For the next 24 hours or so, focus will be on Tottenham’s final Europa League group match of the campaign and our attempts to seal a 100% record ahead of the knockout stages which begin next year. After Anzhi, comes a big game against Liverpool which could confirm a return to form after the Manchester City hammering or it could just highlight some perceived issues around the club.
Liverpool may prove to be one of our biggest rivals for a top four place this season and while the Reds are still prone to surprise results – Southampton and Hull City are the two examples – Brendan Rodgers’ side is far more consistent at the start of 2013-14.
As the week has developed however, an injury crisis in the middle of the park has left some to suggest that it’s a good time to be playing them. Jordan Henderson is the latest player to join a growing absentee list that includes Steven Gerrard, Luis Enqrique and Daniel Sturridge.
From those names, Sturridge is probably the biggest miss but that still leaves the small problem of Luis Suarez. With 14 goals in 11 games this season and five in his last two, it won’t be a good time to face the Reds unless something happens to the Uruguayan between now and Sunday.