Competition: Premier League – Liverpool vs. Spurs
Venue: Anfield – Saturday, February 11 – 17:30 GMT (12:30 ET)
Match Odds: Liverpool 5/4 – Draw 23/10 – Spurs 5/2
Liverpool host Spurs in this weekend’s standout Premier League fixture at Anfield on Saturday evening as the race for the top four is set to take another important twist.
The Reds have had an awful start to 2017, winning just one of their 10 fixtures in all competitions – and that came at League Two side Plymouth.
Jurgen Klopp is under pressure to get his side firing on all cylinders again, and the visit of Spurs offers the perfect opportunity to pump some belief back into the home supporters.Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool tend to perform well against the league’s biggest sides, but Spurs offer a similar style and that should lead to a really entertaining clash.
Spurs know that a win here would put them in a really strong position ahead of a two-week break from league football. Mauricio Pochettino’s side can move six points behind Chelsea with a win, who don’t play until Sunday afternoon.
Tottenham haven’t lost a league game in nine, winning seven of those, and have the league’s best defence ahead of Saturday’s game.Embed from Getty Images
Spurs have already lost at Anfield this season, with the Reds knocking them out of the EFL Cup earlier this term. The two sides drew 1-1 at White Hart Lane in the reverse league fixture back in August and this is expected to be another close game.
Liverpool have doubts hanging over Dejan Lovren, Adam Lallana and Ragnar Klavan, while Danny Ings and Marko Grujic remain out. Loris Karius could be recalled ahead of Simon Mignolet as Klopp continues to rotate his goalkeepers.
Spurs will be without defensive duo Jan Vertonghen and Danny Rose for the trip to Anfield, while Erik Lamela and Georges-Kevin Nkoudou are also sidelined. Kieran Trippier is a doubt but should make the bench. Pochettino could name an unchanged side to the one that beat Middlesbrough last week.
Liverpool’s last five: D/D/L/D/L
Tottenham’s last five: W/D/W/D/W
Key Stat: Mauricio Pochettino has never beaten Liverpool as Spurs manager. He’s drawn three and lost three of the previous six meetings with the Reds.
Key Player: Harry Kane – The Spurs striker has scored as many league goals in 2017 (6) as the entire Liverpool team. If the Reds defence fail to keep him quiet, they will be in for a long evening.Embed from Getty Images
Liverpool 1-1 Spurs – This is an enormous game for both sides and a loss for either would leave them in a bit of trouble, especially as there are going to be two weeks before the next round of Premier League matches after this weekend. Spurs need to avoid defeat to have any hope of staying on Chelsea’s tail, while Liverpool need to prove they are still ready to fight for a top four finish against a fellow rival.