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Carragher’s wrong, Liverpool are trailing Spurs

| 05.10.2015

Jamie Carragher warned Liverpool they were in danger of becoming Tottenham Hotspur if the club continued the way they were going.

However, looking at the Premier League in the last couple of years, the Reds would be lucky if they became Spurs.

The North London side have finished above the Anfield outfit in five of the last six seasons, with only the Luis Suarez-inspired second-place finish of the 2013/14 season seeing Liverpool ahead.

This is in stark contrast to the six seasons before this, when Tottenham never finished higher up and were constantly off the pace.

The change in fortunes over this time period shows Mauricio Pochettino’s side now have a larger Premier League standing than their Merseyside rivals.

Of course, Liverpool fans will argue that they are still ahead due to their teams superior head-to-head record.

The Reds have won all five of the last matches between the pair, scoring 18 goals and only conceding four over that period.

Yet, come the end of the season Spurs end up on top and surely that is a more lasting sign of progress.

Similarly, runs like this always have to come to an end and with Liverpool in the trouble they are in odds of 5/4 for a Tottenham win a week on Saturday look likely.

League finishes and club form aside, Spurs also look ahead in terms of youth recruitment.

During the Merseyside derby on Sunday, Liverpool failed to field any scousers with unused substitute Jordan Rossiter having an outside chance of making the first team.

On the other hand, youngsters are getting a good chance at White Hart Lane, with Harry Kane and Ryan Mason, when fit, guaranteed starters.

Both players are born and bred Londoners, joining the youth setup at a young age, highlighting an ability to produce quality local players. Something Liverpool currently lack.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.