How Liverpool played a part in Tottenham losing Gareth Bale

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The Reds’ 3-2 win over Spurs in March 2013 eventually cost the Londoners a place in the top four, before the Welshman departed.

Tottenham host Liverpool today at White Hart Lane and will be keen to end a dreadful run of defeats against the Merseyside outfit.

The Reds have won the last five meetings between the sides, scoring 18 goals in the process and conceding only four in reply.

The first victory of this forgettable run for Spurs came back in March 2013, where the Anfield outfit won 3-2 at home against Andre Villas-Boas’ team.

The game could have been so different, with the Londoners 2-1 in the ascendancy on the hour mark and pushing towards an invaluable three points in their quest for a top-four place.

However, some poor defending from the visitors allowed goals from Stewart Downing and Steven Gerrard to give the hosts a 3-2 win.

By the end of the season, Tottenham finished fifth, missing out on Champions League qualification agonisingly by a point, with rivals Arsenal pipping them to fourth place.

That summer, Gareth Bale was sold to Real Madrid for a world-record fee, with a lack of participation in Europe’s major club tournament a key reason the Welshman opted to leave White Hart Lane.

Had Spurs beaten Liverpool at Anfield back in March and subsequently qualified for the Champions League, it would have moulded the club’s following season and may even have played a role in helping the North London club in their attempts to hold onto Bale.

Ahead of today’s clash at White Hart Lane, the arrival of Jurgen Klopp has dominated the headlines, but for the hosts revenge will be on the cards after an awful run of form against the Merseyside club in recent years that has cost Spurs dearly.

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