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Jamie Redknapp: Luis Suarez can fire Liverpool to top-four finish
The title may be out of reach but Luis Suarez can fire Liverpool into the top four, says Jamie Redknapp.
Last Updated: 16/12/13 6:02pm
The Reds have improved this season and started the campaign really well, however, they shouldn't get ideas of grandeur.
You can't just switch from a team finishing seventh to being champions - it's a longer process than that and the fact is that in the past 10 seasons Liverpool have finished, on average, 22 points behind the Premier League winners.
However, we will see how well equipped they are to re-establish themselves in the top four when they travel to White Hart Lane on Sunday.
When Brendan Rodgers' side lost to Hull City at the start of December it threw the balls up in the air and we asked 'are Liverpool really progressing?'
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But they've followed that defeat up with two comprehensive home wins over Norwich and West Ham which, despite both those teams being in the bottom five at the time, suggests the Hull result was merely a blip.
This contest, though, will be a great chance for everyone to see just where they stand in relation to their rivals for the Champions League places.
One thing that's certainly been in Liverpool's favour this season has been the lack of European football - finishing outside the qualifying spots last term has been a blessing.
While Spurs have benefited from using the Europa League to give squad players game time, the traveling can be mentally and physically draining and Liverpool have had the luxury of being able to focus solely on their weekly Premier League game.
Of course, another key to Liverpool's start has been the form of Luis Suarez. The Uruguay striker has 15 league goals to his name already this season and his appetite to play and win games is incredible.
I saw Jamie Carragher said he could be the most talented player Liverpool have ever had, the other day but, personally, I think it's very hard to compare players from different eras.
Liverpool have been blessed in the forward department over the years, too.
From Kevin Keegan and Ian Rush to Robbie Fowler, Michael Owen and Fernando Torres there have been a number of top class strikers at Anfield - and we shouldn't forget Kenny Dalglish won European Cups, was an outstanding player and pretty much gave his life to Liverpool.
But what isn't in doubt is the fact Suarez can do special things with a football. He has genius feet and few players get people off their seats like he does.
There's no reason why he can't shoot Liverpool into the top four if he can maintain his current form.
However, Liverpool are without a couple of their other key players this weekend, with Steven Gerrard joining Daniel Sturridge in the treatment room with a hamstring injury.
Without Gerrard, Lucas and Jordan Henderson will have it all on against Tottenham's midfield trio of Moussa Dembele, Sandro and Paulinho - and, if Spurs do get the upper hand in the centre of the pitch, I think they will come out on top.
Jamie's tipping Tottenham to beat Liverpool 2-1 - 8/1 with Sky Bet
I'm not blown away by Tottenham at the moment but in their 2-1 win over Sunderland there were some promising signs; they created some chances and looked like they wanted to attack.
It's been a bit sterile from Spurs this season but they've won their last five games against Liverpool at White Hart Lane - four of have been by 2-1 - and I'm going for them to repeat that scoreline again on Sunday.
There have been some good games between these sides in recent years, though, and this should be another good one - which will also tell us a lot about each side's chances this season.