Was Jan Vertonghen right about Liverpool all along?

Jan Vertonghen

The Belgian last season claimed that Luis Suarez was the only difference between the Reds and Tottenham Hotspur.

Ahead of their Premier League clash with league-leaders Chelsea this weekend, Liverpool are seventh in the league table, just a place above Tottenham and with a goal difference just one mark better off than the north London side.

That is in stark contrast to last season's form, when Spurs toiled under Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood - and the Reds flourished with a certain Luis Suarez.

Back then, Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen claimed that Suarez was the only difference between the two sides.

And, at the time, it made sense to argue against the Belgian defender. Such was Liverpool's supreme form - especially at a time when the title was still very much a possibility, even looking like a certainty at points.

Fast forward several months, however, and both Liverpool and Spurs share the same amount of points after a mediocre start to the league season. On Saturday, meanwhile, Chelsea come to Anfield, while Tottenham host Stoke on Sunday.

Both sides have struggled recently and, in many people's eyes, the Reds have now 'done a Spurs' after arguably spending the money they received from selling Suarez to Barcelona this summer rather unwisely, like Tottenham are viewed to have done after having to sell Gareth Bale to Real Madrid.

The bulk of Liverpool's signings may, of course, still come good. But, as Tottenham fans will tell you, it may take a long wait to find out...

Brendan Rodgers' side may be able to argue that, with Daniel Sturridge, they are the better team - which a 3-0 win at White Hart Lane earlier this season seems to provide evidence for. Without the Uruguayan, however, the playing field looks a lot more even. 

And, even if he has his own struggles to keep an eye on, Vertonghen may be feeling somewhat vindicated about his comments this time around.

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