Tottenham defender Michael Dawson has said that the club are extremely wary of the threat posed by Liverpool as they go into the match hoping to maintain their top four ambitions prior to Christmas.
There is a lot of pressure on manager Andre Villas-Boas after the recent run of results, which included a 6-0 drubbing at the hands of title challengers Manchester City. Dawson has accepted that it has been a poor spell for the club, but he is confident that things will soon turn for the better.
Dawson came close to leaving the club last summer, but he has now regained his importance within the team as the club captain following the departure of William Gallas.
He has identified Luis Suarez as the major threat ahead of the match. The Uruguayan was subjected to much transfer rumours in the summer, but he has put behind all of them to focus on doing extremely well for the club. He is the top scorer in the Premier league and he is set to overtake the likes of Sergio Aguero and Daniel Sturridge with ease.
“He is so direct. He faces you up and he works to get his shots off. His control his excellent and he scores goals from anywhere. You have to watch him all the time. You dare not lose your concentration because you can get punished. He is certainly full of confidence. In many ways he is like Sergio Aguero at Manchester City. I have never been beaten that heavily before. The week after that was a long week,” said Dawson ahead of the Liverpool encounter.
Dawson has revealed that the 6-0 defeat against City was one of the worst defeats in his career. Prior to this match, Tottenham had one of the best defensive records in the league.