Match Preview: Liverpool vs. Tottenham Hotspur

This is the 50th Premier League game between the two sides, Liverpool lead the way with 22 wins, Spurs have lost 15 of their 24 Premier League visits to Anfield and have only managed two wins. The meeting back in August ended 1-1, a penalty from James Milner and an equaliser from Danny Rose. The last win for either side was back in 2014-15 season, in which Liverpool recorded a double, winning 3-2 at Anfield and 3-0 at White Hart Lane. The two teams meet in contrasting form, Liverpool have no league wins in 5 games and Spurs are unbeaten in their last nine games.  This has left Liverpool in fifth positon in the league and Spurs have moved up into second. Liverpool will hope to continue their good form against Spurs as they haven’t lost for eight games, they last went nine unbeaten back in 1998.

Liverpool like to line up in a 4-3-3 formation, like to keep possession of the football averaging 58.8% which is 2nd best in the league. They create a lot of scoring opportunities and average 17.1 shots per game, which is only second to Spurs who average 17.5. They have been more clinical in front of goal than Spurs having scored 52, seven more than their opponents. Liverpool only concede on average 7.8 shots per game the best in the league, compared to Spurs whose is 9.1 a game. However, Liverpool have conceded almost double the amount of goals Spurs has. This statistic may demonstrate why Jürgen Klopp has used both goalkeepers Mignolet (14 appearances) and Karius (10 appearances) as he is undecided on his number one. Spurs have used both 4-3-2-1 and 3-4-2-1 formations this season. The injury to Danny Rose could mean Mauricio Pochettino uses a flat back four until his return, Ben Davies is more suited to a left back role than a wing back position. Spurs are maintaining their excellent defensive record this season with 11 clean sheets and only conceding on average 0.67 goals a game, which is the 2nd best in Europe. Spurs will need to be at their best as Liverpool’s 52 goals for are the fifth highest in Europe. Midfield duo Mousa Dembele and Victor Wanyama are creating a formidable partnership, the pair complement each other’s styles and have contributed to the team’s excellent defensive record. 

Spurs won their home game against Middlesbrough 1-0 a penalty from Harry Kane was enough to claim all three points. It was Kane’s 14th league goal and he will hope to carry on his good form at Anfield, as he has been involved in all three of Spurs’ goals in their last two Premier League matches (2 goals 1 assist). Christian Eriksen leads the two teams in assists with 8, Adam Lallana is second with 7 assists. Liverpool lost 2-0 away to Hull in their last game despite having 72.2 possession, more shots on and off target, 15 corners and over double the passes that Hull managed. A Spurs win could put Liverpool 7 points behind them and 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.

How the teams may line up:

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