Van der Vaart feels the on-loan Manchester City striker can fire them back into the Champions League.
He said: "A great win building confidence for the rest of the season. And with Adebayor Spurs have only improved more!
"Of course everybody will state that we ended up playing against nine but still, I think we played a tremendous game against Liverpool. From the start we dominated the game.
"My return on the pitch couldn't be better, I had a great time! The team were like clockwork, a delight to be a part of especially when you're returning to the game from an injury."