Livermore: Spurs team in confident mood

PA Sport

Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore claims he and his team-mates are confident they will beat Fulham on Sunday and give themselves the chance to finish third in the Barclays Premier League.

A win for Spurs at home to the Cottagers would mean Arsenal need all three points from their match at West Brom to stop Harry Redknapp's side sealing third spot.

Livermore told the club's official website: "The lads are confident and we're all looking forward to putting in a big performance. These are the games all us Tottenham players want to be involved in, fighting for a place in the Champions League."

The 22-year-old combative midfielder, who has played in 23 league games this campaign, is quick to acknowledge Redknapp's input.

"The manager has been great with me this season," he said.

"I've played in a lot of big games, both games against Manchester United, Newcastle, Liverpool and I've had a good season but this is the final crunch now and it would be great to be involved."

Spurs face a Fulham side who could finish seventh with a win, and Livermore suspects former Spurs boss Martin Jol will set up his side to frustrate the hosts.

"We know it will be a tough game. Martin Jol will have his team organised, so we'd love to get an early goal and build on that," Livermore said.

The fight between the north London rivals, as well as Newcastle, for a third-place finish has taken on extra significance as victory for Chelsea against Bayern Munich in the Champions League final on May 19 would mean the Blues earn a place in next season's competition.

The team in fourth place in the Premier League would enter the Europa League rather than the Champions League.

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