from Peterborough for £700,000 in January 2000.
  • Made his senior debut for Spurs as a sub at Liverpool in April 2000.
  • Won 7th Wales U-21 cap away v Belarus in Sept 1, then was a sub not used for the senior side during their 2-1 defeat by Belarus in Minsk 24 hours later. Yet to win first senior cap.
  • Not scored senior goal for over a year, since 1-0 winner for Peterborough at Southend in Division Three (Sept 1999).
  • He and Matthew Etherington (who moved with him to Spurs from Peterborough) had extended trials at Man Utd in July 1999.

Gary Doherty

  • All his 5 Premiership appearances (3 this season) have been as sub.
  • Made his senior Spurs debut as sub in 3-1 Premiership defeat at Old Trafford on May 6.
  • Won 3 senior Rep of Ireland caps, with the last coming as sub in 2-1 win v South Africa during the US Cup on June 11.
  • Former Rep of Ireland U-18 captain.
  • Cost £1m from Luton in April 2000.

Les Ferdinand

  • Ever-present in Premiership this season, starting each of the last 10.
  • If he starts today, it will be the first time in 5 seasons he has started 11 successive Premiership games (last time for Newcastle at end of 1995-96).
  • Scored 2 goals this season (came in 1st 4 games), but has failed to score in any of his last 9 Premiership appearances. His last goal came in 3-2 win v Everton on Sept 5.
  • Striker who is third in the all-time list of Premiership scorers with 115 goals in 245 appearances (only Shearer and Cole have scored more).
  • Scored 149 League goals in his career (incl 14 for Besiktas, of Turkey).
  • Tottenham record: 84 games, 14 goals (67 games, 14 goals in Prem).
  • Joined from Newcastle for a then club record £6m in August 1997.
  • Won the last of his 17 England caps in a friendly against Belgium in Casablanca in May 1998. Scored 5 international goals.
  • Scored 4 Premiership goals v Liverpool (2 for QPR & 2 for Newcastle), with his last coming for Newcastle in that thrilling 4-3 defeat at Anfield in April 1996 - arguably Sky's most exciting game.

Steffen Freund

  • Missed the last 2 games with a hamstring injury.
  • Yet to score in 73 games for Tottenham.
  • Midfielder who cost £750,000 from Borussia Dortmund in December 1998.
  • Won last of 21 German caps in World Cup warm-up v Finland in Helsinki (May 1998). Non playing member of Germany’s 1998 World Cup squad because of a calf injury.
  • His last Lge goal was for Bor. Dortmund away at Kaiserslautern in April 1998.
  • Won 1996 Bundesliga title and 1997 World Club Championship with Borussia.

Steffen Iversen

  • Recently underwent knee cartilage operation, expected to return next month.

Ledley King

  • Missed start of season after breaking his right foot during the final game of the European U-21 Championship Finals in Slovakia during the summer.
  • Has been on the bench for last 3 Premiership games.
  • Made his senior Spurs debut as sub v Liverpool (away) in May 1999.
  • Last of his 4 appearances came when he started final Premiership game last season v Sunderland (won 3-1).
  • Won his 5th England U-21 cap (1 goal) in Tuesday's game in Italy. Despite the game being abandoned after only 10 mins, all the players were awarded caps.
  • 20-year-old defender, now in his third season as a Spurs professional.

Willem Korsten

  • Missed the opening 2 months this season following a hip operation. Returned as sub for 3-1 Premiership win v Derby on Oct 21. Made his only start this season a week later at Chelsea (lost 3-0).
  • Not featured in last 2 games.
  • 25-year-old Dutch midfielder, he cost £1.5m from Vitesse Arnhem in May 1999.
  • Yet to score in 12 games for Tottenham.
  • Former Dutch U-21 international.

Oyvind Leonhardsen

  • Currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. Likely to return to the side in mid-December.

Chris Perry

  • 5ft 8in central defender.
  • Started 11 of Spurs' 13 Premiership games this season.
  • Scored 3 goals in 60 games for Tottenham. For Wimbledon, he scored 3 goals in 212 games.
  • His goal in 4-3 defeat at Leeds on Sept 30, was his first goal in over a year, since in UEFA Cup game v Zimbru.
  • Tottenham record: 60 games, 3 goals.
  • Cost £4m (rising to £5.5m dep. on apps) from Wimbledon in July 1999.

Sergei Rebrov

  • 5ft 7in striker.
  • Spurs' top scorer this season with 5 goals in 12 games (Prem).
  • Returned for last 2 games, having missed 2 with a thigh injury.
  • Cost a club record £11m from Dynamo Kiev in June 2000. That almost doubled Spurs’ previous transfer record of £6m for Les Ferdinand from Newcastle.
  • Joined Kiev from his first club Shakhtyor Donetsk in 1992, aged 18. Scored 103 goals in 208 top division games in Ukraine League - a national record.
  • Scored 28 goals in 59 Champions League games for Kiev (8 last season).
  • Has 39 caps for Ukraine, scoring 12 goals. Won latest cap in 1-0 World Cup qualifying win in Norway on Oct 11.
  • Won Ukraine Championship in each of the last six seasons.

Tim Sherwood

  • Only he and Stephen Carr have started all 13 Premiership games this season.
  • Tottenham record: 66 games, 14 goals. Scored 12 of his 14 goals for the club here at White Hart Lane.
  • Missed 11 weeks towards end of last season following a hernia operation.
  • His 3 England caps came in successive internationals in 1999. Made his debut in Keegan’s first game as head coach, against Poland at Wembley in March 1999. His last cap was in goalless Euro 2000 qualifying draw v Sweden at Wembley in June 1999.
  • Has not been part of the England squad since being selected for the Euro 2000 qualifiers against Luxembourg and Poland in Sept 1999.
  • Cost £4m from Blackburn in February 1999.
  • Captained Blackburn to the Premiership title in 1995.
  • Has scored 48 League goals in his career
  • Scored 2 Premiership goals for Blackburn v Liverpool - in 2-0 win at Ewood Park in March 1994 and in 3-2 home defeat in Feb 1996.

Neil Sullivan

  • Started 12 of Tottenham's 13 Premiership games this season, conceding 18 goals. Kept his only 2 clean sheets v West Ham (h) and Man City (h).
  • Was sent-off in Worthington Cup game at Brentford on Sept 19.
  • Joined Tottenham in June on a free transfer, after his contract at Wimbledon had expired. Was immediately installed as Spurs' number 1 by George Graham, replacing Ian Walker.
  • Had been at Wimbledon all his career before joining Tottenham.
  • Born in Sutton, England, he qualifies for Scotland through a Glaswegian grandfather.
  • Succeeded the retired Jim Leighton as Scotland’s No 1 ‘keeper in October 1998. Won his 19th cap in 1-1 World Cup qualifying draw in Croatia on Oct 11. Withdrew from friendly defeat v Australia on Wednesday with a thumb injury.

Mauricio Taricco

  • Currently sidelined, having undergone a groin operation.

Ben Thatcher

  • Serving a 1-match ban today, following his sending-off v Sunderland on Nov 4.

Alton Thelwell

  • 20-year-old defender, now in his 3rd season as a Spurs professional.
  • Yet to make his Spurs debut.
  • Been on the bench in each of last 6 Premiership games.

Ramon Vega

  • Started each of last 8 Premiership games - mostly as replacement for injured Campbell. Started only 2 Premiership games during whole of last season.
  • Central defender signed from Cagliari for £3.75m in Jan 1997.
  • Tottenham record: 83 games, 8 goals.
  • Will be out of contract at end of this season.
  • Not scored in Premiership this year. His last goal came in 2-1 defeat at Boro in Dec 1999.
  • His last goal at White Hart Lane came in 3-3 Prem draw v Leeds in Sept 1998.
  • Won 21 caps (1 goal) for Switzerland. Not capped since v Italy in Oct 1998.
  • Linked with a move to Celtic in August 2000 - but he says he does not want to leave Spurs or London.
  • Scored in 3-3 draw in this corresponding game in March 1998.

Ian Walker

  • Has been relegated to No 2 ‘keeper at the club this season by the arrival of Neil Sullivan from Wimbledon.
  • His only Premiership start this season came in 2-1 away defeat at Coventry on Oct 14 (Sullivan was serving a 1-match ban).
  • Only Spurs ever present last season (started all 46 games in all comps).
  • The club's longest serving player, now in his 12th season as a professional. Has made 310 senior apps in his Spurs career.
  • Won last of 3 England caps in World Cup qualifier v Italy at Wembley in Feb 1997 (lost 1-0).
  • Not been part of the England squad since being selected for the Euro 2000 play-off tie against Scotland in November 1999. Was No 3 ‘keeper in that squad.

Luke Young

  • Started each of the last 3 Premiership games.
  • Central defender, now in his 4th year as a Spurs professional.
  • Yet to score his first senior goal for Spurs (55 games).
  • Made 15 starts in all comps for club last season.
  • Won 6th U-21 cap, and scored the opening goal, in England’s 6-1 friendly win over Georgia at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough, on August 31.
  • Made his home League debut in 2-1 win v Liverpool in Dec 1998.


The most successful club in the history of English football. Won the title a record 18 times (11 times in 18-season period between 1973-90).

Have now not lifted the title for 10 seasons (since 1989-90).

Club has won just one major honour in the last eight seasons: the 1995 Coca-Cola Cup under Roy Evans.

This season

Gained 24 pts (poss 39) from their opening 13 Premiership games this season, winning 7. They are 3 pts better off than at this stage last season.

Their only 3 defeats this season came at Arsenal, Chelsea and Leeds.

Before the weekend games, Liverpool were the second top scorers in the Premiership with 27 goals. Only leaders, Man Utd (35), had scored more.

Scored 15 goals in their last 5 Premiership games - an average of 3-per-game. Have scored 3 or more goals in 7 of their 13 games this season.

Conceded 19 goals this season. Before the weekend games, they had conceded more goals than any of the other sides in the top 8. During the whole of last season, they conceded only 30 goals.

Won 4 of their last 5 Premiership games (12 pts from last 15). Only defeat in that time came at Leeds on Nov 4 (lost 4-3).

Remaining Premiership Games This Year

Nov 26 v Newcastle (a)

Dec 2 v Charlton (h)

Dec 10 v Ipswich (h)

Dec 17 v Man Utd (a)

Dec 23 v Arsenal (h)

Dec 26 v Middlesbrough (a)

Dec 30 v Bradford (a)

Liverpool have drawn Greek side, Olympiakos, in the third round of the UEFA Cup, with the first leg being played in Greece on Thursday.

In the Worthington Cup, Liverpool will play away at Stoke in the fourth round on Wednesday, November 29.

Away from home

Won only 1 (4-0 at Derby) of their 6 away Premiership games this season, gaining 5 pts from a possible 18 in that time.

Before the weekend matches, Liverpool had the second best scoring record away from home, with 11 goals (scored 7 in last 2). Only Boro with 12 goals had scored more away.

Conceded 13 goals away from home this season. During the whole of last season, they conceded only 17 goals on their travels.

Kept only 1 clean sheet (v Derby) in their last 8 away games.

Including last season, Liverpool have won only 1 of their last 9 on their travels, losing 5 in the process.

Gerard Houllier assumed full control on Nov 12, 1998, when Roy Evans decided to leave the club he had been part of for 34 years. Houllier, a former French national manager, joined Liverpool in July 1998 as joint manager with Evans. Houllier appointed Phil Thompson, an ex-club captain, as his assistant. They both signed contract extensions in July 2000, tying them to the club until 2005.

Houllier has spent around £60m in his two year spell in charge. He has recouped around £23m in sales.

Since the summer he has spent some £22m on Diomede, Barmby, Ziege and most recently Igor Biscan. Biscan was granted a work permit on Monday and is now free to join Liverpool when the Croatian season breaks at the beginning of December. Liverpool have agreed a £7m fee with his Croatian club, Dinamo Zagreb.

Babbel, Arphexad and McAllister came as free transfers. They recouped around half of this through the sales of Thompson (to Coventry for £3m) and Matteo (to Leeds for £4.75m). Other departures include Neil Murphy (Blackpool), Bjornebye (Blackburn) and Babb (Sporting Lisbon). Steve Staunton has been told he can leave the club on a free. Has been linked with Derby and a return to Villa.

Houllier's record in sole charge (all comps)


91 45 19 27

Liverpool's Premiership record under Houllier


77 37 18 22


Pegguy Arphexad

  • Frenchman signed on a (Bosman) free transfer from Leicester in July 2000.
  • Will be the No 2 'keeper behind Westerveld. Stands 6ft 2in.
  • Spent three seasons as the No 2 at Leicester, first to Kasey Keller, and then last season to Tim Flowers.
  • Made 29 first team appearances during his Leicester career (18 last season).
  • Joined Leicester on a free transfer from Lens in August 1997.
  • Was a non playing sub for Leicester in last season's Worthington Cup final win over Tranmere.
  • Made his senior Liverpool debut in Worthington Cup win v Chelsea on Nov 1.

Markus Babbel

  • Right sided central defender or full-back, signed on a free transfer from Bayern Munich when his contract expired in July 2000.
  • Announced his temporary retirement from international football on Aug 2, so that he can devote more time to his new career at Anfield.
  • Said he will not play in his country's World Cup 2002 qualifying campaign or the finals in Japan and Korea should Germany make it. But he will reconsider his decision when the Euro 2004 qualifiers begin.
  • Played in Germany's opening two games of Euro 2000, including the defeat to England, but did not play in the final game against Portugal.
  • He and Liverpool team-mate Hamman were made scapegoats for Germany's dismal Euro 2000 showing, amid tabloid allegations that the pair of them had been guilty of late night drinking sessions during the tournament.
  • Has 51 caps (1 goal) for Germany.
  • Member of Germany Euro '96 winning team.
  • Spent majority of his career with Bayern, apart from a loan period at Hamburg from 1992-94.
  • Has started all 12 Prem games this season.

Nick Barmby

  • Began his career at Tottenham. After signing professional forms in April 1991, he went on to score 27 goals in 108 games, before a £5.75m move to Everton in Nov 1996. Turned down Liverpool, and a host of other clubs, as a junior to join Tottenham.
  • Was almost signed by then Liverpool manager Roy Evans in 1995 when he left Spurs (joined Middlesbrough instead).
  • Midfielder or striker. Signed for boyhood idols Liverpool in a deal worth £6m from Everton in July 2000.
  • Recalled to England squad last season. His appearance against Brazil in May was his first cap since September 1996.
  • Made two brief substitute appearances (totaling 33 minutes) for England at Euro 2000, against Germany and Romania.
  • Won 18th England cap (3 goals) in 1-0 friendly defeat in Italy on Wednesday.
  • Scored 10 goals (9 Premiership) for Everton last season - his best scoring season at Goodison Park. The club's second top scorer last season.
  • Has featured in all 13 Premiership games this season, scoring his first goal in 3-1 Merseyside derby win v former club, Everton, on Oct 29.
  • Has made 258 Premiership appearances in total, 47 goals.
  • Yet to score v Tottenham since leaving them in Nov 1996.

Patrik Berger

  • Will be sidelined until March, having recently undergone knee surgery.

Titi Camara

  • Has recently been put on the transfer list, by his own request. Is not happy playing for reserves. Houllier has said that Camara has not been been playing because he has been injured and has been away on international duty.
  • Scored 10 goals in 37 games for Liverpool.
  • Guinea international.
  • Cost £2.5m from Marseille in June 1999.

Jamie Carragher

  • Midfielder or full-back.
  • Not scored for 22 months, since 7-1 Premiership win over Southampton at Anfield in Jan 1999.
  • Scored two goals in 126 games for Liverpool.
  • Started all but five of Liverpool's 38 Premiership games last season.
  • Surpassed Gary Owen's England U-21 caps record of 22 last season. Played in all three of England's games at the European U-21 Championship in May-June, taking his caps total to 27.
  • Won 2nd senior England cap as sub in 1-0 defeat in Italy on Wednesday.

Bernard Diomede

  • Currently sidelined, having undergone knee surgery last month.

Robbie Fowler

  • Missed the start of the season after damaging ligaments in his right ankle in a pre-season game in Belfast on Aug 3. Returned as sub in 1st leg game v Rapid Bucharest in September.
  • This is the same ankle that needed two operations last season.
  • Club's vice-captain.
  • Has started only three Prem games in the last 14 months.
  • Scored his first goal in 10 months v Chelsea in the Worthington Cup on Nov 1. It was also his first goal in 13 apps in all comps (seven as sub).
  • Has not scored a Premiership goal for over 10 months, since v Wimbledon in Dec 99. Has not scored in last 10 Prem apps, only three starts.
  • His wife gave birth to their second child just prior to the Slovan Liberec game on Oct 26. Missed a penalty in this game.
  • Made only 14 apps last season, only 8 starts.
  • Scored 3 goals last season.
  • Completed his first 90 mins in a senior game, in a year v Rapid Bucharest in UEFA Cup 1st Rnd 2nd Leg game on Sep 28. Last 90 mins in Premiership came v Man Utd in Sep 99.
  • Signed a new five year contract at the club earlier this year.
  • Scored 109 goals in 205 Prem apps for Liverpool.
  • Scored 151 goals in 276 Liverpool apps.
  • Won 15th England cap (3 goals) as sub in 1-0 defeat in Italy on Wednesday.
  • Now in ninth full season at Anfield, signed pro in April 92.
  • Scored 4 Premiership goals v Spurs - scored 2 (1 pen) in 3-3 draw at White Hart Lane in Dec 1993, scored 1 (pen) in 1-1 draw at Anfield in Nov 1994 and 1 in 3-1 win here in Aug 1995.

Steven Gerrard

  • Midfielder who finished third in last season's PFA Young Player of the Year award (behind Harry Kewell and Robbie Keane).
  • Scored 3 goals in 57 games for Liverpool, scored at West Ham in Sep.
  • Served three-match ban last season following his sending-off against Everton at Anfield in Sept 1999 (for high tackle on Campbell).
  • Has been associated with Liverpool since the age of eight.
  • Won 2 senior caps for England. Has pulled out of England's last 3 squads, including this week v Italy with a back injury.
  • Might have figured more prominently at Euro 2000 but for a persistent groin injury, which has troubled him for much of this year.

Dietmar Hamann

  • Dropped for last Sunday's 4-1 win v Coventry.
  • Started 11 of the club's 13 Premiership games this season.
  • His only 2 goals this season came in 3-2 home Premiership win v Man City.
  • Scored 3 goals in 46 games for Liverpool.
  • Cost £8m from Newcastle in July 1999.
  • Appeared in all three games for Germany at Euro 2000.
  • Won 30th German cap (3 goals) in Wednesday's 2-1 defeat in Denmark.
  • Go down in history as last scorer at Wembley in 1-0 win v England on Oct 7.
  • Was a teammate of Babbel's at Bayern Munich - they were members of the side that won the 1997 Bundesliga title and the 1996 UEFA Cup.
  • Was sent-off in Sky Live game v Arsenal in August, however his second caution for shirt pulling was rescinded by ref Graham Poll after watching the incident again on video.

Vegard Heggem

  • Currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. Likely to return to the first-team around Christmas.

Stephane Henchoz

  • Made his first start in 5 Premiership games last Sunday v Coventry (had not featured in previous 4).
  • Central defender.
  • Yet to score in 45 games for Liverpool.
  • Yet to score in 127 games (Blackburn and Liverpool combined) since coming to England with Rovers in July 1997.
  • His last League goal came for Hamburg in 1-1 draw at Uerdingen in Sept 1995.
  • Cost £4m from Blackburn in July 1999.
  • Won his 45th cap for Switzerland (0 goals) in their 1-1 friendly draw in Tunisia on Wednesday.

Emile Heskey

  • Serving a 1-match ban today, following his sending-off in Worthington Cup game v Chelsea on Nov 1.

Sami Hyypia

  • Central defender, who skipper's Liverpool in the absence of captain Redknapp and vice-captain Fowler.
  • Started last 6 Prem games, was out earlier this season with a knee injury.
  • Liverpool record: 55 games, 4 goals.
  • Only Liverpool player to be named in last season's PFA Premiership Team of the season.
  • One of only six players in the entire division to have started all 38 Premiership games last season.
  • Started all but 1 of Liverpool's 43 games last season (rested for Worthington Cup game v Hull). Scored two goals, both in Premiership last season.
  • Won 36th Finland cap v England in 0-0 WCQ draw in Helsinki on Oct 11. Was not named in their squad for friendly against Rep of Ireland on Wednesday.
  • Cost £2.6m from Dutch club, Willem II, in May 1999.

Gary McAllister

  • Joined Liverpool on a free, when his Coventry contract expired in July 2000.
  • Now in the 20th season of his career. Liverpool is his fifth club.
  • Made 7 Premiership apps this season, scoring his first goal against his former club, Coventry, in last Sunday's 4-1 win.
  • Missed 7 weeks earlier this season through suspension, lack of match fitness and for family reasons. Sent-off at Arsenal on Aug 21.
  • Brought in by Houllier as a 'father figure' to Liverpool's young players.
  • Signed a one-year contract, with an extra season on top if the club qualify for the Champions League this season.
  • Coventry's Player of the Year for 1999-2000 when he scored 13 goals in all comps (11 in Prem), including four penalties - his best scoring season.
  • Retired from international football in 1999 after being booed by a section of Scottish fans in Euro 2000 qualifier against the Czech Republic at Celtic Park in March 1999. Former Scotland captain, who won 57 caps (5 goals).
  • Spent four seasons at Coventry, whom he joined from Leeds for £3m in July 1996. Championship winner with Leeds in 1992.
  • Scored 99 League goals in his career in England.
  • Has made 617 career Lge apps (includes Lge games for Motherwell).

Erik Meijer

  • Currently on-loan at Preston

Danny Murphy

  • Liverpool record: 7 goals (4 in Worthington Cup) in 60 games
  • Made only his second Premiership start this season at Leeds on Nov 4.
  • Started only nine Premiership games last season (made 14 apps as a sub).
  • Former England U-21 international with two caps.
  • Cost £1.5m from Crewe in July 1997 (fee could rise to £3m depending on apps).
  • Signed a 2-year contract extension in Feb 2000, tying him to club until 2003.
  • Forced his way back into Houllier's plans last season, having looked certain to be sold in the summer of 1999.
  • Missed part of pre-season build-up with a knee injury.

Jorgen Nielsen

  • 6ft goalkeeper and No 3 at club.
  • Yet to make his senior debut for Liverpool.
  • Signed from Danish club, Hvidovre, for undisclosed fee in summer of 1997.
  • Sub not used in 24 games last season.

Michael Owen

  • Last Sunday v Coventry, he made his first start in 4 Premiership games, having been sidelined with a head injury, sustained at Derby on Oct 15.
  • Liverpool's top scorer this season with 8 goals (7 in Prem).
  • Scored 7 goals in 9 Premiership games this season, including a hat-trick in 3-1 home win v Aston Villa on Sept 6.
  • Top scorer in each of the last three seasons.
  • Liverpool record: 67 goals in 128 games (55 goals in 104 Prem).
  • Has 24 caps (8 goals) for England - last cap came v Germany in WCQ on Oct 7, was unused sub v Finland in 0-0 draw in Helsinki on Oct 11. Pulled out of this week's England squad v Italy with a back injury.
  • Scored twice v Tottenham in the Premiership - scored in 4-0 win at Anfield in Nov 1997 and in 2-0 home win in April 2000.

Jamie Redknapp

  • Is out until next year with a persistent knee injury. Recently had further surgery. Missed much of last season after an operation on the same injury in Nov 99.

Vladimir Smicer

  • Started the last 2 Premiership games - his first League starts for 2 months.
  • Having started the opening 4 games this season, he then missed 6 games in all comps with a hamstring injury.
  • Liverpool record: 36 games, 2 goals.
  • Cost £3.75m from Lens in July 1999.
  • Has 45 caps (18 goals) for the Czech Republic. Last cap came v Bulgaria in WCQ on Sep 2. Not included in Czech Republic squad for WCQ v Iceland and Malta on Oct 7 and 11, due to injury.
  • Played in all three of the Czech Republic's games at Euro 2000. Scored twice in final game against Denmark (when the Czech's had already been eliminated following defeats to France and Holland).

Rigobert Song

  • Yet to score in 38 senior games for Liverpool.
  • Captained Cameroon to a 1-1 draw v France in a friendly in Paris on Oct 4 - had a last minute header cleared off the line by Frank Leboeuf.
  • Cost £2.6m from Italian club Salernitana in January 1999.
  • Previously at Metz for four seasons.
  • Full-back or central defender. Captained Cameroon to the African Cup of Nations title in February 2000 - scored the winning penalty in the Final.
  • Has started only three Premiership games this season.
  • Not featured in any of last 10 games in all comps.

Djimi Traore

  • French U-21 international left-back.
  • Yet to score in 12 games for Liverpool.
  • Made his first Premiership start in almost 2 months last Sunday v Coventry. Started Liverpool's opening 6 Premiership games this season, but was then out of favour until last Sunday.
  • Played under Houllier in the French U-18 side.
  • Cost £550,000 from French club, Laval, in February 1999.

Sander Westerveld

  • Started all 13 Prem games this season, conceding 19 goals (3 clean sheets).
  • Made 56 appearances for Liverpool.
  • Sent-off for slapping match with Everton's Francis Jeffers, on his Merseyside derby debut on Sept 27, 1999. Served a 3-match ban as a result.
  • Cost £4m from Vitesse Arnhem in June 1999 - a then British record fee for a goalkeeper.
  • Was in the recent Dutch squads v Cyprus (Oct 7 - did not play, won 4-0) and Portugal (Oct 11 - did not play, lost 2-0 in Rotterdam). Named in their squad for friendly in Spain on Wednesday, but did not play.
  • Holland's No 2 'keeper. Made three appearances at Euro 2000, two as a playing substitute and one start (v France).
  • Has five caps for Holland.

Christian Ziege

  • Played 14 games for Liverpool (9 in Prem) this season, scoring his first goal in 4-3 defeat at Leeds on Nov 4.
  • Signed from Middlesbrough on Aug 29 for £5.5m
  • Cost Middlesbrough £4m from AC Milan in July 1999.
  • Scored 7 goals for Boro last season (in 34 apps).
  • Was originally a goalkeeper at school.
  • Joined Bayern Munich in 1990 at the age of 18. Won two Bundesliga titles (1994 and 1997) and the UEFA Cup (1996) with them.
  • Joined AC Milan for £4m in the summer of 1997. Played 17 Serie A games as they won the Serie A title two seasons ago.
  • Won his 54th cap for Germany (8 goals) in their 2-1 friendly defeat in Denmark on Wednesday.
  • Was sent-off playing for Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on Jan 29.
  • Scored in Boro's 2-1 Prem win v Tottenham at the Riverside in Dec 1999.

The referee is Mike Halsey. In 6 Premiership games he has taken charge of this season, he has issued 21 yellow cards and 1 red (Charlton's Steve Brown v Southampton on Sept 6 at The Valley).

Yellow peril - Tottenham's Darren Anderton and Stephen Carr are both on 4 bookings, along with Liverpool's Danny Murphy.

StatPack - By Trevor Simmons