Liverpool will aim to increase their lead at the top of the Premier League table when they travel to out-of-form Tottenham Hotspur this weekend.
Having rested a number of stars against Everton in the FA Cup, Jurgen Klopp’s men will be fresh and hungry to extend their unbeaten run.
Jose Mourinho is usually the kind of manager who can stop such feats in their tracks, but with Spurs struggling defensively of late, thwarting Liverpool is a tall order for the Londoners.
Read on for our preview, predictions, team news, possible XIs, TV info and more.
When is Spurs vs Liverpool and where can I watch live?
Competition: Premier League
Venue: Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Date: Saturday, 11 January 2020
Kick-off: 5.30 PM (UK time)
TV coverage (UK): Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League
Last five meetings: Spurs vs Liverpool
27 October 2019: Liverpool 2-1 Spurs (Premier League)
01 June 2019: Spurs 0-2 Liverpool (Champions League)
31 March 2019: Liverpool 2-1 Spurs (Premier League)
15 September 2018: Spurs 1-2 Liverpool (Premier League)
04 Feb 2018: Liverpool 2-2 Spurs (Premier League)
Aggregate Score: Spurs (LLLLD) 5-10 Liverpool (WWWWD)
Ones to watch
Spurs: Erik Lamela
Quite often when Spurs are in a rut, Erik Lamela appears to be the player trying hardest to turn things around. The Argentine, who has been injured for much of the campaign, changed the game when he came on at Middlesbrough last weekend, surely earning a start against Liverpool. He scored in this fixture last season and will be determined to do so again.
Key stat: Lamela has created 1.97 chances per 90 minutes in the Premier League this season, more than any other Spurs player.
Liverpool: Sadio Mane
Sadio Mane has always given Spurs problems, but then again he has troubled just about every opponent he’s faced over the last 12 months. The African Player of the Year for 2019 has once again been one of Liverpool’s standout players this season, and his ability to affect big games puts him in the highest bracket of footballer. He’s bound to have an impact this weekend.
Key stat: In 2019, Sadio Mane directly contributed to 46 goals in 63 games on his way to being named African Player of the Year for the first time.
Moussa Sissoko is the latest player to join Spurs’ injury list after being ruled out until April with a knee injury. He will be joined by Harry Kane, who has also been ruled out for up to four months, and will now undergo surgery on his injured hamstring.
They are joined on the sidelines by Hugo Lloris, Danny Rose and Ben Davies. Tanguy Ndombele is also a doubt. Erik Lamela could make his first league start under Mourinho.
Predicted XI: Gazzaniga; Aurier, Alderweireld, Sanchez, Vertonghen; Dier, Winks; Lamela, Alli, Lucas; Son.
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Klopp will welcome back a number of big names who were rested against Everton. Joel Matip, Xherdan Shaqiri, Fabinho, Naby Keita and Dejan Lovren are all still out, as is James Milner after limping off against Everton.
“James [Milner] and Naby [Keita] are not unavailable,” Klopp told Friday’s media conference.
“Both are muscle injuries, different, and they are different people. We will see how quick it will be. We don’t have to put a time frame on it because we don’t know exactly.
“We are open to when they want to join us again, when the medical team gives them the green light. Not for this weekend, not for next week. then we will see.
“Dejan [Lovren] and Fabinho we expect back next week in full training.”
Takumi Minamino is in line to make his Premier League debut.
Predicted XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Gomez, Van Dijk, Robertson; Henderson, Wijnaldum, Oxlade-Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.
Spurs simply can’t keep clean sheets at the moment despite Jose Mourinho’s impressive track record when it comes to improving defences. He clearly needs more time, but Liverpool will look to take advantage of Spurs’ poor form on Saturday. It could be a convincing win for the visitors.
Scoreline prediction: Spurs 0-3 Liverpool
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