Can Rodgers break Liverpool's White Hart Lane hoodoo?
If Liverpool are to keep their fine run of form going this weekend they will have to do something which they have only managed twice in the last decade – win at White Hart Lane.
Liverpool head to north London to play at a ground where they normally simply forget how to play quality football, and this time they will have to do so without Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool have lost their last SIX visits to Spurs in all competitions, the most recent of which came in November last year, when Aaron Lennon and Gareth Bale sealed a 2-1 win.
The three prior league meetings all ended 2-1 to Tottenham, with last-minute winners for Aaron Lennon in 2010 and Roman Pavlyuchenko in 2008 deepening Liverpool’s misery.
Not since May 2008 have Liverpool tasted victory at the Lane, when Fernando Torres and Andrei Voronin scored second-half goals to give the visitors a rare 2-0 win in north London.
Liverpool also won 1-0 in December 2006, when Luis Garcia scored the only goal. Going further back, Gus Poyet’s goal in May 2002 was the final nail in Liverpool’s title challenge.
There’s no getting away from it, recent trips to Tottenham have brought nothing but disappointment for the Reds. Since January 2004, they have won twice, drawn three times and lost on seven occasions.
Minus Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge for this weekend’s encounter, Liverpool will face another testing afternoon – thank goodness for Luis Suarez!
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