View from...the inside
Jamie Redknapp is back at the Lane on Sunday with a unique view of our massive opening fixture against Liverpool.
Welcome to the first of a new series of articles this season on www.tottenhamhotspur.com where we will be speaking to legends and former players who either played for our forthcoming opponents or for whom the game will mean something that extra special.
We kick-off with Jamie Redknapp looking ahead to Sunday's clash against Liverpool...
VIEW FROM...THE INSIDE...
Jamie Redknapp is back at the Lane on Sunday with a unique insight into our massive opening fixture against Liverpool.
Not only has the former England midfielder the distinction of captaining both teams, but his father is now in the managerial hotseat at the Lane.
Jamie spent 11 years at Liverpool, playing over 250 times for the Reds and was at Spurs between April, 2002 and January, 2005. That would be enough to make this the most significant match on the fixture list anyway, but Harry's arrival at the club last October has now added even more spice.
Now 36 and having retired from the game in at the end of the 2005-06 season, Jamie, an elegant midfielder in his day, will be in the hotseat himself on Sunday - the Sky Sports' pundit's hotseat.
Naturally, with Harry in charge, it would be difficult for Jamie to be a neutral observer at any Spurs fixture. But with Liverpool in town, he admits it's a no-lose situation.
"I spent 11 years at Liverpool and it will be a real mixture of emotions for me on Sunday," he admitted this week. "Naturally, I have a great deal of affection for both teams. I have a lot of friends at Tottenham and good friends still at Liverpool.
"Now my dad is involved at Tottenham, it's the first result I look for because I know how much it means to him, he cares about football so much and wants to be a success at White Hart Lane. That fact I played for Tottenham as well makes it extra special for me and it's almost a no-lose situation for me on Sunday.
"And let's face it, if I can't talk about Tottenham-Liverpool, who can?!"
Ours is the headline fixture of the opening weekend in the Barclays Premier League and Jamie suggests that such a high-profile match might have come too early in the campaign.
"I'm sure neither team would like to be playing each other at this stage," he reasoned. "Liverpool certainly wouldn't ideally want to be going to White Hart Lane because they only lost two matches in the Premier League last season and one was there. They know the quality of players at Tottenham.
"Having said that, for the first time since I stopped playing, I really believe Liverpool could win the title this season.
"It's an exciting game and an exciting season for both teams. There is a lot of optimism. I'm looking forward to seeing how the likes of Crouchy gets on but probably even more so someone like Luka Modric, he'll be another season on in the Premier League and he looks like a top-class player. He can improve further, as can Wilson Palacios and these players can become Tottenham greats."
As for his own time at Spurs, unprompted, Jamie admitted injuries simply got the better of him - restricting him to 49 appearances.
"It was such a shame because I loved the club," he added. "I enjoyed being with the players who were there at the time but it just didn't work out.
"It's one where I look back with a few regrets, I suppose, but now I've finished it's a great club to have played for and to have on my CV - my little boy's into football and says to me 'you played for Tottenham, dad?' and it's a terrific club. I'm delighted my dad's there and I just hope now the club gets the results it deserves."