Tottenham’s last team to beat Liverpool at Anfield as Van der Vaart and Modric shine

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Tottenham Hotspur head to Anfield this weekend as they travel to take on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool winning machine in a daunting task.

Tottenham are desperate for wins as they look to seal Champions League qualification.

Yet they now face a Liverpool team gunning for the Premier League title and showing no signs of slowing down.

Tottenham’s recent record against Liverpool hasn’t exactly been great either.

Tottenham have won just once in their last 20 games against Liverpool in all competitions and their last win at Anfield came in 2011.

Spurs won 2-0 on that day as Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric fired Tottenham to victory.

Who else was in that Tottenham team though and where are they now?

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GK – Carlo Cudicini

Cudicini may be best remembered for his time at Chelsea but he did also head across London to Tottenham in 2009.

The Italian only ever played 19 Premier League games for Tottenham and this was one of them, keeping a clean sheet against Luis Suarez, Andy Carroll and Dirk Kuyt.

Cudicini left Tottenham in December 2012 as the arrival of Hugo Lloris from Lyon signaled Tottenham’s shift in the goalkeeping pecking order.

RB – Younes Kaboul

First signed by Tottenham from Auxerre in 2007, Kaboul only played 21 league games for Spurs before being sold to Portsmouth.

Yet less than 18 months after being sold, Kaboul was back at Tottenham with Harry Redknapp luring him over from Pompey.

Kaboul is mostly remembered as a center back but turned out at right back against Liverpool in 2011.

Spells with Sunderland and Watford followed for Kaboul before he announced his retirement having been released by Watford in 2018.

CB – Ledley King

A Tottenham icon having spent his entire career with the club, King’s career was sadly marred by injuries.

Just how his career would have turned out without those injury blows is a thought that goes through the minds of Tottenham fans regularly.

King only managed six Premier League appearances in the 2010-11 campaign and he at least managed to help Tottenham keep a clean sheet.

King sadly retired just over a year later but is now back at Tottenham on the coaching staff.

CB – Michael Dawson

Dawson arrived in a double deal from Nottingham Forest back in 2005, arriving alongside teammate Andy Reid.

Dawson certainly proved to be the better signing of the two, racking up more than 300 appearances across all competitions.

One of the more underrated Premier League defenders in recent times, Dawson stayed at Tottenham until joining Hull City in 2014.

Now a pundit on Sky Sports, Dawson has remained in the football spotlight since retiring in 2021.

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LB – Danny Rose

Rose burst onto the scene with a stunning goal against Arsenal in April 2010, but this game against Liverpool in May 2011 was just his fourth Premier League appearance.

By the time Rose left Tottenham last summer, he had played more than 200 times for the club.

It’s sometimes easy to forget just how good Rose was under Mauricio Pochettino. Kyle Walker’s longevity has been hugely impressive but Rose was just as good on the left for Tottenham.

Rose played 82 minutes in this win at Anfield before being substituted for Sebastien Bassong on 82 minutes.

CM – Luka Modric

Modric was coming to the end of his third Tottenham season at this point, and it proved to be his penultimate season.

The Croatian’s quality as clear for all to see and Chelsea famously came calling for him just weeks after this win at Liverpool.

Modric, who scored the second goal at Anfield from the penalty spot, instead joined Real Madrid in 2012 and has been one of the top players in the world ever since.

A Ballon d’Or winner in 2018, Modric continues to excel at the age of 36.

CM – Sandro

Brazilian star Sandro was an exciting capture from Internacional in 2010 and looked poised first for a huge future after a strong season.

Just two weeks before this trip to Liverpool, Sandro had scored a stunning long-range goal away at Chelsea.

Yet come 2014, Sandro had slipped down Tottenham’s pecking order and hadn’t lived up to his early hype.

The midfielder, now 33, is now something of a nomad. Sandro left Tottenham for QPR in 2014 and has since turned out for West Brom, Antalyaspor, Benevento, Genoa, Udinese, Goias and Belenenses.

RM – Aaron Lennon

Much like Rose, Lennon joined Tottenham from Leeds United at a young age and similarly went on to rack up the appearances; more than 350 in Lennon’s case.

A speedy winger whose end product often let him down, Lennon was a regular nine straight seasons for Tottenham before heading to Everton in 2015.

Now back in the Premier League with Burnley after a shock spell in Turkey with Kayserispor, Lennon will be in contention to play against Tottenham next weekend.

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CAM: Rafael van der Vaart

Arguably the shining light of the 2010-11 Tottenham side, Van der Vaart famously joined on deadline day from Real Madrid.

This proved to be a masterstroke from Redknapp as Van der Vaart smashed 24 goals in two full seasons at Tottenham.

The Dutch playmaker also opened the scoring against Liverpool as his deflected strike on nine minutes looped into the net.

It all unraveled fairly quickly for Van der Vaart though as he was axed by Andre Villas-Boas in 2012.

Van der Vaart then turned out for Hamburg, Real Betis, Midtjylland and finally Esbjerg in Denmark, where is now an assistant coach at 39.

LM: Steven Pienaar

An absolute star with Everton, it looked like Pienaar would be a smart signing for Tottenham.

Yet this was one of just 10 Premier League appearances for Tottenham before he returned to Everton on loan just a year later.

A permanent deal was agreed in July 2012 and Pienaar’s greatly forgettable time with Spurs was over.

The South African’s time at Tottenham was a real shame as he just couldn’t recapture his Everton form.

ST: Peter Crouch

The beanpole spearhead of Tottenham’s attack, Crouch returned to face Liverpool as Redknapp’s center forward.

Crouch only scored four goals in 34 Premier League games for Tottenham in the 2010-11 season and he was actually offloaded to Stoke City just months later.

Crouch’s time at Tottenham didn’t quite go to plan but he will always be remembered for a crucial goal against Manchester City in 2010, sending Tottenham into the Champions League.

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