Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Tottenham

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 12:45

Barclays Prem

Vertonghen hails Suarez factor

Jan Vertonghen says former team-mate Luis Suarez is the only reason Tottenham trail Liverpool by nine points.

Last Updated: 30/03/14 at 15:11 Post Comment

Jan Vertonghen: Tottenham defender hasn't given up on a fourth-place finish

Jan Vertonghen: Tottenham defender hasn't given up on a fourth-place finish

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Spurs travel to Anfield next Sunday to face a Reds side pushing for a seventh straight Premier League win.

The two sides looked to be in a straight shootout for fourth spot a few months ago but they have since experienced contrasting fortunes.

However, Tottenham defender Vertonghen believes he knows exactly what the difference between the sides has been.

"Suarez," he said. "Suarez is the reason for that.

"At the moment he is up there as one of the best strikers in the world. I think he is the difference between the teams.

"(Daniel) Sturridge obviously is doing well and those two are very hard to stop."

Vertonghen played alongside Suarez for several years at Ajax, winning the Dutch Cup together in 2010 and the Eredivisie crown the following year.

The Uruguay international moved to Anfield in 2011 and, after staying at the club following a summer of speculation, has netted 28 goals this term, helping to make Liverpool the most potent side in the Premier League.

"They are one of the best teams in the league and they show it every week," said Vertonghen.

"It is going to be very hard, especially at Anfield, and I hope we can play as we did last season because we did very well, not the result but the performance."

Spurs ended a four-game winless streak with a 3-2 comeback win over Southampton on Sunday and Vertonghen is not ruling out a late charge for fourth spot.

"We will try as many points as possible and, in the end, we will see what we get," he added.

"We will not give up until it is mathematically over. We will try to get as far as possible. With the mentality in the team, there is nothing wrong."

Watch Liverpool v Tottenham live on Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 3D on Sunday from 3.30pm

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

t's wrong to be making a joke out of Bender's name at the expense of gay people. It's the kind of childish, uncivilised thing that Football365 would deride and ridicule if it was another media outlet saying. Why is there a need for jokes like this? Does it make your writers feel like men? F365 might suggest that I 'lighten up', but it is genuinely traumatic for people who have been oppressed all their lives to be the butt of jokes, and to be told...

anamsport
The Beeriod Gossip

Y

ou can't blame De Gea for wanting to leave, he has enough to do in front of goal as it is as well as taking on the role of Man Utd's version of Derek Acorah in trying to contact and organise a defence that isn't there.

rodger's gusset
Van Gaal downbeat on De Gea

I

f you want to take six points off Arsenal, then that's a great strike force. Can't imagine either of them showing much for the rest of the season though...

foot in mouth
Adebayor & Berbatov: You Have To Admire The Balls

Footer 365

Arsenal 1 Chelsea 0: Gunners win Community Shield

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scored as Arsenal won the Community Shield with a 1-0 victory over Chelsea, with Arsene Wenger finally beating Jose Mourinho.

Angel Di Maria poised for medical ahead of move to PSG

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria is expected to undergo a medical in the next 24 hours ahead of a move to PSG.

Mourinho plans to manage into his 70s

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho believes he is a better manager than he was 10 years ago - and he wants to continue until he's in his 70s.

Mail Box

Neville Has It Wrong On Chelsea...

One Mailboxer says that the Neviller has it slightly wrong on Chelsea. Plus thoughts on sexy Saints, pre-season reviews, Connor Wickham and televised analysis...

De Gea Disrespectful? Remember RVP...

We got dozens of mails from people pointing and laughing at Brian D for suggesting David de Gea has acted disrespectfully; we printed some. And there's more...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company