Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen says he expected Tuesday’s opponents Tottenham Hotspur to be among the contenders for a top four spot, the Daily Mail reports.
In spite of a rather inconsistent start to the season from both teams, many observers now feel that the Reds and Spurs are among three other clubs vying for one of the final two spots in the top four.
The duo clash in a highly anticipated encounter in midweek, and Reds midfielder Allen feels they will need to be at the top of their game in order to see off Mauricio Pochettino’s men.
“We will give everything to get in that top four,” said the Wales midfielder in the Daily Mail. “We have ground to make up and we have work to do but it starts in our next game against Spurs.
“They have picked up some points recently and had a great win against Arsenal so we will need to make sure we give everything and be on top of our game and hopefully get those three points.
“I think at the start of the season they are a team you expect to be there or thereabouts and it makes for an exciting game.”
The Merseysiders’ record against Spurs in recent years bodes well for the Anfield outfit though it perhaps doesn’t reflect how even the clubs are at this stage.
Brendan Rodgers’ men have won their last four Premier League fixtures against the North Londoners, with the previous three coming by way of a respective 5-0, 4-0 and 3-0 scoreline.
However, Welsh star Joe Allen’s comments suggest that the Reds know of the difficulties which Spurs will offer and not to allow for any complacency to set in.
The White Hart Lane outfit go in to the match on a run of three straight league victories, whereas last season’s runners-up are currently on the longest unbeaten run with eight league games without defeat.