Admiring Carragher looks forward to tonight’s visit of Spurs to Anfield
Published 06/02/2012 | 11:13
Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher is an admirer of Tottenham's attacking style, but is out for revenge when the north London club visit Anfield tonight.
Their meeting earlier this season ended in a 4-0 defeat - their worst since the spring of 2003 - after the Reds had Charlie Adam and Martin Skrtel sent off.
Since then both sides have improved and, with Liverpool unbeaten at home since last May when Spurs, coincidentally, inflicted Kenny Dalglish's only home defeat since returning as manager, Carragher feels this encounter will be more even.
"Spurs have probably been the most impressive team in the league for me this season," said the centre-back.
"I know they aren't top but they're great to watch. They play great football, very fast paced and they certainly showed that against us at White Hart Lane.
"That was our biggest defeat of the season and something we want to rectify.
"The game changed a bit towards the end when we were down to nine men and the scoreline flattered them to a certain extent but they played really well that day.
"We didn't start well enough and they caught us out.
"They also won at Anfield towards the end of last season. That's probably in the mind as much as anything.
"We realise we're playing against one of the best teams in the league and it's going to be very difficult.
"But we have proved in the last two home games, against the two teams above Tottenham (Manchester City and Manchester United), that we're more than a match for anyone in the country."
Carragher also believes they can still achieve their aim of a top-four finish despite strong competition from Chelsea, Arsenal and Newcastle.
That was boosted by their midweek 3-0 win at Wolves.
"The situation will change all the way between now and May," the 34-year-old told liverpoolfc.tv.
"At times we've been in there, at times we've been out of it.
"We've just got to stay within touching distance and focus on ourselves.
"We've got Chelsea at home towards the end of the season and hopefully that game will prove to be vital."
"Some people thought there might be a come down in the performance at Wolves (in midweek) after the games against the Manchester clubs.
"But the lads came out fighting against a team fighting for their lives and it was a great performance."