Brendan Rodgers wary of Spurs threat
Brendan Rodgers and Mauricio Pochettino on the sidelines in Liverpool's 3-0 White Hart Lane triumph earlier in the 2014-15 season.

Brendan Rodgers is well aware of the threat that Tuesday night's opponents Tottenham Hotspur possess, despite his Liverpool side's recent thrashings of the North London side.

Liverpool have scored 12 goals without reply in their last three encounters with Spurs, winning 3-0 earlier this season at White Hart Lane, but Mauricio Pochettino's side have discovered their form and have quickly becomed tipped to mount a serious tilt towards the top four.

Spurs overcame arch-rivals Arsenal on Saturday, as red-hot Harry Kane scored twice to take his tally for the season up to an incredible 22 goals in 34 games in all competitions, as the heat begins to turn up with just 14 Premier League games remaining of the season.

Rodgers, whose side have lost just two games in normal time in the last 20, insisted his side will have their work cut out if they are to beat Tottenham for a fifth consecutive meeting.

"It's one, because of the start we had to the season, it's put a little more importance on this game," Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference. 

Liverpool sit four points behind Spurs, who are only a point off of 4th in the Barclays' Premier League standings and the Northern Irishman was keen to stress the importance of winning Tuesday night's battle.

"We'll look to win it as it will just put us a point behind them and also keeps up the momentum. If we don't win the game, it just puts pressure on the other fixtures we'll have in the rest of the run," said Rodgers.

"It will be a great game with two teams in good form. They come back off a good result [winning the North London derby], and for us, the way we've been working has been a real highlight. 

"We played very well against them earlier on in this season and their philosophy is still the same; they want to press the game and dominate the ball, and for us it's similar so it will be a very fascinating game."

Rodgers has overseen four consecutive home-and-away league victory over Spurs, totalling an impressive aggregate scoring of 15-2 in Liverpool's favour, but said that previous encounters are unlikely to matter at Anfield this time around.

"Every game is different," he said. "Last season we went away and won at Tottenham [5-0], even though we arrived at White Hart Lane without a good record there. 

"We've now gone there again this season and been very convincing in our victory. It's been the same at home, but we know in the context, it will be a very tough game."

Rodgers noted that Harry Kane, who has been a revelation up-front for Spurs this season, will certainly pose a threat to his defence - despite the fact they kept four consecutive clean sheets in the Premier League after drawing 0-0 with Everton.

"He's shown all his life he's a finisher. He's got different types of finishes. When you play a high-pressure game, you need your striker to run and press - he leads the line very well in that aspect," explained Rodgers of the striker closing towards an England call-up.

"You have to pay attention to threats. He is good around the box and he's always looking to get a goal.

"But our focus will very much be on our own game and we've got a very talented group here who have been performing well and we just need to find that clinical edge at the top end of the field. 

"The balance defensively in the team has been great, and we've worked on that, now we just need to finish our chances."

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