Football Previews

Liverpool vs Tottenham preview, predictions and possible XIs

By CJ Smith

Published: 12:53, 26 October 2019

Liverpool will look to get back to winning ways in the Premier League when they host Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

The Reds were held to a 1-1 draw away at Manchester United last week but are still six points clear at the top of the table and picked up a handy 4-1 win against Genk in the Champions League on Wednesday.

Spurs, meanwhile, have won just three of their nine Premier League games so far and, even after their morale-boosting 5-0 thrashing of Red Star Belgrade in midweek, are in desperate need of a result at Anfield at the start of their Merseyside double-header.

Can Mauricio Pochettino help thwart Jurgen Klopp’s title challenge? Read on for our preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Liverpool v Spurs and where can I watch live?

Competition: Premier League

Venue: Anfield

Date: Sunday, 27 October 2019

Kick-off: 4:30 PM GMT

TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League.

Last five meetings: Liverpool vs Spurs

01 Jun 2019: Spurs 0-2 Liverpool (Champions League)

31 Mar 2019: Liverpool 2-1 Spurs (Premier League)

15 Sep 2018: Spurs 1-2 Liverpool (Premier League)

04 Feb 2018: Liverpool 2-2 Spurs (Premier League)

22 Oct 2017: Spurs 4-1 Liverpool (Premier League)

Aggregate Score: Liverpool (WWWDL) 9-8 Spurs (LLLDW)

Ones to watch

Liverpool: Mohamed Salah

Liverpool struggled without Mohamed Salah at Old Trafford last week and Klopp will be glad to have his star forward available again for the visit of Spurs.

Even in their horrendous form, Pochettino’s men are capable of posing a serious test to Liverpool, so Salah’s goalscoring exploits and link-up with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino will be key.

Key stat: Mohamed Salah has had more shots on target (11) than any other Liverpool player in the Premier League this season.

Tottenham: Toby Alderweireld

If Spurs are to have any chance of picking up a result at Anfield, they’re going to have to keep Liverpool’s ferocious attack at bay – the likes of Harry Kane and Son Heung-min will look after themselves at the other end.

Key to that will be Toby Alderweireld – the Belgian centre-back has been courted by some of Europe’s biggest clubs over the years and is one of the few defenders capable of silencing the likes of Firmino and Salah.

Key stat: Toby Alderweireld has won more aerial duels in the Premier League (19) than any other Spurs player this season.

Team news


Klopp will welcome back Trent Alexander-Arnold after the England international missed Liverpool’s Champions League clash with Genk due to illness.

Andy Robertson has recovered from a knock sustained in that match but Xherdan Shaqiri remains sideline, while Joel Matip is also a doubt with knee issue.

Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Fabinho, Henderson, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

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Giovani Lo Celso made a late cameo appearance against Red Star in midweek and could find his place on the bench against Liverpool.

Spurs have no new injury concerns but will remain without goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. Summer signing Ryan Sessegnon could be involved at some point, having overcome a hamstring injury.

Predicted XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen, Rose; Winks, Ndombele, Sissoko; Son, Kane.

Squawka prediction

This is a huge game for both sides, although for very different reasons.

Spurs’ win in midweek will certainly fill them with confidence but not to the extent where you’d expect them to get a result at Anfield.

In this first meeting between these two sides since the 2019 Champions League final, expect a similar result to that showpiece.

Scoreline prediction: Liverpool 3-1 Spurs