Livermore eyes big performance

Midfielder relishing Sunday's crunch tie at White Hart Lane

Jake Livermore: Would love to face the Cottagers on Sunday

Jake Livermore is confident of a 'big performance' as Spurs look to beat Fulham on Sunday as the race for UEFA Champions League qualification reaches its climax.

Fourth-placed Spurs currently sit just a point behind arch-rivals Arsenal in the battle to finish third and ensure a definite place in next year's elite European competition.

Livermore, 22, has broken into the first team this season and is desperate to be involved in Sunday's final-day fixture.

He told the club's official website: "The lads are confident and we're all looking forward to putting in a big performance.

"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."

Jake Livermore

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"These are the games all us Tottenham players want to be involved in, fighting for a place in the Champions League."

The Enfield-born combative midfielder has spent six loan spells away from White Hart Lane but has played in 23 league games this campaign and was quick to acknowledge boss Harry Redknapp's input.

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

Final crunch

"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 19th 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.

Who will miss out in the race for the top four?

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