Tottenham defender’s relishing fight for third after victory over Liverpool

12:30 29 November 2012

Jan Vertonghen. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

Jan Vertonghen. Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA

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Jan Vertonghen is hoping he can help Tottenham to their highest ever Premier League finish in his first season at the club after last night’s victory over Liverpool.

Spurs’ 2-1 triumph at White Hart Lane was combined with beneficial results elsewhere, as all four of the teams who were immediately ahead of them before kick-off dropped points.

Everton and Arsenal drew 1-1 on Merseyside, while Chelsea were held to a goalless draw by Fulham at Stamford Bridge, and West Brom lost 3-1 at Swansea.

That meant Spurs leapfrogged Arsenal and Everton into fifth place – and they now lie just three points behind third-placed Chelsea and fourth-placed Albion.

“The fixtures went well for us, there were a lot of draws, and we’re moving up again,” said Vertonghen. “I think Manchester City and Man United will compete for the championship and the rest of the teams will compete for the third and fourth place, and I hope we can be there.”

Next up for Spurs is a trip to Fulham and a reunion with their former manager Martin Jol – a man Vertonghen also knows well after their time together at Ajax.

“He is a good motivator,” said the defender. “He can always motivate teams for the biggest games, and even the smaller ones. I liked working with him and he gave me a lot of confidence. We’ve had two good wins but Fulham are a well-organised team.”

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