Liverpool look for second win

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:37 IST

Finally back on track after a miserable start, Liverpool looks for its second win in four days on Saturday when it hosts Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.

Liverpool look for second win

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Finally back on track after a miserable start, Liverpool looks for its second win in four days on Saturday when it hosts Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield.The Reds ended a two-match losing streak with a 2-0 victory Wednesday at home over Newcastle and climbed into ninth place in the Premiership, six points behind Portsmouth. Dutch forward Dirk Kuyt scored his first goal with Liverpool, while Xabi Alonso secured the win with a 60-yard strike in the 79th minute that caught Magpies goalkeeper Steve Harper well off-line.The win restored some confidence to Liverpool coach Rafa Benitez, who hopes he does not have to juggle his attackers for the forseeable future."For me we created a lot of chances and it is good," Benitez said. "I'm not worried about our front players. We can use (Robbie) Fowler; we can use (Peter) Crouch. We know what they can do."Of greater concern to Benitez is Liverpool's defence which has little cohesion in the middle with goalkeeper Pepe Reina and defenders Jamie Carragher and Daniel Agger. Alonso and Steven Gerrard, though, have steadied the Reds with solid play in the midfield.The Spurs enter with just four points through their first five matches - their worst start since 1992 - and are struggling offensively. Tottenham is currently enduring a 343-minute scoreless drought, and both its goals came in a 2-0 victory August 22 against Sheffield.The Spurs are still trying to find a replacement for midfielder Michael Carrick, who signed with Manchester United for 18.2 million pounds during the transfer season. Jol has been using Didier Zakora and Jermaine Jenas to try and fill the void, which grew larger after Aaron Lennon underwent knee surgery earlier in the week.The Spurs also will be without Bulgarian striker Dimitar Berbatov, who will miss his fourth consecutive match with a groin injury. Ahmed Mido is expected to take his place in the starting lineup.Tottenham has won just five of 63 all-time Premier League matches at Anfield and lost there 1-0 last season. (AP)



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