Liverpool FC strikers key to capital mission, says Roy Hodgson

26 November 2010 08:00
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ROY HODGSON believes Fernando Torres and David Ngog hold the key to Liverpool's hopes of victory at in-form Tottenham on Sunday.

The Anfield boss was impressed with his strikers in the 3-0 win over West Ham last weekend and is considering retaining French rookie Ngog to play alongside Torres in the capital.

Hodgson is wary of Spurs who followed up their stunning fightback at Arsenal with a 3-0 victory over Werder Bremen in the Champions League in midweek.

But the manager insists if the Reds match the standards set in the first half against the Hammers they will have nothing to fear.

'We've had a very good run now and one defeat in eight is a good run at any stage of the season,' Hodgson said.

'We have to be happy with that but we are not stupid. We know that if you go to Tottenham it could be two defeats in nine but if we play like we did against West Ham we can make sure Tottenham don't have a cake-walk.

'And if we can keep Fernando Torres and David Ngog firing we may spring a surprise.

'Wins are hard to come by against the top teams and we have got to admit that Tottenham are no longer the Tottenham of old.

'They are a top team and have recently beaten the European champions in the Champions League. It is an expensively assembled team and we are not playing against mugs anymore.'

The Reds have won just twice away in the league in 2010 with their only victories coming at Bolton and Burnley.

However, Hodgson insists mental strength isn't a concern away from the comforts of Anfield.

Source: Liverpool_Echo