All eyes will be on the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as the Lilywhites lock horns with Liverpool in the Premier League on Thursday night.
After falling way little, midway through the 2020/21 campaign, Jose Mourinho’s men have bounced back impressively and have secured five wins in their last six matches, including a 4-1 triumph at Adams Park over Wycombe Wanderers in the FA Cup tie on Monday.
The resurgent Tottenham Hotspurs are back in the top-four race and a win against reigning champions Liverpool could help them overtake West Ham United and close the gap between themselves and Brendan Rodgers side Leicester City to just two points. This makes the encounter an equally important assignment for the home side.
The 2020/21 campaign continues to deteriorate badly for the Reds, and just few days after their unbeaten record at Anfield in the Premier League was ended in a shock defeat to Burnley, Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool were dumped out of the FA cup tie at the hands of arch rival Manchester United.
The floundering champions are out of the top-race heading into this mouth watering encounter and anything aside a win will be appreciated as they are desperate to return to winning ways in the Premier League.
The Merseyside based club have now won just once in their last seven games in all competitions, during a period where Jurgen Klopp troop’s attacking play has been devoid of spark.
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Head-to-Head
Liverpool should be confident going into this fixture, if head to head statistics is to be considered. Jurgen Klopp’s side are unbeaten against Tottenham in the last three seasons, including a 2-0 win in the Champions League final in 2019.
The defending champions have won eight of the last 10 meetings between the two sides, with their only loss coming back in 2017.
Tottenham Hotspurs Team News
Serge Aurier will be in contention for the game after the Ivorian was an unused substitute for Tottenham’s FA Cup clash against Wycombe.
However, Matt Doherty’s participation is still in doubt after missing the game against Wycombe due to an unspecified injury. Giovani Lo Celso and Dele Alli will not be available, as both midfielders are still injured.
Liverpool Team News
The reigning champions are still ravaged by injury, especially in the heart of their defence, where they will be missing their centre-back duo of Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez.
Diogo Jota and Naby Keita will also miss the game through injury. Klopp will be hoping to have skipper Jordan Henderson back for the game, after the midfielder missed Liverpool’s last two games.
What the Managers Said
Jürgen Klopp: “We will be ready for a fight tomorrow night, but where it will lead us to I don’t know.”
Jose Mourinho: “Play Liverpool is play Liverpool, independent of all the context, independent of everything.”
Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool Predicted XI
Tottenham Predicted XI (4-2-3-1):
Hugo Lloris; Sergio Reguillon, Eric Dier, Davinson Sanchez, Serge Aurier; Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Harry Winks; Heung-min Son, Tanguy Ndombele, Steven Bergwijn; Harry Kane
Liverpool Predicted XI (4-3-3):
Alisson; Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Joel Matip, Trent Alexander-Arnold; Thiago Alcantara, Georginio Wijnaldum, Xherdan Shaqiri; Sadio Mane, Mohammed Salah, Roberto Firmino
Referee: Martin Atkinson
Assistant referees: Lee Betts, Constantine Hatzidakis
Fourth official: Kevin Friend
VAR: Jonathan Moss, Dan Robathan