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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 12, 2008

Campbell gets chance to impress against Reds

Tottenham Hotspur striker Fraizer Campbell is expected to get his chance to force his way into Harry Redknapp's plans when Liverpool arrive at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.

Spurs manager Redknapp will use the Carling Cup fourth-round clash as an opportunity to look at some of his fringe players, with Campbell currently behind Darren Bent and Roman Pavlyuchenko in the pecking order after his deadline-day loan from Manchester United.

"I'm going to make one or two changes," Redknapp said.

"One or two of the lads will get a chance because they are good players but it will still be a good team.

"I need to see the likes of Fraizer Campbell. I've seen nothing of him but he's looked terrific in training.

"When he came on the other night in the UEFA Cup game he was lively and a real prospect. Hull offered £7million to Manchester United so he's definitely not a bad player."

Benoit Assou-Ekotto is suspended and Ledley King will be rested, with Redknapp insisting he takes the defence of the trophy seriously despite being poised to make other unforced changes.

Spurs have four wins and a draw since Redknapp's arrival, and the new manager said: "We're in great form and want to keep that going."

Liverpool are also set to make changes, but Redknapp warned: "Whoever comes to play will be quality players - people like Sami Hyypia is not in the team and Jermaine Pennant isn't playing at the moment. It may be an opportunity for (Fernando) Torres to get a game."

Redknapp's magic touch was almost undermined by errors from goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes when Spurs won 2-1 with a last-minute goal when the two sides met in the league on November 1.

The manager has since spoken to Gomes about the selection process for claiming crosses and the Spurs boss has backed the Brazilian to fulfil his billing as one of the top goalkeepers in the world.

"He did all right against Manchester City [at the weekend]," said Redknapp.

"He has just got to settle in and understand what is required in England.

"When you talk to people about him, they talk highly of his qualities. Tony Adams did when he returned from Holland.

"Gomes took PSV to the semi-finals of the Champions League almost single-handedly, by all accounts.

"He was that good. It is a game of confidence and he has had one or two iffy days. Hopefully now his confidence will start to grow and we will see what he can do."

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