Competition: Premier League – Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool
Venue: White Hart Lane – Saturday, October 17 – 12:45 BST (07:45 ET)
Match Odds: Tottenham 6/4 – Draw 12/5 – Liverpool 7/4
Tottenham host Liverpool on Saturday lunchtime as the Premier League returns from the international break in style. Jurgen Klopp will lead the Reds out in his first game in charge and all eyes will be on White Hart Lane for what should be a great spectacle.
Spurs are currently unbeaten in their last seven league games, the longest unbeaten streak in the Premier League. They drew 2-2 at Swansea last time out but will be looking to repeat the performance that saw them beat Manchester City 4-1 at home three weeks ago.
Pochettino has ensured the Spurs defence are tougher to break down than they were last year and they will look to end a worrying recent trend of being outgunned by Liverpool, particularly at home. The Reds have scored eight goals in their last two trips to Spurs without conceding.
Klopp will hope to keep that run going when he watches his new team play for the first time. Brendan Rodgers was sacked following the 1-1 draw with rivals Everton two weeks ago, with Liverpool sitting in 10th place going into this one.
They have only won three times so far this term and will be looking for their first away win since the opening weekend in North London here.
A win for either side will fill them with confidence as both are expected to be battling for the Champions League places come the end of the season.
Tottenham have still got several injury worries in midfield. Ryan Mason and Nabil Bentaleb are both ruled out, while Eric Dier is suspended. Alex Pritchard and Heung-Min Son are also ruled out as Mauricio Pochettino will look to Moussa Dembele to partner Dele Alli in midfield.
All eyes will be on Jurgen Klopp’s first team selection as Liverpool manager but his options are limited for his first ever Premier League outing. Jon Flanagan, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez and Danny Ings are all ruled out through injury. Gomez and Ings are out for the season with ACL injuries, while Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren are doubts.
Tottenham’s last five: D/W/W/W/D
Liverpool’s last five: L/L/D/W/D
Key Stat: Liverpool have won their last five matches against Spurs in all competitions, scoring 18 times in the process.
Key Player: Christian Eriksen – The Danish playmaker scored two free-kicks in Tottenham’s 2-2 draw at Swansea last time out and will look to shine once more in what is a big game for both sides.
Spurs 2-2 Liverpool – Tough game to call here. Spurs boast the better form and their 4-1 win over City proved they can be a match for anyone when on song. But the arrival of Klopp to Anfield should rejuvenate the Liverpool team and they will be keen to impress in his first game in charge. Goals are expected but we’re going for a score draw.