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Tottenham v Liverpool – Match Preview

It’s fourth against fifth as Liverpool travel to face Tottenham on Thursday evening, the champions looking for their first win in six games.

Here’s all you need to know about that mouthwatering meeting at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium:

Form

Tottenham: WWWDW

After looking like firm title challengers earlier on this season, Spurs have just dipped under the radar in recent weeks, although they remain within a shout of ending their 60-year wait for a league title.

Jose Mourinho’s men are currently in fifth place in the Premier League, seven points behind leaders Manchester United, albeit having played a game less than the side they beat 6-1 earlier this term.

Spurs have had a penchant for picking up draws of late, although their last league fixture saw them put in an excellent performance to see off bottom side Sheffield United.

That win at Bramall Lane saw Tanguy Ndombele steal the show, the Frenchman netting a delightful dinked effort to illustrate his growing importance to the Spurs side.

One man who is definitely not in favour at present is England international Dele Alli, the 24-year-old rumoured to be making a move to link up with former boss Mauricio Pochettino at Paris Saint-Germain.

Liverpool: DLWDL

The champions remain only six points off the summit, yet have faltered in recent weeks, with their last five Premier League games seeing them pick up three draws and suffer two defeats, while they’ve also scored just once in that time.

Their latest league game conjured up one of the real shocks of the season, as Sean Dyche’s Burnley side earned a 1-0 win courtesy of a late Ashley Barnes penalty, condemning Liverpool to their first defeat at Anfield in 68 games.

While it has come to an end, that superb run illustrates just how good Jurgen Klopp’s men have been over the last few years, with it perhaps too soon to write them off just yet in the title race.

That being said, recent performances simply haven’t been up to their usual high standards, with their makeshift defence seemingly having an impact on the forward line as well, who are looking unusually out-of-form.

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With Virgil Van Dijk and Joe Gomez still a long way from a return, the need to sign a suitable replacement has intensified, with former Reds defender Jamie Carragher recently describing the clubs transfer inactivity as ‘preposterous’.

Whether they do add an extra body at the back remains to be seen, although for the game against Spurs, Klopp will likely once again have to make do with a centre-back pairing of Fabinho and either Joel Matip, Rhys Williams, or captain Jordan Henderson.

Last Meeting

Liverpool 2-1 Tottenham, 16 December 2020

The two sides last met just over a month ago, in what appeared at the time to be a clash between the two favourites for the title.

The champions went into the game following an emotional week for the club after the death of former Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier and, after a dominant opening, Jurgen Klopp’s side took the lead through Mo Salah, the Egyptian international seeing his effort somewhat fortuitously deflect off Toby Alderweireld before looping beyond Hugo Lloris.

Just seven minutes later the visitors hit back through a trademark counter-attack, forward Heung-Min Son latching onto a Giovani Lo Celso before cooly firing home past Alisson.

Spurs were then left to rue a handful of glorious chances as Klopp’s men grabbed a winner, Brazilian international Roberto Firmino heading a stoppage-time sucker punch to the delight of the 2,000 home supporters inside Anfield.

Predicted Lineups

Tottenham: Lloris; Aurier, Dier, Rodon, Reguilon; Ndombele, Sissoko, Hojberg; Bergwijn, Kane, Son.

Liverpool: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Matip, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Thiago, Henderson; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Who is the referee?

Martin Atkinson

How can I watch?

UK and Irish readers can watch the match on BT Sport.

What time is kick off?

Thursday 28 January, 20:00 GMT

Odds

Tottenham – 21/10

Liverpool – 5/4

Draw – 12/5

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