Spurs a model for Rodgers

LIVERPOOL manager Brendan Rodgers has identified Tottenham Hotspur’s progression into a top-four side as a blueprint for what his team can achieve, as the two sides prepare to meet tonight at White Hart Lane.

The Reds boss acknowledged that emulating Spurs’s gradual growth into contenders for Champions League football was the most realistic route for his team.

“Tottenham have been building the group steadily and have worked their way up the league to become challengers for those Champions League positions,” said Rodgers. “We are trying to arrive in that position.”

Spurs midfielder Mousa Dembele is in contention to make his first league start in over a month while Sandro is also fit, despite being stretchered off at the weekend.