The reason why Liverpool are in title race but Tottenham are not

Gareth Bale

Brendan Rodgers has stated that the North Londoners should have been in the title reckoning this term – but he has forgotten one key fact.

Liverpool are within touching distance of a memorable Premier League title success, with three games left to play to confirm the Anfield side as the champions.

Brendan Rodgers has been speaking out about the season and commended the club for being in the hunt given their lack of expenditure compared to other sides.

The Northern Irishman also claimed that Tottenham should have been in with a shout of finishing first this term after their summer splurging.

“I think the pressure is if you are Manchester City or Chelsea and you spend that money – you expect to win the league,” he told reporters at his press conference yesterday, quoted by ESPN.

"That's probably pressure. I don't think there's pressure on us, other than what we have from within.

"Look at Tottenham. If you spend more than £100 million, you expect to be challenging for the league.

"We will do the best we can. We've been absolutely outstanding. We've a real confidence and belief in how we're playing and working, and we'll just continue with that.”

However, there is one key difference between Liverpool and Tottenham that has the Reds challenging for top spot and Spurs outside the top four – Tottenham sold their best player.

Last summer both sides were struggling to hold onto Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale – one stayed and one left and the consequences can be seen this season.

Although Tottenham may well have spent a lot of money this summer, they also sold the world’s most expensive player and a star that would have seen them a much better side had he stayed.

Had Suarez’s desire to leave Merseyside been granted and the Reds opted to spend a similar amount of money that Spurs splurged after selling Bale, there is no guarantee that Liverpool would be in the top four this season.

The fact that the Merseysiders persuaded Suarez to stay and stood firm in the face of uncertainty is a key reason for their excellent season – and the club should be commended for it.

Spurs’ investment may still come to fruition, with a number of foreign imports showing promise but still settling into life in England. However, selling someone of Bale’s calibre is a bitter pill to swallow and takes time to recover from.

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