Liverpool vs. Tottenham
Sunday, March 31, 2019 – 4.30pm (BST)
Referee: Martin Atkinson
For once, an international break may actually have been a blessing in disguise for Reds supporters.
It has allowed them to get their breath back and prepare for what promises to be a thrilling end to the season for Jurgen Klopp‘s men.
The ugly 2-1 win at Fulham in their last outing was never fully convincing, but three points were all that mattered.
It took Liverpool two points clear of Man City, albeit having played one game more, putting a little bit of extra pressure on the champions.
It is likely that the Reds will be the ones chasing again come Sunday, however, considering City head to Fulham first.
Spurs stand in the way at Anfield this weekend in what is a major test against the third-best side in the country.
The north Londoners have stuttered in recent weeks, seeing their title chances evaporate and no league wins recorded in their last four outings—three of those were defeats—but they remain a formidable outfit.
They have quality from back to front, whether it is the defensive brilliance of Toby Alderweireld and Jan Vertonghen or the goal threat of Son Heung-min and Harry Kane.
Liverpool will need to up their level if they want to secure a priceless victory, but their superiority should get them over the finish line.
Every remaining league game feels like a final; expect Anfield to be a cauldron of noise and for Klopp and his players to deliver a big performance.
This fixture last season: Liverpool 2-2 Tottenham
Klopp has every squad member fit, which is both a first for this season and a fantastic position to be in.
Midfield selections are trickier, however, considering Fabinho has become a key man, Gini Wijnaldum is almost undroppable and both Jordan Henderson and James Milner are favourites of Klopp’s in big games.
Spurs are without midfield duo Eric Dier (hip flexor) and Harry Winks (groin), leaving Mauricio Pochettino short of midfield options.
Serge Aurier’s hamstring injury is being assessed ahead of the game.
Last 5 at Home to Tottenham (All Competitions)
Drew 2-2 – February 2018 (Salah x2; Wanyama, Kane pen)
Won 2-0 – February 2017 (Mane x2)
Won 2-1 – October 2016 (Sturridge x2; Janssen pen)
Drew 1-1 – April 2016 (Coutinho; Kane)
Won 3-2 – February 2015 (Markovic, Gerrard pen, Balotelli; Kane, Dembele)
Did You Know?
The first of those came back in the 1993/94 season, when they won 2-1 thanks to a Teddy Sheringham double.
Spurs then won 2-0 on Merseyside in May 2011, with Rafael van der Vaart and Luka Modric finding the net and helping them finish fifth ahead of Liverpool.
The north London side have also won just one of the last 13 meetings with the Reds—the 4-1 victory at Wembley in October 2017.
Liverpool – Last five results (all competitions)
Tottenham – Last five results (all competitions)
Speaking at Melwood on Friday, Klopp played down the fact that four of Liverpool’s remaining seven league games are at home.
“Of course home games are an advantage for us, but it’s not an advantage that will let us win a game with 60 percent or so.
“We love playing at Anfield, it’s a wonderful place and the boys are full of joy, we go out, everything is like we want, people are on their toes, brilliant atmosphere, so that’s all good.
Live Blog & TV Info
Liverpool vs. Tottenham is live on Sky Sports Main Event from 4.15pm (BST), with kickoff at Anfield at 4.30pm.
Alternatively, Chris Williams is in charge of This is Anfield’s matchday live blog, keeping you entertained from 3.45pm and providing minute-by-minute updates during the game.