Liverpool Vs Tottenham: Preview, Team News, Lineups, And Prediction
Two high pressing teams with world-class attacking talent and high-tempo football, and with a place in the next year's Champions league at stakes, Sunday's game at the Anfield could turn out to be a Premier League classic.
Two of the Premier League’s ‘big six’ go up against each other this weekend when Liverpool host Tottenham in the Premier League.
Liverpool won 0-3 away at Huddersfield in their last league game. Jurgen Klopp’s side went into the game against the Terriers having lost the previous two games in all competitions, defeat in the league to Swansea and a loss against Alan Pardew’s side in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
The reds from the Merseyside took the lead in the game with a well-taken goal from Emre Can, who is rumored to leave the club in the summer. A goal each from Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in the second half sealed the win for Klopp’s men. This was Liverpool’s first win in any competition after beating Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City earlier this month.
Meanwhile, Spurs got a real boost in their charge for a top-four place, after beating Manchester United last Wednesday, in their last league game. Harry Kane and company completely outclassed United at Wembley in front of a record Premier League crowd.
The Londoners won the game 2-0 courtesy of an early strike from Cristian Eriksen and a Phil Jones own goal. Pochettino’s side cut the gap with the top four to two points with the win against Jose Mourinho’s side.
Liverpool climbed to third in the PL table after Chelsea slipped up at home against Bournemouth in the midweek.
The Merseyside club have managed 50 points in the league from 25 matches played so far, averaging precisely two points a game. They are ahead on better goal difference over Chelsea who have as many points.
Spurs are the first of the two North London clubs just below the top four in the Premier League table, with Arsenal sitting in the sixth place in the table.
Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs have managed 48 points in the league so far. The Lilywhites have not lost a game in the league after losing to leaders City in December.
The recent run of positive results has seen Spurs draw clear of local rivals Arsenal and pull closer to the top four. Pochettino’s side can climb above Liverpool in the league table with a win on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side have been impressive at home this season. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten in the last 14 games in the league at Anfield, having won eight and drawn six games in the process. Meanwhile, Spurs have had their shares of troubles on the road this season.
Spurs have lost four away games in the league already this season; they only lost four away games in the whole of the last season. However, Spurs have managed to pick seven points from a possible 9 in their last three away games, managing just one away point from a possible 15 before that.
The two leading goal scorers in the Premier League this season are up against each other on Sunday. Spurs’ talisman Harry Kane is leading the race for Golden Boot with 21 goals to his name, while Salah is not very far behind and has 19 goals in the league himself.
Harry Kane has directly contributed to six goals in the same number of Premier League appearances against Liverpool, including a brace and an assist in the reverse fixture at Wembley earlier this season.
Mohamed Salah is aiming to become the quickest Liverpool player to reach the 20 goal mark in a Premier League season. Fernando Torres and Daniel Sturridge both had previously reached 20 goals in a Premier League season in 27 appearances. Mohamed Salah has found the net 19 times in the league this season in 24 appearances.
Liverpool have lost just one of their last 23 home games in the Premier League against Spurs, having won 15 and drawn seven games in the process. Spurs have only lost more Premier League matches at Old Trafford (21) than they have at Anfield (16).
Ragnar Klavan is out with a muscle injury. The center-half is expected to be back next week. Long-term absentee Nathaniel Clyne has not featured this season. He is unlikely to play on Sunday.
Adam Lallana is carrying a muscle injury. He is doubtful to feature against Spurs.
Serge Aurier missed the game against Manchester United due to a calf injury. He remains a doubt for Sunday. Long-term absentee Toby Alderweireld is back in training. However, he is unlikely to play against Liverpool due to lack of match fitness.
New signing Lucas Moura could be making his debut for Spurs in this game.
Liverpool vs Tottenham Lineup (Predicted XI)
Defense: Gomez (RB), Van Dijk (RCB), Matip (LCB), Robertson (LB)
Midfield: Henderson (CM), Can (LCM), Oxlade-Chamberlain (RCM)
Attack: Mane (LW), Salah (RW), Firmino (ST)
Defense: Trippier (RB), Sanchez (RCB), Vertonghen (LCB), Davies (LB)
Midfield: Dier (CDM), Dembele (CDM), Son (RAM), Eriksen (CAM), Alli (LAM)
Liverpool vs Tottenham Prediction
In the previous 51 meetings between these two sides in the Premier League, Liverpool have won 23 times, and 16 of those wins have come at Anfield. Spurs ran out as 4-1 winners in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Liverpool have bounced back with a strong performance against Huddersfield after successive losses in the league and the cup. Meanwhile, Pochettino’s men seem determined to get into the top four in the Premier League table.
Two teams with similar footballing philosophies with the high pressing and high tempo football will be up against each other. Counter-attacking football and end to end action could be seen in abundance this Sunday.
Our prediction for this game is a 2-2 draw.