Liverpool vs Tottenham Hotspur
Competition: Barclays Premier League
Venue: Britannia Stadium
Date: Saturday; April 2; 2016
Kick off: 16:30 GMT
Referee: Jonathan Moss
Tottenham Hotspur travel to Merseyside with the chance to cut Leicester City’s lead at the top to just two points with victory over Liverpool.
Mauricio Pochettino’s side can certainly not be overlooked this weekend, though, and if qualifying for the Champions League via the Europa League is difficult with the draw, doing so via the Premier League would surely be out of the question should Liverpool lose on Saturday.
Jurgen Klopp’s men still have the advantage of at least one game in hand over the majority of teams around them in the table, which makes their ninth-place standing somewhat misleading.
There is no doubt that Spurs will have their work cut out in trying to get a result at Anfield, while the Reds will be desperate to bounce back from their capitulation at St Mary’s against Southampton earlier this month.
This is a tough match to call between two teams whose managers’ adopt a similar philosophy. A draw is perhaps on the cards in this one.
Liverpool’s Premier League record: P29– W12– D8– L9
Tottenham’s Premier League record: P31– W17– D10– L4
Liverpool’s Recent form (All competitions): L-D-W-W-W
Tottenham’s Recent form (All competitions): W-L-W-L-D
Head to Head Stats(Last 6 matches):
EPL 17-10-2015 Tottenham 0 : 0 Liverpool
EPL 10-02-2015 Liverpool 3 : 2 Tottenham
EPL 31-08-2014 Tottenham 0 : 3 Liverpool
EPL 30-03-2014 Liverpool 4 : 0 Tottenham
EPL 15-12-2013 Tottenham 0 : 5 Liverpool
EPL 10-03-2013 Liverpool 3 : 2 Tottenham
Liverpool team news:
- Jurgen Klopp has something of a minor injury crisis on his hands in attack, with Christian Benteke sidelined and Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino doubts, though Daniel Sturridge came through the 2-1 defeat to Netherlands unscathed and should start.
- Lucas Leiva and Alberto Moreno are doubts, though are unlikely to start, but Jordan Henderson should be fine to come into the side alongside Emre Can in midfield.
- Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Jordan Rossiter and Kevin Stewart all miss out through injury for the Reds.
Tottenham team news:
- Toby Alderweireld and Erik Lamela are doubts through illness and injury, respectively, but should be fit to feature for Spurs in their trip to Liverpool.
- Mauricio Pochettino is again without Nabil Bentaleb, Jan Vertonghen and Clinton N’Jie through injury, though the latter duo are expected to return in early April.
- The Argentine boss should continue with Danny Rose and Kyle Walker at left and right-back, despite their international exertions in midweek.
Liverpool (from): Mignolet, Lovren, Sakho, Clyne, Flanagan, Lallana, Allen, Milner, Coutinho, Can, Sturridge, Benteke, Henderson, Ward, Smith, Toure, Ojo, Skrtel, Firmino, Moreno, Enrique, Randall, Teixeira, Ibe.
Tottenham Hotspur (from): Lloris, Alderweireld, Wimmer, Rose, Davies, Walker, Trippier, Dier, Dembele, Alli, Mason, Carroll, Vorm, Eriksen, Onomah, Chadli, Son, Kane.
Match facts (via Opta):
- Liverpool have won five and lost none of their last six Barclays Premier League meetings with Tottenham Hotspur.
- Spurs have won just one of their last 21 league visits to Anfield (W1 D6 L14).
- Liverpool have scored 18 goals in their last six BPL matches against Spurs, but they failed to find the net last time out at White Hart Lane.
- Mauricio Pochettino’s side have lost just one of their last 14 league away matches (W8 D5 L1).
Prediction: Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham