Blogs & Opinion


Jamie Redknapp:

Most Popular Posts:

Recent Comments:

Stuart Mcdermott on The thin blue line

"Jamie, superb article as always! I have to say that, as always, you're spot on. Arsenal have no momentum going into the last 5 games and i can't see them getting the results they ... " View all comments

Red better day

Jamie Redknapp - Jamie Redknapp Posted 10th March 2013 view comments

Liverpool may have beaten Tottenham on Super Sunday, but Jamie Redknapp feels Brendan Rodgers' side have a way to go before they'll start competing with them on a more consistent basis.

Goals from Luis Suarez, Stewart Downing and a Steven Gerrard penalty were enough to secure a 3-2 home win at Anfield, but Spurs dominated for long spells and enjoyed more possession, passes, shots and corners in the game.

Sky Sports pundit Redknapp was pleased to see Liverpool's home form improving, but felt they benefitted from some Tottenham errors - a miscued pass from Kyle Walker set up the second goal and Jermain Defoe's error led to Benoit Assou-Ekotto giving away a late penalty - and they still have work to do if they are to challenge for the top four next season.

"I still think they have a bit of a distance to go and that showed today," he said.

"Tottenham looked a little bit more powerful at times. At set pieces it looked like there was a little bit more physicality about their play.

"And they had more possession. We hear all about Liverpool's passing game, but they were outplayed at times by Tottenham today, who had more of the ball. It showed they still have a bit of a way to go.

"They've now won more games this season than last season at home and you have to start doing that.

"Anfield should be a fortress. I played here for many years and when you're at Anfield you feel like you've got 12 men with the crowd on your side, but it's something they've found difficult to deal with."

Showdown

The Super Sunday fixture was billed as a showdown between two of the players of the season, Luis Suarez and Gareth Bale, and while the former got on the scoresheet, the latter created both of Tottenham's goals.

But Redknapp was eager to praise Liverpool's team performance - both in the way the contained the threat of the Spurs winger and for giving their own star man the room to shine.

He said: "It helps when you've got players to take the load off Suarez and I think that's why he's finding a bit more space. Teams are not just having to worry about him and are having to worry about Sturridge and Coutinho.

"I was disappointed in Sturridge today, I don't think he did enough for me and Philippe Coutinho showed one or two glimpses of absolute brilliance, certainly for the first goal.

"I thought they did a good job on Bale, probably the best any team has done for a while, and Lucas and Gerrard rattled him at times.

"He still had an influence and made one of the goals with a brilliant cross and the other with a free-kick, but they did as well as anybody has done on Gareth Bale in the last four or five weeks."

The result brought Tottenham's 12-game unbeaten run to an end and with the side still involved in the Europa League Redknapp believes they face a tough task to hold on to a Champions League spot.

But he said they shouldn't be too disappointed with the defeat because they played well for long periods and were let down by mistakes.

He added: "Andre Villas-Boas didn't want to blame anybody, but they were poor individual errors; Defoe and Benoit Assou-Ekotto for the third goal and Kyle Walker for the second.

"On the way home on the coach he'll be thinking they were exceptional at times, but individual errors cost them.

"There are a lot of games and they haven't necessarily got the biggest squad in terms of depth up front and they need Emmanuel Adebayor back to take the weight off Defoe.

"The problem is the games are coming thick and fast whereas Arsenal are just playing Premier League because it looks like they are going to go out of the Champions League against Bayern Munich.

"It's opened up for Arsenal now and has given them a lifeline and they've got to try and win their games, but with the way they're playing at the moment it looks like they can't put a run together either."

back to top

Other Football Experts:

Latest Posts in Football:

Glenn Hoddle

Hoddle: Lessons not learnt

Glenn Hoddle says Manchester City are still struggling to adapt when they play in Europe following the draw with Roma....

Graeme Souness

Souness: Stevie still a star

Graeme Souness says Steven Gerrard would still get into the starting XI of any Premier League team....

Dwight Yorke

Yorke: Benteke's return huge

Dwight Yorke believes Christian Benteke's return will provide a huge boost for Aston Villa. ...

Latest News RSS feeds

Matic header edges Sporting

Nemanja Matic's header earned Chelsea three away points against Sporting Lisbon in UEFA Champions League Group G.

City pegged back by Totti

Manchester City endured yet another night of Champions League frustration as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Roma.

Souness: Stevie still a star

Graeme Souness says Steven Gerrard would still get into the starting XI of any Premier League team.

Wenger seeking anniversary win

Arsene Wenger will celebrate 18 years as Arsenal manager when his team take on Galatasaray in the Champions League.

Hoddle: Lessons not learnt

Glenn Hoddle says Manchester City are still struggling to adapt when they play in Europe following the draw with Roma.

Features

Manuel Pellegrini is still struggling to bring the best out of Manchester City after Champions League draw with Roma

Manuel Pellegrini is still struggling to bring the best out of Manchester City after Champions League draw with Roma

"I am absolutely sure that Manchester City will eventually win the Champions League," said Manuel Pellegrini before City's 1-1 draw with Roma. The key word being 'eventually'. On this evidence, City's date with destiny still lies far in the future.

Champions League: Andre Villas Boas has made a strong start to his time in charge of Zenit St Petersburg

Champions League: Andre Villas Boas has made a strong start to his time in charge of Zenit St Petersburg

“If we win all nine matches, Zenit will be champions.” The words of Andre Villas Boas upon being named Zenit St Petersburg manager in March seemed wildly optimistic given the circumstances.

Inter's 2010 Champions League side: Where are they now?

Inter's 2010 Champions League side: Where are they now?

Some have retired, others are back in South America. One has even found his way to the Indian Super League, while another has opted for the less exotic climes of Leicester. Here we remember Inter's Champions League winning squad from 2010...