By Danny Wright
Jamie Redknapp has claimed that Tottenham will become genuine Premier League contenders if they manage to beat Liverpool at Wembley on Sunday.
Spurs are currently third in the standings behind the two Manchester clubs, who look to have already moved away from the chasing back in the hunt for the league crown.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side’s form at Wembley has constantly been questioned by fans and pundits, but Redknapp, who played for both Tottenham and Liverpool in his playing days, believes that three points this weekend can put the Londoners well in contention for their maiden Premier League title.
“These are two fairly evenly matched teams but if Tottenham can get the win, that will give them a real confidence boost – and belief they can do it at Wembley. They lost to Chelsea there earlier this season – it was a travesty, they should have won – and they’re still looking for that ‘blue-chip’ win over one of the big boys at their temporary home,” he said on the Sky Sports website.
“And if they can pull that off, we can start talking about Tottenham as genuine title contenders.
“Everyone is already talking about Manchester City as though we should give them the trophy already – but the Premier League doesn’t work like that. A team which starts well doesn’t always go on and keep it up. City have started well in many seasons recently and not always converted it. There’s a long way to go.”
Tottenham might not want to read into their recent history against the Reds before this weekend’s clash, having not beat them in their last 10 meetings, losing on seven of those occasions.
Jurgen Klopp’s side will also be high on confidence after hammering Maribor 7-0 in the Champions League in midweek, however Spurs also had a positive result of their own when they drew 1-1 with Real Madrid at the Bernabeu.
Pochettino’s side can move level on points with second placed Manchester United this weekend if results go their way, however the Red Devils have a vastly superior goal difference meaning that they aren’t likely to move close to the top of the standings.
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