Liverpool vs Tottenham Preview
Liverpool vs Tottenham
Premier League leaders Liverpool will be looking to return to winning ways when they host an out-of-form Tottenham on Sunday.
Jurgen Klopp’s title hopefuls dropped their first points of the campaign last weekend in a 1-1 draw at Manchester United, while Tottenham’s miserable form continued as they failed to beat winless Watford at home, battling to a 1-1 stalemate.
It was only a couple of months ago that these sides were competing in the UEFA Champions League final, fighting to be labelled ‘the best team in Europe’. But since Liverpool’s Champions League triumph last season, Klopp’s men are arguably even better, while Mauricio Pochettino’s side are in turmoil.
Can Spurs upset the odds and hand Liverpool their first home defeat in the Premier League since losing 2-1 to Crystal Palace on 23 April 2017? Let’s analyse both sides before making a call.
Last weekend’s draw with Man Utd ended the Reds’ 100 percent start to the Premier League season – and their 17-match winning streak – while their lead at the top of the table was cut from eight points to six.
For me, Marcus Rashford’s goal should have been disallowed as the challenge by Victor Lindelof on Divock Origi was clearly a foul. But you could also say that the fact that Klopp’s men still avoided defeat while playing poorly proves they have what it takes to win the Premier League.
Having already picked up victories against the likes of Arsenal (H), Chelsea (A) and Leicester City (H) this season, they’ll be confident of adding Spurs to the list as they’ve won each of their last three meetings against Pochettino’s side.
The Reds completed the league double over the North London side last season – both by 2-1 scorelines – and won 2-0 to win the Champions League final in Madrid.
The Merseysiders are on a run of 26 consecutive league games without defeat since falling to Manchester City back in January.
Mo Salah’s return against Spurs is a huge boost for the Reds. The Egyptian was missed against United and the 27-year-old will want to put in a fine performance and help Liverpool secure a vital win.
Tottenham are in free-fall right now and the fans have become frustrated with the way the side have been playing this season.
The North Londoners have won just one of their previous seven games after battling to a 1-1 draw at home to rock-bottom Watford last weekend.
Spurs were in disarray prior to the international break, shipping 10 goals in two games in defeats to Bayern Munich in the Champions League and Brighton in the Premier League.
Pochettino is under pressure for the first time in his tenure with some calling for him to go. The under-fire Argentine tactician has guided his side to just three wins in the Premier League and has suffered defeats to Brighton, Leicester City and Newcastle.
The North Londoners are in desperate need of a boost, and a positive result against Liverpool could give them the confidence they need. The likes of Alli, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-min and Harry Kane all need to be at their best.
Prediction – Liverpool vs Tottenham
Matchbet & Both Teams to Score – Liverpool & Yes
I can only see one result here and that’s a Liverpool victory. The Reds are dominant at home and after dropping points against United last weekend, I’m backing them to bounce back to winning ways. That said, Klopp’s men have conceded in each of their last four home games in the league, so I think Spurs can get on the scoresheet.
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