Spurs are five points of the league leaders, have lost just four times all season, and have a +32 goal difference. We’ve lost nine times, sit ninth in the table, and have a mere +5 goal difference.
Despite that, our vice-captain James Milner says the only difference between the two sides is consistency (via official site).
“The biggest thing is consistency. We’ve shown that we can beat the best teams and the levels we can hit, but it’s about hitting those more consistently,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“That’s the difference between us and Spurs at this moment in time.
“But you’d be more worried if you couldn’t get up to those levels, whereas we’ve proved that – it’s about getting there time and time again and, when you’re on an off day, still managing to get that win.
“Speaking to the Spurs boys this week [on England duty], they know what a big game it is and how difficult it’ll be as well.
“Everyone’s seen how good we can be but they’re never fully sure if we’re going to turn in that performance level, and that’s frustrating for us because it’s something we can’t really explain.”
Despite the facts we quoted at the start, Milner is probably right. Resounding wins over Chelsea, City, and United in the Europa League prove that we are not far away from the best, and – the Southampton result aside – our performances have been of a much higher standard since late January.
Clearly, we’ll have a better understand of the gap between the two by Saturday night…
What do you think? Are we really that close to Spurs, or are they just an all-round better side at the moment? Who can we expect to be the better side in 12 months from now? Let us know in the comments.