Rose: 'As soon as we cross the line, there is no friendship'
26 August 2016|Tottenham Hotspur
Danny Rose may well sit down for dinner with a number of Liverpool's players on England duty next week. But for 90 minutes on Saturday, table manners will go out of the window.
The flying full-back earned his first seven England caps last season, culminating in selection for the European Championships. He travelled to France with four Spurs team-mates, plus Liverpool's Nathaniel Clyne, Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana, James Milner and Daniel Sturridge.
Now he's likely to face them all - particularly Clyne down his left flank - as we prepare for a potential cracker against Jurgen Klopp's men at the Lane. It's an early kick-off, 12.30pm.
"I get on very well with Jordan Henderson, who is their captain now, I’ve played with him since I was about 19 with England but as soon as the game starts I don’t think ‘that’s my friend’ or maybe if I’m in the England squad next week that I’ll be sitting with him eating dinner, it doesn’t matter, I want to win," stated Danny, our longest-serving player.
"Danny Welbeck is probably my closest friend in football and one of my good friends away from football, but he plays for Arsenal now and as soon as we cross the line, there is no friendship there and I will do what I need to do to make sure we win three points."
The Reds began the Premier League season with a bang at Arsenal but came back to earth with a bump and 2-0 loss at Burnley - despite registering 81% possession at Turf Moor.
"Liverpool will be up there this season and it will be difficult for us," said Danny. "Last season we drew twice and after the season finished, those were the games we looked back on and thought if we’d managed to get three points from one of them, it could have been pivotal in the run-in at the end of the season.
"Every point is important. We’ve spoken about it in meetings and the manager has said that it’s vital when we go ahead and have a lot of chances, we have to put teams away.
"Last weekend, we thought it might be one of those games against Crystal Palace but thankfully Victor got us out of trouble and we managed to win three points."
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