Whichever way you look at it, Tottenham have been superb in recent months, unbeaten since November 17th and playing some of the best football in the country at present. Andre Villas-Boas has created an excellent team spirit at White Hart Lane, the players play for each other and, although the team is very much focused around Gareth Bale, everyone has an important role to play.
Liverpool on the other hand have been indifferent this season, they do look like a team in transition both in they way the play and through the inconsistency of their results; everytime they seem to turn a corner they always take two steps backwards again.
Liverpool can win this game, their football has been brilliant at times this season and if Brendan Rodgers sets his team up well they are more than capable of taming a rampant Tottenham side. So how can Liverpool win this game?
5. Stop Gareth Bale
It sounds so simple but many teams have failed to do it this season, in essence if you stop Bale from playing then you will go a long way in stopping Tottenham from playing. Liverpool will need to closely mark the Welsh International, it may be a case of man-marking him throughout the match to stem his creativity and stop him from making the sorts of runs that have destroyed so many teams over the last three months.
In Glen Johnson, Liverpool have someone who can come close to matching Bale for pace so it would make sense for him to be the one to keep an eye on him. One thing Liverpool have to be wary of is Bale’s tendency do go down and look for penalties, the best way to combat this is to not dive in and stand him up, force him wide and turn him back; if Liverpool do not give him a reason to do down then the threat of giving away spot kicks is eliminated altogether.
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This article was first posted on March 10, 2013