Match Preview: Tottenham vs. Liverpool

Calum Anderson

First place Liverpool take on sixth place Spurs in what is the first meeting between the two sides at the impressive Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

In turn, this is eleventh meeting between Jose Mourinho and Jurgen Klopp. The latter has won four of the previous ten meetings, whereas the self-proclaimed ‘special one’ has won just two.

Liverpool’s last trip to London to face Spurs ended in a 2-1 victory, igniting last season’s title charge and maintaining a winning start. This time round the Reds are on the cusp of history. If Liverpool were to come away with all three points, it would be the best ever start to a league season by any side in European history.

Team news

The big injury news is Tottenham’s main man Harry Kane is out having ruptured a tendon in his hamstring during the New Year’s Day defeat away to Southampton.

Spurs are also likely to be without Hugo Lloris, Tanguy Ndombele, Harry Winks and Moussa Sissoko.

Liverpool are hopeful Xherdan Shaqiri and Joel Matip will make the matchday squad after both men returned to training this week. New boy Takumi Minamino, of course, will be desperate for minutes (and a Premier League debut) after his taster against Everton in the FA Cup.

Nathaniel Clyne remains on the side lines, whilst Naby Keita (groin) and James Milner (hamstring) are both out with muscle issues.

The form guide

Inconsistency is the buzzword for Spurs. The Londoners have won just three of their last six league games, two of which were defeats including a 2-0 home loss to Chelsea.

The Reds, on the other hand, are in imperious form. Klopp’s men boast a record of nineteen wins and one draw (courtesy of Mourinho’s former side Manchester Utd) after twenty league games.

Since Liverpool’s infamous 4-1 capitulation at Wembley in 2017, the Reds have won four of the last five meetings between the two sides which includes last year’s Champions League final triumph.

Predicted Line-up

(4-3-3) Alisson; Trent A-A, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain; Mane, Salah, Firmino.

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