Liverpool and Spurs play an Anfield today in the late game of the day. It kicks off at 4:30pm. Liverpool are third in the table, while Spurs are fifth.
Liverpool go into this one off the back of a good 3-0 win away to Huddersfield during the week. They got back to winning ways with that win, after they were knocked out of the FA Cup by West Brom and beaten in the league by Swansea. They were on a great run of form before those games, and they’ll be hoping they can get back to that now. They’re level on points with Chelsea, and two ahead of Spurs, so if they’re beaten today they could find themselves out of the top four after Chelsea play Watford tomorrow night. Ont the other hand, a win would give them a five point advantage ahead of Spurs, and they would only be three points behind Man Utd in second. It’s a huge game for them, and they’ll be hoping to play as well as they did when they beat Man City an Anfield a few weeks ago.
They’re really good in these games, and usually show up when they’re playing the top sides. It’s an odd situation, as it usually works the other way around, but Liverpool really do well in these games. They were beaten by Spurs earlier in the season though, losing 4-1 at Wembley. They’ll be looking to put that to the back of their minds, and it should be a completely different game at Anfield. Liverpool are so good there, and they’ll know they have more than enough to get the three points.
Writing for ‘This is Anfield’, Jurgen Klopp said:
I look at our talent, quality and approach and I look at Tottenham’s and I see two clubs with fantastic players who can inspire and bring joy to supporters of all generations and who approach matches in a positive, adventurous fashion.
I see two teams and two squads of players whom anyone who loves football should relish watching compete. I see two clubs in a good way and making progress on and off the field. And yet I’m sure at Tottenham there is also constant focus on who else they could have and who else could be playing there.
I appreciate and enjoy what we have and what we are all about as a team and as a club. I am excited about what we can achieve now and in the future. I know you can only talk about ‘potential’ for so long before people become tired about it. But when I see what we do on the pitch this season and last, I see more than potential – I see delivery and progress also.
Liverpool are likely to be without Adam Lallana today, but Virgil van Dijk should start.
Spurs go into this game knowing that it’s vital they get something or they could begin to see a top four finish slip away from them. They’re only two points behind Liverpool and Chelsea, but if that gap extends to five points over the next couple of days they’ll see themselves in a real battle for the rest of the season. They’re also only three points behind arch-rivals Arsenal, after the Gunners beat Everton 5-1 yesterday. They’ll be full of confidence after beating Man Utd 2-0 at Wembley during the week, and in truth it should have been more than that. They were really, really good in that game, and if they can play like that again today they have a great chance of getting the win.
Spurs come into this game in the middle of what is a huge couple of weeks for them. They started this little run off well when they beat Man Utd, but they now have Liverpool. They play Newport in an FA Cup replay during the week, before hosting Arsenal next weekend. They then travel to Italy to take on Juventus in the Champions League. It’s make or break time for Mauricio Pochettino’s side, and we’ll see how well they come through it. We’ve seen how well they can play this season, with the wins against Liverpool, Man Utd and Real Madrid showcasing their ability. They need to keep that up now.
Speaking ahead of the game, Mauricio Pochettino told Spurs’ official website:
It’s always tough, always a special atmosphere and for me, Liverpool have one of the best squads in England and Europe.
They have amazing players, manager and coaching staff and they are so competitive. We need to enjoy it but at the same time we need to be strong and try to replicate the same level of performance.
It’s a big game like Manchester United, Arsenal…every Premier League game is big. The level of the opponent is massive and it’s important because it’s about the race for the top four – like it was against United – and so important to take the three points.
Serge Aurier, Harry Winks and Toby Alderweireld are all in with a shout of starting, but new signing Lucas Moura may not feature having not trained in recent days. We could see him from the bench, but we’ll see.
This is a game that I’m really looking forward to, and I really think it could be a great one. Both sides love to attack, and we should see quite a few goals today. I have to side towards Liverpool for this one, just because they’re usually very good at home against the big sides. I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest in Spurs got the win though, as they’re more than capable. Either way, it should be a cracker.
The team news will be out in the next few minutes, and you’ll get that up here as well. Enjoy the game.