Liverpool vs Tottenham preview: Analysis, Team News, Match Facts, and Prediction

Liverpool play hosts to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night as the top two teams in the Premier League collide.

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Jurgen Klopp’s side is yet to find a string of consistent results in the league this season as a 4-0 rout over Wolves earlier in the month ushered in hopes of redemption before it was halted by a 1-1 draw with Fulham away from home this past weekend.

That result however was to Tottenham’s benefit as they were also held by Crystal Palace 1-1 during the weekend. Tottenham retains the top spot and will look to preserve their position when they lock horns with the Reds on Wednesday.

Jose Mourinho’s side has responded well to their tough run of fixtures so far, securing wins over Manchester City and Arsenal while sharing the points against Chelsea.

The game with Liverpool should mark the end of this difficult phase, and one can imagine how rewarding it will be for the visitors to secure all three points at Anfield.

Despite Liverpool’s inconsistencies this season, their home turf has been a fortress as they are yet to lose at Anfield. They also have a stellar record against Spurs, having lost just one of the last 15 meetings between these two sides and winning all of the last four matches – making them the undisputed favourites.

Team News

Liverpool still has doubts over the fitness of Joel Matip and midfielder Naby Keita ahead of their top-of-the-table clash with Tottenham.

Matip was forced off at half-time in Sunday’s Premier League draw with Fulham with a back spasm and is receiving treatment, while Keita missed the match with a knock that could keep him out again.

Midfielders Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner, and Thiago Alcantara all remain sidelined with muscle, hamstring, and knee injuries respectively.

Tottenham are also likely to be without Gareth Bale for the trip to Anfield as the Wales international is struggling with an illness that kept him out of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Crystal Palace.

Erik Lamela (Achilles) and Japhet Tanganga (shoulder) are also missing.

Stats and facts heading into the match (Backed by Opta)

  • Liverpool have lost just one of their last 15 Premier League games against Tottenham (W10 D4), going down 1-4 at Wembley in October 2017. The Reds have won their last four against Spurs in the league, all by a margin of just one goal (3x 2-1, 1x 1-0).
  • Tottenham have won just one of their last 26 Premier League away games against Liverpool (D8 L17), winning 2-0 in May 2011 under Harry Redknapp.
  • Tottenham have won three of their last seven away league games against reigning top-flight champions (D2 L2), beating Man Utd in 2013-14, Leicester in 2016-17 and Chelsea in 2017-18 – they’d only won three of their previous 40 such matches (D6 L31).
  • Spurs have never lost six consecutive matches against Liverpool in all competitions – they last endured such a losing run against an opponent versus Man Utd between September 2001 and September 2004 (seven defeats in a row).
  • Liverpool have already dropped 11 points in the Premier League this season (W7 D4 L1), with the Reds only dropping 15 in the entirety of their title-winning season in 2019/20, taking them until the 35th game last season to drop their 11th point in a 1-1 draw with Burnley.
  • Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho has never won away against Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp in five attempts in all competitions (D2 L3), making the German the manager he’s faced the most away from home without ever tasting victory.
  • Liverpool have scored their last 18 Premier League penalties, with Mohamed Salah converting 12 of those. This run of consecutive scoring from the spot is the longest by a team since Sunderland scored 23 consecutive penalties between March 2012 and January 2017.
  • Spurs striker Harry Kane has been involved in 19 goals in 12 Premier League games this season (9 goals, 10 assists). Another goal will see him reach double figures for both goals and assists – the fewest appearances needed to achieve this in a season in Premier League history is 17 games, achieved by Cesc Fàbregas in 2009/10 for Arsenal.

Prediction

Liverpool are yet to be beaten at Anfield this season but if there’s any team that can render that stat useless, it’s Jose Mourinho’s counter-attacking side.

Verdict: Liverpool 1-2 Tottenham Hotspur

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