Kranjcar hails Spurs squad
Niko Kranjcar feels Tottenham are capable of finishing fourth as they are stronger than Liverpool.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 10/01/10 1:13pm
Niko Kranjcar firmly believes that Tottenham are capable of finishing in the top four as he feels they have a better squad than Liverpool.
Spurs currently occupy fourth spot, but with Manchester City and Aston Villa also looking to take advantage of Liverpool's inconsistent form this term the Croatia international knows there is still plenty to play for.
The 25-year-old has impressed many at White Hart Lane since his cut-price £2.5million move form Portsmouth in September and the midfielder feels Harry Redknapp's side have the squad to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.
The North Londoners have coped well without a number of key personnel this term with captain Ledley King, Jonathan Woodgate and Luka Modric all spending time on the sidelines, highlighting their strength in depth.
"We might have the best squad in the league," Kranjcar said. "Certainly we have a better squad than Liverpool.
"If you look through the 20 or so first-team squad players we currently have, we are very strong.
"I felt that when I came here and I stand by that."
Such lofty assumptions would have been put to the test this weekend with Spurs due to travel to Anfield but with the weather forcing the match to be postponed fans will have to wait for what will surely be a crunch clash.
Despite some stating that Spurs are capable of challenging for the league crown this term, Kranjcar admits the squad still have some way to go before they can be considered serious title challengers.
"It's hard for us to talk about winning the league," he added.
"Maybe it's a bit too bold for me to say we are the best squad in the league. But I really do believe in the quality we have here right through the squad.
"Just now our aim is to achieve the top four and qualify for the Champions League. That in itself would be a magnificent achievement.
"We played well against both Arsenal and Chelsea away but still lost. The experience of how to come through and win those games is lacking at the moment.
"But eventually over the coming seasons to make the top has to be the aim. No one here is hiding away from that task and responsibility. We really should be in that top four."
With Modric now back from injury many believe Kranjcar, despite his good form, will be the man to make way but the former Dynamo Zagreb youngster insists the two can play together.
"Now that Luka is fit I know the debate is whether we can play in the same side," he stated.
"For me it is a conversation that doesn't need to happen because we have played more than 20 games together for the national side.
"We are similar in style but not the same."
As well as a top four finish Kranjcar is keen to get his hands on some silverware this campaign and with Manchester United crashing out of the FA Cup last weekend the Croatian feels winning the famous trophy is a real possibility.
"We have our league targets, but yes, winning the FA Cup this season is a big aim. It has to be this season," he said.
"And looking ahead, with the players we have got, with the money we have got, the projects of the new stadium and new training ground, we now can become a really big club."