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'Only three Liverpool players would make Spurs side'

Danny Murphy believes Tottenham have overtaken the Reds in the pecking order of English football.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho.
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ONLY THREE LIVERPOOL players are good enough to start for Tottenham, according Danny Murphy.

The former Liverpool midfielder, who also had a spell with Tottenham, believes Spurs are clearly ahead of the Reds in the pecking order of England’s top tier, something he cannot remember being the case before.

“Liverpool, they need a turnaround of players and the reason I say this is somebody asked me how many Liverpool players would get into Tottenham’s first XI,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

Here’s my quick answer to that – two, three maximum. And I can’t think of a year in my lifetime where I think that could have been said. And that’s a big turnaround.

Murphy believes only Philippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Nathaniel Clyne are better in their positions than what Mauricio Pochettino has at his disposal.

“I personally would have Henderson instead of [Eric] Dier, only just. I know Dier’s been brilliant,” he said.

“The only problem with Henderson is Dier’s a sitting midfielder, Henderson likes to get forward. What you could do is put Henderson and Dele Alli ahead of [Moussa] Dembele and play Dembele in the holding role. I couldn’t leave Dembele or Alli out.

“Coutinho definitely and finally – it wouldn’t bother me not putting him in in terms of [Kyle] Walker’s ability – would be Clyne. He probably just edges Walker but both are superb right-backs.”

Both sides have their sights set on Champions League football for next season with Spurs currently sitting prettier in fourth, five points and three places clear of Jurgen Klopp’s charges.

Liverpool travel to West Ham in tomorrow’s early kick-off (12.45pm) while Spurs visit Everton on Sunday (4pm).

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