Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool
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Tottenham host Liverpool on Sunday at Wembley, with Mauricio Pochettino’s side keen to kick on after a hard fought point against Real Madrid at the Bernabeu in mid-week.
Tottenham have four injury worries to concern them. Ben Davies, Moussa Dembele, Victor Wanyama, and Erik Lamela all remain on the treatment table for the hosts, but on the positive side it’s very likely that they will be able to welcome back Danny Rose after he came on for his first game since the start of the year against Real Madrid on Tuesday.
For Liverpool, they will be without long term injuries Sadio Mane, Adam Lallana, and Nathaniel Clyne, but apart from those three everyone else is ready for Sunday.
Both teams go into this match off the back of impressive midweek Champions League performances. Spurs went to the Bernabeu with most of the world expecting it to be a close encounter but Real to sneak it probably by one goal, but the visitors were magnificent taking the league before a Ronaldo penalty allowed Real back in but ultimately keeping the hosts out earning a hard-fought point. They had Llloris to thank for it granted, with the Frenchman making some truly spectacular saves notably from Benzema, but it was a good performance nonetheless.
Liverpool were also very impressive midweek, coming away with a 7-0 win at Maribor. Goals have recently been hard to come by for Liverpool, not helped by the absence of Lallana and Mane, but now with that demolition of the Slovenian champions the Reds will be hoping that the shackles are off.Embed from Getty Images
I personally cannot wait for this game on Sunday afternoon: both teams look to be gaining a bit of momentum and both possess outstanding attacking players. For Liverpool, Coutinho and Salah are playing incredibly well, and then for Tottenham, Kane seems to have found his scoring boots, and Eriksen is just being Eriksen and giving his strikers chance after chance. What Spurs really need is Dele Alli to hit some form, his 29 goals in all competitions last year is beginning to seem like a one off, if he wants that move abroad then he is going to have to earn it.
Klopp himself should be confident having never lost against Tottenham but he hasn’t played against this Spurs team. I’m expecting goals, especially considering Liverpool just cannot defend, so I’m saying 3-2 Tottenham. But don’t put your money on it, I wouldn’t put mine.
Written by Olly Norman.