Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Preview
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Match Preview: Lineups, Team news, betting tips and predictions
Liverpool travel to London to face Tottenham Hotspur looking to make the best start ever in the history of top flight English football. The reds are unbeaten and have remarkably only dropped 2 points all season. A win on Saturday will make it 20 wins in 21 games and will cement their start as the best ever in the 131 year history of top flight football in England. However, they are facing a familiar foe, Jose Mourinho who has spoilt parties for Liverpool before.
Jurgen Klopp and his men have picked up 58 points from a possible 60 and only Manchester City’s centurions of the 2017/2018 season have ever done as well after 20 games of an English top-flight season, but they drew game number 21. A Liverpool win would see them set a new benchmark of 61 points from a possible 63. The Reds are 13 points ahead of second placed Leicester City and have played a game less.
The initial talk of Liverpool finally getting the premier league trophy that has eluded them since 1990 has now moved to the possibility of an invincible campaign but Jurgen Klopp says his eyes are firmly on the prize. The Reds have not even conceded a Premier League goal since Everton visited Anfield in early December, and have kept five top-flight clean sheets on the bounce having previously managed only two in their opening 15 games of the season.
Having rested a number of stars against Everton in the FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be fresh and hungry to extend their unbeaten run. Jose Mourinho is usually the kind of manager who can stop such feats in their tracks, but with Spurs struggling defensively of late, stopping the Liverpool train seems like Mission Impossible 7.
Jose Mourinho led Spurs can not seem to keep a clean sheet to save their lives, and have only managed one clean sheet in 12 attempts under him. Tottenham are not really in form coming into this game, having managed just one win in their last 5 matches in all competitions, including a 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough in their FA Cup fixture.
In their last league game, they lost 1-0 to Southampton on the south coast, but their home form under Jose Mourinho isn’t bad with 4 wins out of 5, losing 0-2 to Frank Lampard’s Chelsea side. However, their wins have been against teams expected to lose, and they are at risk of losing back to back games for the first time this season.
Tottenham league form: WWLWDL
Liverpool league form: WWWWWW
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Team news and injury updates:
Tottenham: Spurs have confirmed that striker Harry Kane is set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines after tearing his hamstring in the defeat to Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Moussa Sissoko has also been ruled out for at least three months and Mourinho has cast serious doubt over the fitness of Tanguy Ndombele and Hugo Lloris, while Danny Rose and Ben Davies still remain on the sidelines.
Possible XI: Gazzaniga; Sanchez, Alderweireld, Vertonghen; Aurier, Alli, Winks, Eriksen, Sessegnon; Son, Lucas.
Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp will be happy with the return of some players from injury, with Xherdan Shaqiri, Joel Matip and Dejan Lovren set for fitness tests ahead of the trip to North London.
James Milner was injured in the FA cup win against Everton however, an injury which threatens to keep him sidelined for the foreseeable future, adding to Liverpool’s midfield shortage with Naby Keita and Fabinho also still on the treatment table.
Possible XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Oxlade-Chamberlain, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Head to Head:
- Liverpool have lost just one of the last 16 meetings between these two sides. A run stretching all the way back to 2012.
- Liverpool have won the last 4 meetings with spurs in all competitions.
- Liverpool have scored first in their last 6 games in all competitions and Spurs have conceded first in their last 5.
- Spurs have failed to keep a clean sheet against Liverpool in their last 10 meetings.
- There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 5 of the last 6 six meetings between these two sides.
Betting tips and predictions:
- Liverpool to win or draw
- Sadio Mane/Mohammed Salah anytime goalscorer
- At least one team to score over 1.5 goals.