PREVIEW | Tottenham Hotspur v Liverpool (Premier League)

After a young Liverpool side embarrassed Everton in the FA Cup, attentions now turn back to the Premier League as the Reds visit José Mourinho’s Tottenham Hotspur.

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Liverpool travel down to north London to face an out-of-form Tottenham Hotspur side as they look to record their 11th consecutive league victory and keep up their imperious form in the competition.

After a promising start under José Mourinho, winning four of his opening five games, they have only won once in the previous five, with some claiming they are playing worse than they under his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino.

Liverpool progressed to the next round of the FA Cup and have maintained their 13-point lead since the turn of the year. A well-controlled game against Sheffield United saw them win 2-0, while the kids defeated and broke Everton.

Recent form

Tottenham only managed to draw against Middlesbrough despite fielding a strong line-up. That match pretty much summed up their recent form — they dominated the ball and produced some good chances but failed to capitalise.

Harry Kane is one of numerous injuries in the squad which hasn’t helped, though the side still should have enough quality to beat most sides they have faced recently.


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Their most recent league game saw them lose away to Southampton. The Saints are battling relegation but have claimed some big wins in recent weeks. Surprise defeats do happen to most clubs in the league, but what should be concerning for Mourinho is that Tottenham seemed to show no fight in the game.

They were overrun and should have lost by more. The closest they came to scoring was through a deflected effort towards the end of the game.

Liverpool played two of their toughest matches this season post-Christmas. They defeated a well-drilled Wolves side by a single goal, with Sadio Mané proving to be the difference for the umpteenth time this season, slotting home after been played through by Adam Lallana.

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Wolves started to grow into the game in the second half as Liverpool started to fatigue after a demanding set of fixtures. Adama Traoré and Raúl Jiménez were brought on as the away side pushed for an equaliser, but Liverpool’s defence held firm and limited Wolves to half-chances, which saw them keep a third consecutive clean sheet.

Sheffield United were next up. Chris Wilder’s side boasted an excellent away record losing only once, which was their previous game against Man City. Despite the loss, they still caused Pep Guardiola’s side problems.

Many expected to cause us similar problems but, as their manager put it, they never laid a glove on us. Liverpool dominated throughout and broke the record for most passes completed in one game. Goals from Salah and Mané gave Liverpool a deserved 2-0 win which saw the Reds match the best ever start to a league season.

Team news

José Mourinho has to make do with a handful of regulars missing though injury. Their star man Harry Kane is out until April having suffered an injury against Southampton.

Central midfielders Tanguy Ndombélé and Moussa Sissoko will also be unavailable, along with Hugo Lloris who has just returned to training following a long-term injury.

Tottenham will probably play similar to how Manchester United played against us, pushing their wing-backs high up the pitch limiting our own full-backs from entering the final third where they are most dangerous.

They do have a weak midfield, however, which could be targeted with the inclusion of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

Joël Matip and Xherdan Shaqiri both returned to training this week while Fabinho and Dejan Lovren are close to returning, but James Milner and Naby Keïta will miss the trip.

Much of the team picks itself due to limited options, but one decision Klopp will have to make is who starts in midfield. Adam Lallana has been excellent in recent weeks though an attacking player like Oxlade-Chamberlain will probably get the nod to give Liverpool an extra dimension.

Prediction

If Liverpool win against Tottenham they break another record. A 20th league win this season would see them make the best ever start in the league, beating a joint-record held by Chelsea (2005/06) and Manchester City (2017/18).

Liverpool should break the record by winning against Tottenham. José Mourinho does not have the side playing well, they have conceded 19 goals in 12 games, the same amount as the had conceded in Pochettino’s last 12 games — which included a 7-2 defeat to Bayern Munich.

In my opinion, Liverpool have just four more games to wrap up the league. Over the next month they face Tottenham, United, Wolves and West Ham — get 12 points from there would surely be no way back for City.

I think Liverpool will win to set them up and running for the month. A routine 2-0 will see Liverpool keep a seventh consecutive clean sheet with the newly-crowned African player of the year finding himself amongst the scorers.

Predicted final score: Tottenham 0-2 Liverpool

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