Friday 15 December 2017

Spurs braced for Kop cacophony as Suarez returns

KEVIN BOND expects Liverpool fans to whip up a fervent atmosphere in Tottenham's game at Anfield tonight as the Reds welcome back Luis Suarez from his eight-match ban.

Liverpool's players, management and fans have stood firmly by Suarez (pictured right) throughout the affair, and Spurs assistant manager Bond expects the former Ajax man to be given a rapturous reception tonight.

"It will give them a lift having Suarez back," Bond said. "The crowd will be rooting for him hugely. The introduction of Suarez on a night match at Anfield will make Liverpool a real tough nut to crack.

"He's a fantastic player and has been a fantastic signing for Liverpool.

"Maybe a couple of results have gone against them in his absence but they've just had three big wins without him and now they've got him back as well."

Bond has been taking charge of training at Tottenham's Chigwell training ground for the last two weeks as manager Harry Redknapp has been busy contesting two counts of tax evasion, charges he denies.


The 64-year-old has taken training over the weekend, however, and was set to fly to Liverpool shortly after the trial's proceedings for the day ended.

Liverpool are in good form at the moment having knocked Manchester City out of the Carling Cup and disposed of bitter rivals United in the FA Cup.

Kenny Dalglish's men have also hauled themselves back into contention for a top-four place after wins against Wolves and Newcastle, but Tottenham will be buoyed by the fact that they left Anfield with a 2-0 win at the end of last term.

"It was a real big performance from us there last year," Bond said.

"I'm sure the lads will reflect on that and think if we go about our job in the same way we can go to Anfield and get a result again.

"We definitely need to get something there and last year's win will give us a bit of a lift."

Former Everton striker Louis Saha could make his Spurs debut tonight as Jermain Defoe (hamstring), Rafael van der Vaart (calf) and Emmanuel Adebayor (hamstring) are all struggling for fitness.

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