Tottenham Hotspur vs Liverpool: Match preview and predicted line-ups
Liverpool face their second major challenge of the season as they face last season’s third placed finishers, Tottenham. Having already faced their London rivals, Arsenal, the Reds have had a tough start to the season. With two games which could prove pivotal in the battle for the top four come the end of the season so early on in the season, both sides will be fighting for the right result in Saturday’s early kick-off at White Hart Lane.
Tottenham have enjoyed a slow start to the Premier League with two unremarkable performances securing them four points with an opening day draw at Goodison Park and victory over Crystal Palace last weekend. Spurs are yet to feature in either the EFL Cup or the Champions League, so will have the fresher legs going into this weekend’s top of the table battle.
Liverpool have continued to be hugely inconsistent, being spectacular, as at Arsenal on the opening day and at Burton in midweek in the EFL Cup, with 4-3 and 5-0 victories, sandwiched either side of a woeful performance at Turf Moor against Burnley last weekend, with the Reds suffering a 2-0 defeat despite having 81% possession. Simon Mignolet has come in for criticism, having conceded all five of the last five shots on target against him in the Premier League, but Liverpool’s attacking trio have showed early signs of great things to come in the season ahead with nine goals scored in their three games played this season.
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Mauricio Pochettino is expected to retain his starting eleven from victory over Crystal Palace, with Vincent Janssen impressing. It remains to be seen how Janssen will form a partnership with Harry Kane, with Kane playing a deeper role than usual last weekend but expected to play further forward in the future.
Jurgen Klopp may be tempted into changes for the Reds. Sadio Mane is certain to return having missed out on defeat at Burnley through injury, but it is unclear who will line up alongside him in attack. Midweek’s victory at Burton saw all three candidates for a central attacking role on the scoresheet as Daniel Sturridge notched two and Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino got one apiece. Emre Can’s injury may also hand another opportunity to Georgino Wijnaldum.
Suspensions and Injuries
Tottenham will continue to be without captain and first choice goalkeeper Hugo Lloris as his hamstring injury picked up on Merseyside on the opening day keeps him out of action until mid-September. Midfielder Moussa Dembele will serve the penultimate match of a four match ban picked up following an off the ball incident in the heated end of season exchange against Chelsea which saw Leicester City secure the title. Clinton N’Jie is expected to be available for selection following a calf injury, but is unlikely to be called upon by Pochettino.
Liverpool are sweating on the fitness of midfielder Emre Can and striker Divock Origi, both of whom suffered injuries late on in EFL Cup action against Burton Albion in midweek, though both are doubts and are not expected to feature in this weekend’s game. Joel Matip is expected to be available having completed 90 minutes in the cup, whilst Joe Gomez, Lucas Leiva and Mamadou Sakho are all now back in training, though this weekend is expected to come too soon for them to play any role. Goalkeeper and new signing Loris Karius remains out of action with a broken hand and will be watching on from the touchlines along with youngster Sheyi Ojo, who has a back injury.
It’s tough to call between these two sides. Liverpool have been hugely inconsistent with superb performances either side of an atrocious one, whilst Spurs have had a slow start to the season but have been picking up points. What will concern Jurgen Klopp is that Spurs have looked solid defensively and stuttering in attack, the opposite of the Reds. If the Tottenham defence can hold firm against the likes of Coutinho, Mane, Firmino and Sturridge, then it won’t take much to get one past Simon Mignolet. That said, we’re predicting a draw.
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