Liverpool vs Spurs - Tim's preview
29 March 2014|Tottenham Hotspur
Tim Sherwood knows full well the main threat we have to deal with at Anfield on Sunday.
Liverpool's strikeforce of Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge have taken the Premier League by storm this season, firing the Reds into title contention.
They have 48 goals between them - and Head Coach Tim is determined to stop them adding to that tally.
"We have to respect the fact that they have the best strike partnership in the Premier League for many a year," said Tim. "Suarez and Sturridge are scoring for fun, so we have to try and stop that and find a way to get at them."
Nevertheless, Tim sensed Liverpool were a little 'edgy' when Sunderland put them under pressure on Wednesday night. Trailing 2-0 at Anfield, Sunderland pushed men forward, got a goal back and tested the Reds to the limit, the game ending 2-1.
"They are one point off the lead and you start believing you can win it," said Tim, who captained Blackburn to the title in 1995. "We’re into the run-in now so it’s a realistic target for them.
"I know what a title run-in is like, it can be edgy. Everyone is mentioning them now. Hopefully we’ll catch a more nervous Liverpool side on Sunday."
Tim actually won the title at Anfield - Blackburn lost, but still edged United to the crown - and that is the best of many memories, up and down, from his playing days that started back in 1987.
"It was the home of football when I was growing up, that’s certainly where all the trophies belonged," he reflected. "I was fortunate to play there many times and not get that many good results there, I have to say.
"In the early days of my career, they were tremendous and won everything in sight.
"I remember playing against the likes of John Barnes, Steve McMahon, Ronnie Whelan, Ray Houghton. They won everything. I always remember turning up at Anfield and their fans would signal ‘three’ or ‘five’ to tell you what the score would be. You’d think ‘three, I’ll take that!’.
"But I’ve had some positive results there as a player and we're hoping to get one over on them on Sunday.
"It's one of the biggest stages in football and the players will relish a great occasion."