Match Preview: Tottenham Hotspur vs. Liverpool

Saturday's encounter will be the 49th time Spurs and Liverpool will have faced each other in the Premier League. Liverpool have come out on top with 22 wins, Spurs trail behind with just 13 (11 of which have come at White Hart Lane), with 14 games ending in a draw. 

The two teams couldn’t be separated last season, with both games ending in a draw, Spurs however, had the significantly better season finishing in 3rd and 10 points clear of them in 8th place. Liverpool were finalists in the Europa League and the Capital One Cup but without securing any silverware or European football they will be hoping for a better 2016/17 season. Jürgen Klopp has added to his squad with the signings of Ragnar Klavan, Georgino Wijnaldum and Sadio Mane. Klopp will be hoping the latter two will give the Merseyside club a greater attacking threat.

Tottenham vs. Liverpool in the Premier League

Liverpool like to line up in 4-3-3 formation, they like to engage in a high-intensity press to win the ball back quickly from the opposition. Both teams adopt a similar approach so it will be an interesting matchup, whoever executes this game plan better will look to come out on top. Liverpool conceded 50 goals last season compared to 35 by Spurs, their defence was often exposed with a lack of focus and discipline. Scoring goals seem to come more easily and despite their strikers suffering from injuries and lack of form they bagged over 60 goals only 6 behind Spurs. Roberto Firmino was their top scorer in the Premier League with 10 goals, which was a good return on his debut season. Spurs will again line up in a 4-2-3-1 formation and will look to put Liverpool’s defenders under pressure, with 11 defensive errors leading directly to a goal last season. This was evident again this season with them already conceding 5 goals in their opening two Premier League games. Simon Mignolet came under a lot of criticism last season, he will be put under even more pressure by the signing of Loris Karius; the German was signed to compete for the number one spot.

Liverpool return to North London for the second time this month, after beating Arsenal 4-3 in their opening Premier League game. They are starting their league campaign with three consecutive away games, as Anfield is completing some renovation work. Liverpool could not follow up their win at the Emirates, as their lost to newly promoted Burnley 2-0. Spurs secured their first win of the campaign by beating Crystal Palace 1-0. The goal came from Victor Wanyama, who was scoring on his home debut. Harry Kane was played just behind striker Victor Janssen for the 1st time, and the pair were able to link up well together. This gives Pochettino an added dimension when making his team selections and given time could become a fruitful partnership between the two. Christian Eriksen made his 100th Premier League appearance for Spurs, and the club are in discussions to ensure he stays with the club long term. Although the usual influential Dane has started a little under par this season, and with competition for places once Moussa Dembele serves his suspension he will need to greatly improve. Both teams will need to be significantly more efficient in front of goal, with Liverpool having 26 shots at Turf Moor and failing to convert any, Spurs having 20 shots on goal and converting just one. 

Here's how the two sides may line up:

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