News, views, and rumours relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.
Hugo Lloris could be set for an extended run in the first team after Andre Villas-Boas announced he was ready to hand the goalkeeper an extended run in the first team. He said: "We want to give them a run of continuity for them to feel stabilised. It's important for them and for the team too." It is widely speculate that Lloris is that man after starting the last three games against Arsenal, Lazio, and West Ham, particularly impressing in Rome, winning praise from competitor Brad Friedel.
Lloris has won particular praise from teammate Emmanuel Adebayor who has hailed him as one of the 'world's best'. Adebayor will miss the game tomorrow night at home to Liverpool because of suspension.
Liverpool will not risk midfielder Lucas in the match, which has come 'too early' for the Brazilian, but Tottenham's key man Sandro could make a return after being carried off late against West Ham, and the club website confirms he has been passed fit.
Scott Parker and Benoit Assou-Ekotto remain sidelined along with long-term absentee Younes Kaboul. Opponents Liverpool are keen on making a statement tomorrow, Brendan Rodgers said the side can finish in the Champions League. The Reds will have to do better than last season when Spurs defeated them 4-0 at White Hart Lane.
Ahead of the match, we have taken a look at five key battles between the personnel likely to be on show, looking at where the game will be won and lost.
Further intrigue between the two clubs comes with the news that Liverpool have hired Tottenham's Alex Inglethorpe to become reserve team manager, replacing Rodolfo Borrell who has been promoted to the head of academy coaching position.
Following on from last night's promise from Lazio president Claudio Lolito that the club's players would wear a special message for Spurs fans, he has revealed it is is a 'No racism' slogan. How Tottenham fans react to that given the supporters' chanting last week will be interesting, but at least the club is trying to send a key message out from the top down.
David Bentley has just two games before his loan spell with Russian side FC Rostov comes to an end. He has made seven appearances for the club, but has been 'hampered by injuries' of late which have stalled his progress. The on loan midfielder is now back in training with the team and hoping to make an impression in his final two games before his loan ends and he returns to Spurs.
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