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Liverpool can defeat third-placed Tottenham, says Jamie Redknapp
Jamie says Luis Suarez has out-performed Gareth Bale this season and will come out on top on Sunday too.
Last Updated: 08/03/13 8:57pm
Luis Suarez, who has been Liverpool's talisman throughout this campaign, and Tottenham's Gareth Bale, who is on an incredible run, will go head-to-head live on Sky Sports and it should be fantastic to see the pair of them on the same pitch, with their two in-form sides battling it out.
In the past ten games Wales international Bale has been making all the headlines. He's scored 11 in his last nine for club and country, including winners against West Ham, Lyon, Newcastle and West Brom, plus a last gasp equaliser at Norwich.
After their win in the North London derby last weekend Tottenham have strengthened their hold on third, but there's no doubt they owe a lot to Bale for their league position.
Meanwhile, Suarez has continued to perform at a high level all season and has bagged 21 goals - including a hat-trick last weekend - which makes him the top scorer in the league. For his consistency he just edges the contest against Bale, for me. Remember, Bale had only netted six times at Christmas, before he went on this superb run of form.
Whilst Liverpool have been relying on Suarez for most of this term, January signings Daniel Sturridge and Philippe Coutinho have lightened the load on the Uruguayan in recent weeks.
Brazilian Coutinho has hit the ground running, which is a real bonus as usually players from South America need a little more time to settle.
He looks like a fantastic dribbler who can run at people and make things happen and in the last few years Liverpool have not had enough players like him. Steve McManaman was the last player who really got the Liverpool fans out of their seats with the way he took on his marker.
So Coutinho will be a real asset for Brendan Rodgers and the 20-year-old, combined with the pace and threat of Suarez and Sturridge, will worry any team - and that trio can certainly cause Tottenham problems on Sunday.
But this will be a good test for Liverpool. We've seen them score nine without reply in their last two games but that was against Wigan and Swansea, who were preparing for their Capital One Cup final.
Now is their chance to show they can not only demolish sides in the bottom half of the table, such as Wigan, but also do it against the sides pushing for the Champions League places.
As well as home advantage, Liverpool should also be fresher come kick-off. Tottenham hosted Inter Milan in the Europa League on Thursday night while the Reds have been able to have a solid week of training, focussing on this game.
Tottenham are of course well-suited to playing fast, counter-attacking football away from home with the likes of Bale and Aaron Lennon in their side and fit-again Jermain Defoe will always cause defenders problems.
But Spurs, despite getting some magnificent results, have not been playing great football recently. They've been playing well, but not at the very top of their game. And that's why I've got a feeling Liverpool will win this one.
Unless there's a massive capitulation by the likes of Tottenham, Chelsea or Arsenal this season, it's going to be tough for Liverpool to overturn their 10 point gap to fourth with ten to play. But they can at least show they are able to live with the league's best sides on Sunday.
And I reckon they'll do just that, win 2-1 and lay down a marker for what they can achieve next season.