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From an 11 point gap last season, Liverpool already hold a 12 point cushion this season, which is expected to rise this weekend, and there are still six games remaining after this weekend.

So what has actually happened to alter the status of both sides? Is it really just a case of Liverpool`s SAS strike partnership or perhaps a lack of European football? Surely not!

Last season Liverpool were looking to build something and at times struggled to find that system to shine and show consistency. Occasionally brilliant, but too often terrible. Spurs were also quite often terrible, but relied on the brilliance of Bale to win games and secure a record number of points. Were we a one man team, whilst Liverpool looked at the bigger picture?

This has got me thinking of one of my favourite questions I ask opposition supporters, and that is what would be your combined team, when looking at both squads. For Spurs and Liverpool, it paints a grim outlook for me.

If I compare several positions, Liverpool easily take the attacking places, not only with the two strikers, but perhaps in their support as well. Eriksen might be at least on a par with Sterling and Coutinho, but the gap is hardly wide, and we know there is pace and instant understanding with the Liverpool players.

In midfield, can Spurs beat a two of Gerrard and Henderson? Not for me. Perhaps we should talk up Nabil Bentaleb… In defence, I am guessing this is our best chance of nicking places. However the gap between picks in minor, either in overall quality or because current form dictates that Spurs players are under performing.

In goal, Lloris is superb, but is Simon Mignolet that far behind? Also is he a keeper to take less risks? I give the place to Hugo, but only just. At right back, I just go with Walker over Johnson, but is my heart ruling my head?

At centre back, I am going with Skrtel and Vertonghen, but that is based on Jan`s quality as opposed to his form this season. At left back, Is Danny Rose playing better than make shift LB Jon Flanagan, whilst if fit is Jose Enrique better that all of them. That is of course also stating that LB is considered a weak link at Anfield.

So with a heavy heart, I would go with a combined team of; Lloris - Walker, Skrtel, Vertonghen, Rose - Gerrard, Henderson, Paulinho - Eriksen - Suarez, Sturridge. In reality all the Spurs selections are so close to call, whilst the Liverpool ones are pretty much nailed on. I have selected Paulinho more out of potential to fit into a team and system as opposed to his disappointing displays this season, but also was there that much of a choice elsewhere?

When I look at my selection it slightly confuses me, as I have a 6-5 ratio in favour of Spurs, but is that more heart over head or does it actually back up the theory that we are playing well below our potential, whilst Liverpool just have two outstanding strikers to make the difference. Somehow, despite my rose tinted selection, it just doesn`t ring true to me...




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Date:Friday March 28 2014

Time: 10:55AM

 

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