Dawson ready for Torres test
Michael Dawson is determined to thwart Fernando Torres and help Spurs extend their run of clean sheets.
Last Updated: 07/01/10 5:06pm
Michael Dawson is determined to thwart Fernando Torres and help Tottenham extend their run of five consecutive clean sheets.
Spurs were not at their best defensively during the early part of the season but they found form over the Christmas period.
They have not conceded in their past four Premier League matches and also shut out Peterborough in the FA Cup last weekend.
An away game against Liverpool will provide a major test but centre-back Dawson is targeting three points to strengthen Tottenham's position in the race for fourth place.
"I was scoring goals a few weeks ago but I said clean sheets were the most important thing," said Dawson said.
"Since then we've kept five and that's fantastic from my point of view and the team's point of view.
"Hopefully we can keep this run going. We're four points clear of Liverpool at the moment and hopefully we'll make it seven by Sunday. We're striving for the top four, Liverpool as well.
"They had a great result at Aston Villa then drew with Reading, and it's always tough going to Anfield.
"The lads are full of confidence and playing well and hopefully we can take that into Sunday. Hopefully we'll get a nice win and go seven points clear of them."
Dawson is well aware of what Torres is capable of as the Spanish striker has scored three times against Spurs since arriving at Liverpool.
"Whenever I play against Torres he's a top class player, you saw that against Villa when he scored in the last minute," Dawson added.
"We'll have to be at our best on Sunday but let's hope we can make it six clean sheets in a row.
"When we beat them at the start of the season it was a fantastic performance by the lads and got us off to a great start to the campaign, so we believe we can do it at Anfield."
Niko Kranjcar has described the match as a 'six-pointer' but is confident Spurs can come out on top.
"I can't wait," he said. "It's a massive game, a showdown between two teams who want to push into the top four.
"We're in great form and the five straight clean sheets go to show how impressive we've been in recent weeks. Hopefully that will continue at Liverpool.
"They've also been in good form over the Christmas period, picking up some good results. But although Anfield is never an easy place to go, we feel we have the quality to go and give them a game.
"It's a six-pointer. If we win the game we'll get a nice lead in front of them but nothing will be decided this weekend, it will be decided over the next 18 games.
"We have to believe, give the maximum in every game and our next game is Liverpool away, so we really want to send out a message and keep proving that we can achieve that top-four spot."